October 24th, 2014
After we renovated our kitchen, I knew our window needed some type of window treatment but I didn’t know what to use until I read this post on Young House Love that featured faux wood blinds from the Home Depot. Luckily our Home Depot in Canada carried the same blinds! After seeing them in person, they were definitely my no. 1 pick – I loved the look, the weight, and feel of the blinds. After choosing the right size based on our window (make sure it is wider than your window, if unsure, talk to an associate in the store), I had the blinds cut to the proper width (this service was free!) to mount the blinds inside the window frame. Pretty easy.
Now… Installing the blinds. I won’t go into detail with all the steps, as the instructions that come with the blinds are very straightforward and easy to follow. You do need to have an understanding on how to operate a cordless drill.
Since this is an easy DIY project, all you need is a:
- Cordless Drill
- Tape measure
- Instructions that come with the product
Total Time: 20 mins
Once you fasten the mount and then snap the blind into the mount, you will probably need to alter the length. I know it sounds scary, removing the slats, but it really isn’t! Sometimes Matt and I like to do things in teams, this project was one of them. After we read the instructions and watched this handy video provided by the Home Depot, we were ready!
We first removed the bottom piece and took out about 6 slats using scissors. We then made sure it was level, tied up the excess string, and fit the bottom piece back on! It can be a bit tricky, so be sure to watch the video from the Home Depot.
Now for the finishing touch for our kitchen window…
I wanted roman blinds but this window is far too wide to support a functioning roman shade, and I wanted a flat look, I didn’t want a soft, billowy fold. I’m not sure if I have ever used the word ‘billowy’ but it seems like the right word when I thought of what I don’t want. I still wanted to add another fabric in the room, particularly, Sarah Richardson’s Walmsley Linen fabric. The solution? a valance. I didn’t give much credit to valances because I always thought of them as a style that I didn’t want in my home. But with the right fabric and style, it can definitely work!
Here is our lovely before picture…
Such an easy & great way to add some warmth and personalize your kitchen!