When we first moved into our house there were a lot of things I wanted to change. Nothing major, mostly cosmetic things, like the bright white vertical blinds. Of course, cleaning, unpacking and organizing all took far more precedence over ditching the plastic blinds that adorned our sliding glass door. And by precedence I mean I found like a year’s worth of things to work on before I actually tackled the terrible blinds.
The funny thing is, when I was ready to give the plastic beauties a makeover, I was kind of attached to them. Not in a way that I wanted to keep them, by any means, but we have a dog and the ease of sliding the blinds open and closed so easily was pretty desirable.
I toyed with the idea of keeping the vertical blinds and just adding a valance across the top, but I just couldn’t stand the plastic look. That’s when I started improvising. Here’s what I used to take my blind track from cold to cozy! Note: I can’t seem to find these exact clips in stock anywhere, but this is what I used for my project. I’m sure there is something similar out there from a different brand.
And, of course some curtain panels in the right length. I picked up these neutral pocket-rod curtains from Target for only $20 a panel.
All I did was pop the plastic blinds out of the clips on the track. Leave everything else as-is on the track.
Then, I counted the number of hooks on the track. Then, I measured the full width of my two curtain panels. To ensure my curtain panels would lay evenly on the tracks, I divided the width of the panels by the number of hooks and used that number to know how many inches apart I would space my hooks.
Then, I attached the clips. These are super easy to use, but they’re super pokey – be careful! Again, spacing the clips out appropriately, I slipped them into the fabric of the curtain. I was careful to push them into the hem of the rod pocket for extra support.
When you’ve finished a full panel, get hanging! The clips fit perfectly into the existing hooks on the vertical blind and voila! You’ve got sliding curtains!
Now, instead of a cold, bright white plastic this space is a cozy, warm fabric! These have been up now for more than a year in our home and I’ve had NO problems! I’ve never once had a clip fall loose from a hook. My only small gripe is that the top of the curtain panel eventually falls a little bit forward revealing more of the blind track than I would prefer. But, this is a small price to pay of the ease of open/close!
Gauge thinks so too.