For almost three years we lived with these ugly dirty blinds in the kitchen. I think they had at least a quarter of an inch of grease on them that I couldn’t remove. They also didn’t work – or barely worked at best. Wolfy could make them go up and down, I couldn’t.
We kept looking at options. We both really wanted bamboo blinds to match our front room. But we could not find ones that were the same color and would fit inside the window. I was also hesitant about having the bamboo blinds fitted inside. Everywhere else I have extended the blinds beyond the window by at least 6 inches on either side and above the window to just a few inches off the ceiling. When framed with curtains, this is an excellent look. It makes the windows look larger, and, when the curtains are open, they hang outside the windows or just over the edge so they are not blocking the light.
These options wouldn’t work in the kitchen. So we looked and looked for blinds. We finally found these cordless cellular shades at Menard’s. We had them custom cut and went with the non-blackout so the shades could be closed (our window lines up with our neighbors and we really like our privacy when in our own home) and still allow lots of light into the kitchen.
The first step was to remove the old blinds. If you have this type, they should be clipped into a bracket. Once you get close, you should be able to remove them easily.
I had hoped that I could reuse the brackets. But, the new shades were deeper, so the brackets needed to come off as well. I then installed the new brackets. Make sure to follow the instructions that come with the new blinds.
Makanda supervised as I was climbing on the counter tops.
The new blinds will just snap into the brackets.
And you are done! (Yes I was standing in the sink.)
Looks a whole lot better to me.
Previous Kitchen Posts: