My Latest DIY

November 30, 2010 at 8:41 AM 14 comments

As I was working on my project yesterday, I made up a conversation in my head with my husband:
“Hi babe, what did you do today?” – husband

“Well, I started out with some client e-mails and then I saw a golden opportunity to take advantage of a bit of a lull in my work to get projects on our apartment finished.” – me

“Great! Did you clean up our bedroom?”


“Did you unpack your bag from our weekend away?”


“Did you go grocery shopping and restock the fridge with essentials?”


“What did you do?”

“I added more flowers to our living room decor”

Hmmmmmmm. After I write this post in preparation for tomorrow, I best be tackling some much needed house chores before my husband gets home and we have that exact conversation.

Here is my little project that took about five hours. It should be much more simple then that but I’m slow.
I took our mini blinds in our living room and I converted them to roman shades – all thanks to a DIY tutorial from Jenny of Little Green Notebook.

What you need:
Fabric (yardage depends on size of window)
Mini Blinds
Fabric Glue
Tape measure

Here’s how you do it:

1. Measure your mini blinds and figure out how many folds you want for your roman shades. I did as Jenny did from Little Green Notebook and I measured every 9 inches.

2. Let out the blinds as long as they can be and carefully cut the thin ladder like strings. Careful not to cut the lift cord!

3. Take out the thick plastic plugs from the bottom of the blind and remove the thick bottom slat piece. Remove all of the slats except for the amount that you need for your folds for your Roman Shades. I kept five on.

4. I found this to be the most difficult part. Make sure that the blinds are at the length that you want them and reinstall the bottom slat piece at the correct length for the window. Trim the extra cord away from the bottom.

5. Now it’s time to start gluing. Start with the top of the shade. Fold over a nice even crease and glue crease onto the front of the top rail mount. Do not glue onto the sides of the top rail mount as this will need to fit back into the brackets.

6. Glue the other three sides. Starts with each slat and glue the rounded part onto the fabric. Then glue each side down in a nice even crease.

7. Optional: Glue a decorative trim onto the roman shade (I skipped this step).

8. Rehang your blinds and feel proud of yourself!

I still have two more windows to finish but I need more fabric. So it’s back to the fabric store before this project is finished up.

Now that I’ve figured out how to do this, it will go much faster in the future. For all those renters out there, I recommend giving this a try. Mine wasn’t perfect but it sure is better than the mini-blinds. Oh and for the record, since my mom is a reader, I did get all my chores done in time. πŸ™‚

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14 Comments Add your own

  • 1. katecollinsinteriors  |  November 30, 2010 at 10:19 AM

    CONGRATULATIONS These look great and I am sooo glad you got your chores done also.
    Love, Mom

    • 2. katecollinsinteriors  |  November 30, 2010 at 11:17 AM

      Thanks mom! I thought I’d slip in the chores update just for you.

  • 3. Anna  |  November 30, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    i love lamp.

    • 4. katecollinsinteriors  |  November 30, 2010 at 11:17 AM

      Thanks! It’s a tripod lamp from Pottery Barn that I got when I worked there but they don’t sell it anymore.

  • 5. Katy  |  November 30, 2010 at 10:43 AM

    That is AWESOME. Congratulations on trying it and completing it successfully!! Great work!

    • 6. katecollinsinteriors  |  November 30, 2010 at 11:18 AM

      Thanks! Now, I’m going to try to tackle the rest of the windows as the week progresses.

  • 7. consciouscloset  |  November 30, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    I am SO excited about this, Kate! Michael and I were just talking about the blinds in our house and how they’re so boring and don’t help with keeping the cold air out. I’m definitely going to give this one a try! Thanks for sharing.

    • 8. katecollinsinteriors  |  November 30, 2010 at 11:20 AM

      Oh good! I’m so glad I could help! Here is the link to Jenny’s tutorial as well -

      You could also glue onto the back a blackout lining which would help with the cold.

  • 9. Brittany  |  November 30, 2010 at 11:09 AM

    Nice work, Kate! These look amazing! Pretty impressive DIY skillz, too. πŸ˜‰

    • 10. katecollinsinteriors  |  November 30, 2010 at 11:20 AM

      Thank you!! I wish I knew how to do this when we were working on Elise’s room. Although, this is in no way as professional looking and it doesn’t have the all important black out lining.

  • 11. Glynnis  |  November 30, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    Very impressive Kate. It looks beautiful – and good job on the chores too!

    • 12. Kate Belchers  |  November 30, 2010 at 1:36 PM

      Thank you! I used the fabric that you saw when you came over and suggested for the living room.

  • 13. Minneapolis Hunter  |  December 1, 2010 at 8:38 AM

    Love the fabric you chose!

  • 14. caitlin  |  December 3, 2010 at 10:20 AM

    BEST IDEA EVER!!!! Awesome work…totally going to have to try this. GENIUS! πŸ™‚


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