Friday, July 26, 2013

Hanging Curtains on a Vertical Blind Track

For some reason vertical blinds remind me of my old apartment-living days. When we bought our house the den's sliding door came with vertical blinds and I've always meant to replace them with curtains to make the room more cozy. Now I finally have, without having to take down the vertical blind track hardware. Here's a before and after...



 
It's nice to still have the convenience of using the slider to open and close the drapes. I don't really mind that they open to one side because the active part of our sliding door remains clear. By the way, my dog Eddie is a huge camera hog.

Here's how I hung curtains on the vertical blind track...

The curtain panels are from Ikea. I only needed one set of 2 panels for this project. They're the Kajsamia panels.

1. Cut off the grommet top area of the panels.

2. Sew the 2 panels together in the middle so there's one big panel (I was able to line up the trees).

3. Finish the top edge (fold under twice and sew).

4. Measure the width and add a few extra inches so that the panels won't be totally flat when the curtains are closed. Cut and finish the side edge.

5. Now count how many hooks you'll need to attach to the panels. I had 33 "stems" in the track so I needed 33 hooks. The panel width was 107" so I divided that by 33 and got a rough estimate of how far apart the hooks needed to be.



6. I used these hooks from Jo-Ann. Getting them into the fabric is a pain on the fingers but it's probably because they're meant for lighter fabrics? If you can find something else to use, go for it. Just make sure they hang nicely on the stems of the track.

 
7. Hang a few of the hooks onto the stems to get the length right. Pin and hem the length. Save the fabric cuttings for the valance.

VALANCE:

I used black foam core, some batting, some strips of cardboard, and a glue gun to make the valance. All the existing valance hardware is used, this project just gives it a face lift.

1. Cut strips of foam core any width you'd like. Mine are about 6 inches. I needed 3 strips and I attached them together using thin cardboard and hot glue to make one long strip. The strips are as long as the existing vertical blind valance.


 

2. Measure and cut some batting to wrap and hot glue around the foam core valance.

 
3 Measure out and hot glued the extra fabric onto the foam core valance.



4. Now hot glue the old valance onto the back of the new valance, just in the middle. Leave the edges clear so that the old valance fits back into the clips on the track.

5. Now just click the old valance back where it was. (It's easiest if you take the valance clips down first, put them on the new valance, then click the valance back up).


That's it, super easy. Thanks for looking!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Easy Kids Room Sign Project

This week I made a door sign to finish off Ally's room. It was really easy. The hardest part was figuring out what lettering to use and not messing it up with my shaky hands. Here's what you need to make this.

1. Unfinished wood plaque
2. Pink spray paint
3. Painted wood cutout - kitty or other critter
4. White paint marker
5. Adhesives - E6000 and strong double sided tape

I purchased the unfinished wood plaque, which I spray painted pink from Michael's Arts & Crafts. Here's a link to the plaque.

The kitty is also from Michael's and came already painted and ready to stick on with some strong adhesive. I used E6000. They have a lot of really cute, painted wood cutouts at the store. I couldn't find them online but they do have them for purchase online at Hobby Lobby. Most of them are around $0.50.

The white paint marker used is a DecoColor "broad line" paint marker in white, purchased at JoAnn (Michael's was sold out of white).
Looking at sample signs online can help you get an idea of the font you want to use. Before writing in paint, I wrote "Allison's Room" lightly with a white pencil.

Finally, the plaque is attached to the door with some Scotch Super Heavy Duty Indoor/Outdoor Double-Sided Mounting Tape. Whew! Say that ten times fast. This stuff is great to have around the house.

Here's another picture of the finished project. Thanks for looking!