Five weeks in our rental house and I still have some rooms in need of window treatments. The owners’ solution for the house was mini-blinds on 80% of the windows and doors…not fun with a two-year-old yanking them back and playing in them all of the time. Also, they’re not very attractive. But since this is only a temporary living arrangement, I’m not interested in investing much money in alternatives. Instead I’m focusing on simple and inexpensive treatments for the windows that are still bare…
This quick and simple solution uses a remnant of fabric folded over and sewn to slide over a cafe rod, with the other three sides folded and hemmed. Our rental house has three windows with those big, clunky, metal hurricane awnings. In addition to blocking a lot of natural light, the undersides of those awnings get grimy and are just ugly to look at from the inside. This would be an easy way to block my view of those awnings without blocking any additional light. Plus, I just bought this beautiful starfish and seashell garland that would look great over a solid-colored valance in my studio (and site of one of those hideous awnings).
I love this idea of using tea or kitchen towels for a kitchen window. Easy and inexpensive, you can switch out the towels anytime and then use them as actual kitchen towels!
This idea for painting some inexpensive rolled blinds and then triming them with ribbon looks fun. I have a huge wall of windows in my family that are outfitted with these cheap blinds. They work for keeping the blazing hot morning sun from heating up the room, but they’re not much too look at. I suppose I could always paint them now and just replace them before I move.
(from Country Living)
I’m thinking of going with some matchstick blinds for our bedroom, as the room already has a lot of natural light blocked out from those metal awnings. These blinds are inexpensive, give privacy when needed, and add to the beachy feel to our little Seaside Shitty Shack.
Got any other ideas for inexpensive and simple window treatments?