April 9, 2014

Installing New Faux Wood Blinds

I am soooo excited to show you this! Hubby and I just made a dramatic change to our dining area. This is what it looked like before...
Kitchen Before
I've been feeling like the dining room area has looked a bit dreary and cave(ish).

Here's another picture that shows you a bit more of the cave like effect I've been feeling lately.
Kitchen Before
 Now.... it looks like this!
Brand New Blinds are up
Can you say WOW??!!! I am in LOVE!! Am I using enough exclamation points?

Yes, I still have tons more to do, but I feel this is definitely a step in the right direction.

What you might not realize is that there was no support for the blinds under the arch window.
Needed Support For Arch Double Window
I really didn't want a 70"X70" blind there. So, Hubby and I built the support for each window to support a blind.

It really wasn't that hard and it looks like it was supposed to be there. We needed the board to be 3" wide to work.

Now, you know that you can't find 3" wide boards.
They are 2X2 or 2X4 and so forth.

We bought one 2X4X12 and had them cut it in half. We needed 70" for each board. It was perfect! Hubs cut down the 2X4's to 3".
Cutting a 2x4 into a 2x3 inch board
He used the fabulous Kreg Jig...
Kreg Jigs are awesome!
If you've never used one they are amazing! It will make attaching these supports to the frame so much easier and secure.

I really appreciate all my hubby does!
Fitting Supports for Blinds
It was getting late, but we wanted to make sure everything fit.
Blind supports are up

Looks good! The next day, I worked with the wood filler and sanded and primed the boards.
Blind supports are up
Just a bit of caulk along the edges and we are ready for paint!

Well, that was going to happen the next day, but I caught some bug and it wiped me out! Fever and chills for 2 days! Good news is I feel great today!

I painted the the supports and Hubs finished putting up the blinds. I am smiling!

A few details on the blinds. Hubby and I looked at what Lowes and Home Depot had. We picked the ones at Home Depot. 

They were 2 1/2" blinds instead of 2". But the clincher was 2 things...

The price was about $10 cheaper than Lowes, but the number one thing? This little guy...
Child Safety Breakaway Cord
Child Safety Breakaway Cord. When any pressure is place on it, it does this.
Child Safety Breakaway Cord
I just think it looks so much better than this...
All those cords dangling on the right.
This was a sample at Lowes. I really don't like all those cords dangling together, plus they usually get all tangled up. 

I also like the cords that move the blinds instead of that twisty pole.

Doesn't this look so much better?? The cords are hardly noticeable.
Blinds up with fewer cords hanging
How about another quick before and after?
Kitchen Before

New blinds are up - Let the sun shine in
Ahhh... Fresh, light, airy! I am ready to get to work on all of this! Soon... very soon!  :)

Update: If you want to see how it looks today! Check these links out:

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The Stonybrook House
The Stonybrook House

I have been blogging for about 7 years and I enjoy sharing all the things that go on here at The Stonybrook House. From building to decorating, crafting and cooking, and so much more. I enjoy gardening and a healthy lifestyle. Most importantly I love The Lord Jesus my Savior and my wonderful hubby of 30+ years!