Friday, 2 July 2010

fancy bathroom blind

no more peep shows!!  as budget did not allow for a fancy custom printed blind, i decided to cobble together a custom patterned blind myself.  i used a fantastic kaffe fassett fabric from my hoard, so now i can look at it every day as opposed to looking at it neatly folded in a cupboard!


i started with an ikea cheapest ENJE roller blind and my lovely, lovely fabric...


i measured the length that the blind needed to be when fully rolled down in situ, and marked this length plus 5cm (so there would be no way that we would see the abrupt end of the fabric)...


i then weighed down the fabric and measured it against the blind, leaving about 10cm extra to wrap over the back.  (the champagne was a congratulatory bottle for a visual merchandising competition this time last year which is still to be drunk when i and my glamourous assistant get together for dinner - it was the heaviest thing  i had to hand!!!)


i used my new favourite adhesive product (and i do like adhesive products A LOT) to stick the fabric to the blind...


i spread the pva on in about 20cm sections and smoothed the fabric on using my metal metre rule (this was suprisingly effective, i only had to unpeel it a couple of tiny bits, due to small creases in the middle - i should have ironed them out first)


then i just had to adhere the remainder to the back of the blind, cut a straight edge...


and trim the along the edges (my fabric was only slightly wider than the blind, so i didn't need to cut the width before i pasted it).

then mr l.c., with his superior diy skillz, kindly fitted the blind, et voila...


a very stylish addition even though i say so myself, with the plus side that my neighbours no longer can be ambushed by the sight of my what would very kindly be described as rubenesque flesh anymore.

14 comments:

Brian said...

Hi!
I just stumbled upon this project from ikeahacker.blogspot.com and followed some links and found myself here---great project! I just wanted to ask about the bottles in your bathroom---is that Bombay Sapphire in the corner? What're they there for? It's a great look, just curious if they're functional!

Lisa said...

Found this post via Ohdeedoh--great idea! Am going to try it for my kitchen window. :)

kalanicut said...

Also popped over from Ohdeedoh. You've got my brain percolating about what I could do while The Man is out of town. Hmmmmm. "Let's see, how wide are these two windows.... (as she starts immediately measuring)...haa-haa.

Leslie said...

Ditto here - popped in from Ohdeedoh. Brilliant.

Karen said...

Saw this on Ohdeedoh - I am totally going to try this in my daughter's room! Thanks for the inspiration (and instructions)!

Cynthia said...

Brilliant!

Jweaver said...

I too saw this on Ohdeedoh and can't wait to give it a try myself! What a great idea, thank you!

Bethany said...

Did you paint the adhesive on with a paint brush?

glennjenny said...

Love these and i'm dying to make them. I couldn't find the evo bond (i even found it online, but i guess it's only sold in stores and there are non near me) so i bought a spray adhesive instead. just tried it and it did not go well, but i was able to peal the fabric off and should be able to give it another shot. Any suggestions??? one of the problems i have is the adhesive bleeds through leaving it wet looking in spots. what texture is your adhesive and why does it not bleed through?

Scooper said...

Love! I've been looking for a stylish, effective solution for the hot, late-day sun that comes through our great room this time of year. This would be perfect. That fabric is fantastic!

Jeanette said...

I read ohdeedoh! but actually found this post via Pinterest! I've been wanting to do similar projects for our bedrooms with some vintage sheets...just for a little color and not a plain white shade! Thanks...imma gonna pin this & do some projects this winter!

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