We had one of those basic roll up blinds in the window before. Great for keeping out the light, and the heat of the summer sun, but that’s about it.
The beach mats came with the blue edging. Perfect for the guest room. They measured about 36″ wide x 72″ long.
The height of the guest room window is 60″. I laid out my beach mat, measured to the 59″ mark, and placed a 1″ x 1″ piece of lumber at that spot. This will leave a valance of about 12″.
I folded over the valance portion, and used my staple gun to attach the beach mat to the piece of lumber.
I laid it back out and predrilled two screws into the 1×1.
I held the beach mat in place and drilled the screws into the top of the window.
I wanted something to hold up the blind when it’ll be open, and this straw belt that I found at the thrift store for $1 fit the bill perfectly.
I slipped the belt over the top of the blind, and then finished tightening the screws. The belt was way too long so I cut it where I needed to.
To pretty it up a bit I added this thrifted $1 brooch.
The blind can either be rolled up nice and neat, or simply pushed up with my hand, before securing the velcroed belt to hold it in place.
So, for about $3 I have a nice new blind that goes perfectly with the French Caribbean theme of the guest room.
And it was sooo easy!!
I really love the look, and even though the blind is very light it really does keep out the heat of the sun. That’s always an issue here in the summer because we don’t have central air.
A few months ago I returned to permanent full-time hours in my day job, after working part-time for about 8 years, so my guest room makeover slowed down for a little while. But I’m happy to say that I’ve recently made great progress, and I’m now ready to begin posting new projects from this makeover.
This is just the first! So stay tuned!