Sep 9, 2012

Dirty Blinds

A couple kitchen reboot postmortems remain, like hanging blinds and some other crud.  I asked readers for help on window coverings, you steered me towards natural bamboo shades.  Slapped them puppies up tonight:












I've had good luck ordering through Blinds.com, a solid mix of quality and price.  It's impossible to tell what things look like online, so I ordered 10 free samp's to help decide.  Wood, woven seagrass and bamboo:


bottom center wins

The kitchen walls are tiled subway white, so it seemed a darker color would offset best.  Narrowed it down and settled on the bamboo siena expresso shade.  Blinds.com has a ton of options, you can do top-down/bottom-up, add a liner, go cordless or spin on continuous loop.  The goodies add up, so I kept it simple and went with no gimmicks.

Two windows to coat, I measured the length and width on each to the nearest 1/8", then jumped online and ordered on August 25.  A $20 coupon and free shipping brought the total damage to $180 for a pair of custom cuts.  A Chinese factory builds them to order within 10 days, they shipped on September 4.  DHL dropped a filthy foam brick at my door on Sept. 7.  That's pretty quick turnaround in my book.





Do shipping companies drag packages through raw sewage or what?  Parcel was coated in dried mystery muck, the D in DHL must be for Dirty.

 



 As least the insides were clean.




 Instructions looked to be gently used.  You don't need them anyway, just wing it.




Installation takes about 15 minutes per window.  Pull out the drill, Stanley, Phillips screwdriver, #2 pencil and the hardware that came with the blinds.




Each blind is held by two brackets at the top of the window frame, one on the left and right side of the window.  Measure and mark the bracket holes, pre-drill, then screw 'em.







Repeat so both sides have a bracket.




A wing-nut bolts the blind frame to the brackets.




Tough brass pulleys are used to wheel the cords, no plastic here.




 Mate the blind up to the brackets on both sides, ensure it hangs level and square.
 



Attach the cord wrapper.








 Enjoy a cold beverage, watch the Cyclones beat the Hawks, then get going on that second window.



















Before/After:






That'll work, what do you think?

-Beard

25 comments:

  1. Looks great! The dark color was a great choice!

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  2. Looks great, Beard! But don't make it look too easy or I'll be out of a job. :)

    Seriously, great job on the color selection. The contrast is very nice. Spot on about forgoing the bells and whistles. The only time I have clients who order that liner is when they select this type of shade for a bedroom. Privacy, you know. I'm glad everything went according to plan without any hiccups. :)

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    1. Thanks tx, I'd order from you if we lived closer.

      I'd probably get the top-down thing if covering a large picture window, let in morning light from the top with privacy down below.

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  3. It really does look great! The espresso tone and the material of the shades add so much warmth to your already cosy kitchen. It must be a happy place to be in!

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    1. Happy most of the time, unless hand-to-hand with Pigtails trying to get her to finish homework at the kitchen table.

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  4. Beautiful choice! Looks great.

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    1. Thanks, sometimes I get it right.

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  5. Great choice! Love the subway tile too! I'm also a fan of blinds.com -- their service is amazing!

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    1. Thanks Cheri, and I agree Blinds.com is great to work with. They should start paying me, I don't mind mentioning a business's name when product and service are consistently what I expect.

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  6. Great choice! They look fab.

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  7. Rachael9/10/2012

    I think you made the perfect choice! I've bought blinds from Blinds.com and I will attest to the fact that their prices are very competitive and their customer service in general is just great. And let me say that if I can install blinds, ANYBODY can. It takes me a good hour to do each one because I'm the poster girl for mechanical incompetence, but eventually I manage to get the job done. :)

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    1. Sounds like I'm doing a commercial for Blinds.com here, they do a good job, plus it's satisfying ordering and installing them with your own drill.

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  8. LOVE! The colour really looks great. Great layering.

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    1. Thanks, and color with a 'u', living in England or other?

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  9. Looks great! Assuming you cheered for ISU? Go Cyclones!!!

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  10. They look great! Nice pick!

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  11. They really finish the room off nicely. We're trying to figure out what to do with our window-over-the-sink in the kitchen. It's the kind of window that's bumped out, so you can have herbs growing in the kitchen; the thing lets in a marvelous amount of light ... except that its western exposure blinds my husband at suppertime. Time to maybe check out blinds.com.

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  12. Maybe plantation shutters for your herb window? Some shutters are hinged and swing out, sort of a 3D effect that would fill the bay nicely. Check them out online, good luck.

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  13. Ah, looks nice. I quite like the kitchen.

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  14. DSMama9/12/2012

    Nice work, manly man. That is a warm color and compliments the rest very well - especially the table. Glad your drill still works.

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    1. "Glad your drill still works.". <--Best comment in a long time.

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  15. Anonymous9/12/2013

    Beard- a little off topic, but can I ask how you're finding your slate floor holding up to scratches/stains and do you find the darkness makes the room feel a bit smaller? I'm trying to decide if I take a risk on the awesome natural stone that might be a bit wild or marry the fugly ceramic cousin that will tolerate all the abuse I can give without complaint....oh the first world problems!!

    BTW- blinds look FANTASTIC, I've spent way too much time drooling over your kitchen reboot!!

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    1. Floor is holding up nicely. Tough stuff, things shatter on it when dropped, the slate blinks and nary a scuff. Hides dirt well, almost too well. Dark floor doesn't shrink room, as rest of kitchen is white. If reversed and dark walls with light floor, would feel cramped.

      Go with the floor you want, I'd pick natural stone.

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