Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Problem solved - my cheap solution for broken blinds valance clips

When we moved into our current house, we had it painted from top to bottom. In order for this to happen, our painter took off all the window hardware and in doing so, almost all the clips used to hang the valance on the wood blinds broke. Don't ask me how, but they did.


So after the paint was dry, I hung the blinds back up without the valances leaving all the ugly hardware exposed for the world to see.

I made a trip to custom blind store, where the blinds were originally purchased from, and I was shocked when they wanted over $2 for each clip...seriously they are thin, cheap plastic! How can I buy all the things I do at the Dollar Store, but these little clips were going to cost me a fortune. Adding to the fact that these clips were expensive was the fact I hated the blinds to start out with.
We are now coming to two years in the house and I have lived with no valances, until now. I was talking to my mom and she was having the same problem and this was her amazing/cheap/easy solution to broken valance clips....sticky velco!!!
I stuck the 2 sides of the velcro together and cut it into 2-3 inch long pieces.
Then I removed the backing from one side of the velco and stuck it onto the blind (where the valance covers). I used between 2 and 4 pieces per blind, depending on the size of the valance.
 I then removed the other side on all the velco pieces and carefully pressed the valance to stick onto it. Be sure to center and line the valance up before you press it onto the sticky velcro. You can pull it off after it is stuck, but it is difficult. You could also do it the opposite way...stick the velco to the valance and then stick that to the blind. Which ever way you prefer :)
 I used one package of the sticky velco (purchased at the Dollar store for $1) to secure the valance on 6 windows!!! What would have cost me over $30 in clips ended up costing me $1.
 
Small things with big impact. Gotta love them. Thanks Mom!

43 comments:

  1. Ah - great idea! I'll have to remember this if any of our clips break.

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