Sunday, April 21, 2013

Bamboo shades aren't just for screened porches!


I hate mini blinds.  I always have. They really don't offer any style, plus we heat our house with a wood stove in the winter, so they get especially grimy and you can't clean them easily.  I have pretty bad allergies, so the less surfaces for dust and pet hair to settle, the better.  Sure, there are lots of great commercials for things that are supposed to make it really snappy, but with the wood stove, there was always a layer of grime that a static brush just didn't catch.  Once a year, twice if I felt ambitious, I would take them outside, spray them down with Crud Cutter, and they'd gleam for a few months.

Our house faces a fairly busy road too, and because of that, we also catch some road grime on the front of the house when we have the windows open.  Not covering the windows wasn't really an option, and though I like wood blinds, I would have had the same issues with cleaning.  So, I decided on bamboo shades.  Hopefully they'll be a little easier to wipe down, plus, they bring some beautiful texture to the rooms.


I didn't grab my camera in time for a "before" in the bedroom, but I did get a "during"!  Hubby had to help me, only because he's still not sure about trusting me with putting holes in things, particularly the window frames, but they were really easy to install.  You just attach the brackets to the blinds, hold it up to the window to mark the spots, and screw them into place.  Then you hold the blind up, use the wing nut to attach to the brackets, and viola - loads to charm and texture!


The living room especially has a whole new look.  The shades have their own valance, so I decided to take down the fabric valances, though I do love them.


And in the bedroom, I lost a layer of curtains that frankly, were a pain anyway.  They had to be ironed (I'm that person that just restarts the dryer 3 times to get rid of wrinkles), and because mini blinds lack in total protection, they were starting to fade a bit. The room looks so much brighter and airy now - even though the blinds do offer substantial room darkening and privacy, even without a liner.


The only thing that needs to happen now is moving the curtain rod up a bit in the bedroom, but that's just going to have to wait for the day I decide to wake up and repair and paint.  Next up, though, is refinishing that TV cabinet in the living room!

What do you think?  Are you a fan of bamboo?

8 comments:

  1. I love bamboo shades! They add such a light texture to any space! :)

    toddlindsey.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping in, Lindsey! I'm pretty happy with them!

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  2. They look so great! You're right--they are definitely a nice alternative to mini blinds. I love that little vanity in the corner of your room, btw. SO pretty! Hope you're having a great day!

    ~Abby =)

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    1. Thanks, Abby! About the vanity - one of the (MANY) pluses to living in Amish country! I don't think there's a room in my house without a piece of Amish furniture anymore!

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  3. Such a wonderful difference to how your windows look. I love the bamboo blinds, the texture and look is super. It must have felt so good to get the minis down.
    One of first things I did when we moved into our house was go buy the shades for our living room anyway
    At some point I want to get them for our bedroom. We have the mini blinds all over house and I really do not like them. I cover them up with curtains. They're just tacky. We also get so much dust in our house from our driveway which is dirt/gravel. Our neighbor lives behind so uses the driveway. It's just something out here that makes everything so darned dusty, makes me crazy but can't do a thing about it. I tend not to dust as often as I should as I feel like what's the point? In 5 mins. everything is all dusty again.
    I'd love to take doors off kitchen upper cupboards but then dishes would be dusty, dirty as all get out. I love to open my windows in nice enuf weather as have to keep everything closed up all winter. In warmer weather we open the windows as soon as it gets cool enuf in evening and turn the cooler off, just have ceiling fans going. Happy days

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    1. Thanks for coming by!! I agree with ya on the dust - there's no keeping up with it. As for the kitchen cabinets - for me, it's not just the dust, it's that I'm not near neat enough to have all that wide open!

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  4. I LOVE these! They look so good! So glad you linked up to Give Me The Goods Monday! Can't wait to see what goods you bring next week! Hope you have a great weekend! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

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    1. Thanks, Jenna! I'm pretty happy with them - and now they're making me want to do a lot more painting and projects!

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