Affordable Window Shade Options for the Kitchen
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As I am working my way through my house of 6 months, I am trying to update and add my style to each room. I am trying to get one room updated before jumping to the next project, but it is kind of hard since I have so many plans and ideas for every room and I am eager to make the changes.
I’m really happy with how things are coming together in the dining area. I pass through this space many times a day. It is the hub of the house. I am really beginning to like what I see.
If I had a big decorating budget and could choose the items I love and not worry about the price, decorating would get done a lot faster. I do a lot of online shopping and return items until I find just the right items for the best price.
The chairs were exactly what I was looking for, I found them at Pier 1. They are called Kubu Dining Chairs. The table is from my previous house. I painted the trim two weeks ago, but still have to remove the painted wallpaper from the wall and then give the walls a fresh coat of paint.
Over the weekend after getting back from an 11 day trip to help our daughter move to Virginia, there were a few packages that came for me. As a blogger I get a lot of packages delivered and when I order stuff on my own, it can sometimes get overwhelming the amount of deliveries I get. I was on a first name basis with the UPS and FedEx guy after the first week of living here. :-)
Anyway in one of the boxes were white bamboo Roman Shades that I had ordered from JCP. I tried a few other shades before these, but none had fit the crank-out casement window in my kitchen. I am excited that these white bamboo shades did, as well as fit my style and budget.
They are called Woven Wood Bamboo Shades. Using an online coupon on the JCP site they were under $30 a piece for 27″ x 64″ sized windows.
In my grand scheme of things, I wanted the windows to be unadorned like the windows are in this kitchen, but the sun comes in way too bright in the morning in my kitchen. I needed to find something that would filter the light when they are down, but not block the open view when they were up and not in use.
I did have to do a small tweak to the bamboo shades to get the valance on each to lay flat. It was stiff and popped up exposing too much of the underside of the shade.
Nothing a little hot glue couldn’t fix. I simply ran a line of hot glue under the valance where it meets the shade. Once the glue was in place, I pressed the valance with my hands to hold it in place until the glue cooled.
Much better. :-)
These casement windows from Pella have angled molding around them. It makes it very hard to get a good inside fit. I could have went with one long outside mounted shade, but it would have to be custom made to fit…and that would have been way over my budget.
Since I decorate mostly with white, I do like the texture the bamboo shades add to the mix to provide interest.
One more project down.
Yesterday I also enjoyed the more relaxing parts of decorating a house…
…with all the rain we have been getting the past few days, the hydrangeas in my yard are flourishing.
I clipped some to bring into the dining area to add some color while the space is getting a makeover.
I could not be happier with their color. :-)
If you have hydrangeas and want to bring them inside without them wilting, I wrote a post about how to keep them perky and fresh for a long time. You can find the post here: How to Cut Hydrangeas So They Won’t Wilt
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What did you use to hang the shades?
Hi Ava – Window shade hanging hardware comes with each shade. You can use the hardware, 2 for each window to hang them outside mount or inside mount. You use the screws that come with the hardware to attach them to the window frame and then the shades clip right in.
Diane – How do I attach my Before and After photos in Comments? Re: kitchen island? Thanks Shelby
Hi Shelby – My blog comment section doesn’t have the capability to download photos. Please send the photos to my email: [email protected]
Diane, I just started following your blog, and read this post today. The JCP blinds seem to be discontinued, unless they go by another name now. Just my luck – I find something that I want after searching for umpteen years, and they’re no longer available. Arrrggghhhh. Do you have a suggestion for a duplicate to the JCP ones?
Just curious….how will you clean the bamboo blinds? Blinds are always such a pain to clean!
Hi Wendella – To get the dust off blinds I use a Swiffer duster. It is very easy. I close the blinds and swipe the duster over them a few times on both sides and then roll back up. It only takes a few minutes and does the job very well.
I don’t have casement windows, but the frames are made similarly – and have had difficulty getting shades mounted inside one of the kitchen windows. This was helpful.
I also have difficulty sticking with one room – nothing gets finished!!
Oh, do you plan to put cushions in your chairs. I love the look, and it would be a good change in my kitchen, but I wonder if they are comfortable.
Hi Ellen – I thought I was going to buy cushions for the chairs when I first bought them, but after we sat on them for a few days we realized they were very comfy without cushions. The seat is wide and angles out to the front. I think this is why they are so comfy to sit on.
I just added two fabric Roman Shades from JCP to the casement windows in my bedroom. I inside mounted them, but the brackets had to be placed a little bit down from the top of the window. I didn’t think they would work, but the front fabric valance is detached and Velcroed. I simply moved it up on the Velcro strip and it hides the gap at the top. I will post about them next week.
Thanks for the beautiful photos and great post! I was wondering if they can be shortened?
Hi Denny – Yes they can be shortened. Here is a link to a video by another blogger that will show you how: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OE39mGBqufc
These shades are the Best Buy. Had them in my now sold lake house for 15 yrs. I know you will get many years of filtered light and privacy when you need it.
Hi Laura – Thanks for sharing …good to know. I really like them and think they are classic and will never go out of style so if they last 15 years, they were a great deal. :-)
Hi Diane, we have woven bamboo wooden shades – natural bamboo color. Have you ever painted bamboo roll up shades to make them white?
Hi Linnea :-) – I have never painted them, but you can. The easiest way would be to spray paint them. I would use one of the new spray paints that has a is a paint and primer in one. If you have a clothes line outside you could hang them on it to spray them. You could also roll them out on a drop cloth and spray them on the floor. More light coats would be better then 1 heavy one.
Pretty as always, Diane! I love their roman shades – we used them throughout our previous home. Can I say your photography is OUT OF THIS WORLD? Stunning.
Hi Julie – Thanks so much. Since starting the blog, I have tried to learn everything I can about photography. I enjoy it, but still have lots to learn. In my new house, the light is different from my previous house and I am still trying to figure out what the best time of day is for each room. Your photos are ALWAYS excellent and I love your clean lined simple styling. It really resonates with me.
I have wanted blinds on my windows but all the molding is rounded and the brackets won’t fit. How did you manage to hang them on the inside. My husband has mounted the blinds I have used on the outside of the window which is not really the look I wanted.
I also love the chairs and have admired them at the store. Are they comfortable?
Hi Ginger – I will answer your 2nd question first. Yes, the chairs are very comfortable even without cushions. I have sat on a few similar to these and the seat was not as wide or strong. Even Ed who was skeptical at first likes them because they are comfortable.
Answer to your 1st question. The bamboo blinds are hung a bit differently than slat blinds that have a bracket/case looking thing that gets screwed into the molding on each side of the window and then each end of the blind gets placed in.
The bamboo blinds have an L bracket mounted on each end that has a 1-2″ metal shank. The blinds have a long slit on each end in the wood. The shank on the bracket goes into the slit and is secured with a wing nut. Since the slit is long, you have room to make adjustments.
To make the brackets fit the angled molding, I put the brackets in a vice grip and bent them with a pair of pliers to make the angle bigger, only slightly…maybe 1/8″. Doing this helped make the brackets fit better. I hope this makes sense.
Dear Diane, The bamboo blinds are perfect and look wonderful in your kitchen. I love how you got out the glue gun to fix the top. That would have made me unhappy also, LOL. What a beautiful hydrangea you have at the lake house. I know you love them and they bloomed your colors. I loved seeing your posts about your daughters graduation and move to Charlottesville. While in Charlottesville did you go to Bodo’s Bagels…yum, yum. Vikki in VA
Hi Vikki – No, we didn’t go to Bodo’s Bagels. Sounds like a good place. :-) I will ask my daughters to see if they have been. I will add it to my list of things I want to do on my next visit.
Your kitchen looks beautiful. I am in Connecticut and my Hydrangea are just starting to grow. They still have the sticks from last year that I am afraid of removing. The bush itself is only about 5 inches tall. I know they will get there eventually but I want them NOW!
Diane – I love the bamboo shades from JCP. I clicked on the link in your post and discovered they are 50% off…..$15.00! Plus some good shipping deals….so if you need more, now’s the time to get them.
Hi Beth – Wow! Great deal for sure! JCP online and even in the store always seems to have a sale or a discount of some kind. Love that! Thanks for taking the time to share the sale price. I know other readers will benefit, too.
Diane- I have casement windows throughout my home. When I’ve hung woven shades the dilemma has always been how do I remove the screen at a later date without having to remove the shade? Do your screens easily slip out for window cleaning? Thanks for sharing, your home is coming together beautifully!
Hi Teresa –
I have the same problem. I will have to remove the blinds first then the screens when they need to get cleaned. I am not sure how your shades are hung, but these are very easy to take up and down. All I have to do is unscrew 2 wing nuts on each blind.
Yes, I do the same. Thought you might have an alternate way. Thanks
I never remove my screens. I just use my garden hose with a nozzle attached and of course, with the windows closed. I live in Florida, so maybe that is the difference?
I have a question about your gorgeous , Bamboo shades. Are they easy to break off on the outer ends? My kitty kat break off my plastic mini blinds as they climb into the open windows. And my windows are open most of the year. Also, I don’t have enough depth for those faux wooden blinds (or so it says). And I really don’t want outside mounting, but might not have a choice. What do you think???
Hi Sheryll – I have a cat and know what they can get into. I think it would take a lot of chewing and playing to break the ends of these blinds since they are wood and not plastic. Faux wood blinds are about 2″ depth. These are about an inch, so they do not take up as much room. They may fit perfectly. If they don’t, you can always return them. I had to go through a few styles of shades until I found these.
OMG DIANE, thank you for this most needed post!!! I am looking for blinds for my new home! They will be perfect!!
Again you are so helpful!
I have Hydrangea envy! Mine at the Lakhouse didn’t bloom last year so when I go back up there I hope I’m surprised!!
Hi Nancy –
Happy to hear that the blinds will look great in your new house. The price is great and they are well made.
My friend, Kelly wrote a post about the reason hydrangeas don’t bloom and how to fix it from happening again. You can find the post here: http://eclecticallyvintage.com/2016/05/winter-kill-hydrangeas-care/
Love your blog!
What do you add to the water to keep the hydrangeas from shriveling ? I would like to bring mine inside and enjoy them as well!
Hi Virginia – To keep the hydrangeas from wilting, you cut the stems up, not across. I wrote a post about how to do it. You can find it here: https://inmyownstyle.com/2014/07/how-to-cut-hydrangeas-so-they-wont-wilt.html
OMG! As soon as I saw them I recognized them. These are the exact same shades I have throughout my house and they came from JCP. I had mine cut to measure “custom” – not all the windows measured the same. They have great sales all the time. We live in a water access area in Baltimore County called Millers Island – (it”s really a peninsula) and I love the beach house look of these shades.
Hi Elaine – JCP has the best stuff if you take the time to look. I find many decorative items there from dishtowels to lamps. :-) I have heard of Miller’s Island, but have never been there. It sounds divine.
This is very pretty! The hydrangeas are gorgeous too!
Hi Carla – Thanks :-) I wish the hydrangeas would last forever.