Don’t throw out those dated vinyl roller blinds. This cheap and cheerful vinyl blind makeover is an an easy way to give them a whole new look with little or no money.
Because I already had everything I needed this is the least expensive of my kitchen makeover projects at zero dollars and zero cents. Yay!!!
Don’t you just love it when a project costs you absolutely nothing? 🙂
All it took was a little time and a fair amount of patience.
This is the kitchen window that looks out onto the kitchen porch. That’s the entrance door to the left, and a little pantry/storage room on the right.There are two other windows in the kitchen that you’ll see at the end of this post.
While these vinyl blinds aren’t the most attractive window treatments in the world, they do serve a very important purpose.
They help to keep our house cool in the summer by blocking the heat from the sun.
So I was pretty sure when I started my kitchen makeover that the blinds were going to be staying, but they definitely needed a new look.
I got the idea for this vinyl blind makeover from my rolling pin window valance project.
I took inspiration from the tea towel that I used for that little window, and the only other things needed were a yardstick, a measuring tape, and a permanent red marker with a chisel tip.
My blinds have been up for about 12 years without a real washing, just spot cleaning when needed, and even though they didn’t look very dirty I gave them a light cleaning with a damp paper towel.
Then the first thing to do is lay out your vinyl blind to its full length when pulled down in the window.
The tea towel pattern is very simple, but because the blind is much larger I customized a pattern that I thought looked good.
I started with 5 horizontal lines across the bottom. No real reason why, it just felt right.
Don’t worry about the spacing too much, it’s ok to just wing it.
Then I measured how far apart I wanted the rest of the horizontal lines to be.
Mine are about 5 inches apart.
After marking both sides of the blind I added all the horizontal lines.
When I got to the top of the blind I did another 5 lines just like the bottom.
I’m a symmetry loving kinda gal, and most tea towels have that going on so this made sense to me.
Then it was time for the vertical lines.
For me the easiest way to start this was by lining the yard stick along the outside of the blind and adding my first line.
I added two more lines and then did the same three lines on the other side.
Then I measured and marked where the rest of my vertical lines needed to be so they would be evenly spaced.
For this blind equal spacing meant adding 5 vertical lines.
The lines could be spaced any way you like to create any kind of pattern that works for you.
And it doesn’t have to be perfect.
When all the lines are done, the finishing touch is continuing the lines down the bottom of the blind over the wooden piece by hand.
It never occurred to me while I was doing this that I could have removed the wooden insert to make it a little easier, but I got it done just fine.
It already looks so much better.
Here’s my rather boring and bland window before.
And my faux tea towel after.
When John saw this first tea towel blind I did he said it didn’t even look like vinyl anymore… it looked like fabric! That was so awesome to hear, because he’s right.
It’s amazing how this simple treatment tricks your eye into thinking it’s something it’s not.
I love it when that happens. 🙂
Here’s another look.
This red and white tea towel look fits in perfectly with my aqua and red kitchen makeover, but it could easily be done in any other colour.
Here’s one of the windows over the main kitchen counter area.
And the third window over the sink.
So if you have some of these bland and boring vinyl blinds instead of getting rid of them consider giving them a faux tea towel makeover. The only thing to remember is that it’s best to spot clean the blind when needed rather than washing it all over because the ink may run a bit.
For me that’s no biggie, these blinds will be up for another 12 years before needing a real cleaning again.
This simple vinyl blind makeover totally changed them into something fun and interesting, and really adds one of the final finishing touches to my kitchen makeover. They are still perfectly operational, and the fact that this didn’t cost me anything is a huge bonus because honestly I had no budget for new window treatments.
I just need to to get some repurposed window valances done, and a new light fixture up over the sink area and over my kitchen table and chairs. Then hopefully I’ll be ready to share the whole kitchen reveal.
I’m so excited to be finally getting down to the home stretch!!! 🙂 Now if I could just stop adding projects. lol.
UPDATE: You can now see my completed Under $100 Aqua and Red Kitchen Makeover.
Don’t forget to pin it!
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…
keep on keepin’ on!