vertical blinds

Blog entry by MRTRIM posted 04-09-2008 02:08 PM 3244 reads 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

verticals have been quite popular where i live for some time . what isnt popular is the plastic valence that you get with them to cover the hardware . i am posting some ideas ive used to try to cover the hardware and make it more attractive. feel free to post anything you may have done as well .
this was the very first one and was not for the purpose of covering the hardware . the people simply wanted a shelf above the door . when finished they were quite pleased but i was not ! i was acually horrified to think i was dumb enough not to bring the freeze board down a couple in. to cover the top of the blinds . and thats where it all started . the following pics are the different ones ive done since

bonnies door

daisys window

bettys door

this one the verticals were eventually removed and replaced with drapes and i thought they looked quite nice as well

dominics door

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posted 04-09-2008 03:06 PM

I like what you’ve done – very elegant looking

-- ~ Debbie, Ontario Canada

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posted 04-09-2008 03:10 PM

Actually, I thought the vertical blinds went out in the 90’s, but I like what you’ve done with them. It definitely makes them look a lot better.

-- Tim

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posted 04-09-2008 03:17 PM

Beauty MrTrim. Nicely done, mon ami.


-- "Imagination is more important than knowledge" -- Albert Einstein

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posted 04-09-2008 06:54 PM

Wow, I didn’t know anyone was using v-blinds, either! Still, you did a great job on the valences…really classes ‘em up!

-- Proud to be an addicted LJ, GT and HR!

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posted 04-09-2008 11:24 PM

thanks everyone ! verticals are very much alive and well here , along with shutters . lol maybe they came here to retire like everyone else ! lol

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posted 04-09-2008 11:49 PM

Nice job,I use to build window valance for a couple of interior designer they where blanks that they covered with batting and cloth I build headboards for them also. I use to try to get them to carry the wooden ones I build, but they just wasn’t into them, I still build a lot wooden shelve valances, my country style ones are the one that seem to sell the best, next time I make some I’ll have to take some pictures of them, I also sold a bunch I made from barn wood which surprised me I made some plate shelve for a friend I know and then she wanted to know if I could make her some window valance out the barn wood, then her mom wanted some, then a friend, then I ran out of barn wood. mines pretty simple just a mitered box shelve with an overhand and a little scroll work bracket, yours looks more like some mantles I have made. Oh I did do a raised panel one in a house I trimmed but it had raised panel ceiling and walls it was a study for doctor for a while there it was hard to find the door…lol

-- Joey ~~ Sabina, Ohio http://sleepydogwoodworking.wordpress.com/

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posted 04-10-2008 09:52 AM


All of these installs are very nicely conceived and executed!

A fine job indeed. Very clever designs.


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posted 04-10-2008 01:51 PM

thank you joey and lee

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posted 04-14-2008 04:04 PM

Thank you MrTrim for the ideas. (I think). It’s just been added to my “honey-do” list.

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posted 04-15-2008 12:15 AM

thanks ron and woody . help yourself to the ideas . thats what its all about ! thanks again

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posted 04-15-2008 12:59 AM

Thanks for the post. I’m going to use this idea and very soon, I read this at the perfect time. I need to make two and they are perfect!

-- AKA.....Jimthecarver on LJ's

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posted 04-15-2008 02:23 AM

glad you like it if you need any questions answered just shoot me a message .

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posted 04-16-2008 04:42 PM

The extra boxes and shelves make these blinds look much better than before. Nicely done.

-- Bill - Turlock, Ca. - http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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posted 04-17-2008 03:31 AM

thank you bill

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posted 04-19-2008 03:17 PM

Actually, both vertical and horizontal blinds are coming back!!
Lots of wooden ones in horizontal ones and with the verticals there is a sheer kind of “glued” on it that gives it a
more dressy look!

Sure wish you had been around when I was working the “blind” business.
They are just fantastic!

-- Eklectic,Follow Your Bliss!!

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posted 04-19-2008 11:15 PM

thanks eklectic, i think they are used more here because of the amount of intense sun we get . the fabric wants to get bleached out . even the pvc type verticals tend to get a bit brittle over time

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posted 04-20-2008 06:55 PM

Plus a lot easier to clean than fabric as well. Nice work MrT.

-- Bill - Turlock, Ca. - http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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posted 04-20-2008 11:52 PM

your right bill , mine are well overdue for cleaning as we speak !

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