8.06.2012

Custom Window Treatments Using PVC





I LOVE my custom PVC window covers!!!  A huge thank you to Tracy at soulstyle for coming up with this idea.  I thought about DIYing these, but Matt and I do not have the tools to do so.  And I figured that would be a lot of cutting and sanding!  If you have the tools and a simple design, I don't see why you couldn't achieve a similar look yourself.  I enjoyed working with Marc from Acurio Latticeworks who was really helpful and patient.  I contacted him a year ago, but I finally got around to ordering my panels just a few months ago.   They cost me a total of $130, which to some people may be cheap or expensive.  For me, it's a bit on the pricey side for window treatments, but I was willing to spend the money because I didn't like the other options I had thought about. 

  1. Blinds-  When I think of blinds, all I can picture in my head is a little boy slamming the doors and the blinds swing and sway and crash into the door.  It's already a headache to hear the door slam, so I don't want to add any more noise to that.  Blinds can break too.  My nieces and nephews have proved that to be true.  
  2. Blinds inserted into the glass so all you have is a slider to open and close them.  I vetoed this right away with no good explanation.  I just didn't like that option.
  3. Curtains.   Me: "Hey son.  You want a peanut butter and jelly sandwich?  Oh, and while you are at it, go ahead and wipe your nasty, sticky hands on my nice curtains.  You already do that with the table runner."
  4. Vinyl-  Are you familiar with those vinyl privacy stickers you buy at Home Depot or Lowe's?  They kind of look like etched glass.  I haven't found a design yet that I am particularly fond of. 
  5. Bed sheet.  Been there.  Done that.
  6. Nothing at all.  Um, these windows face West, and science and common sense tell me the sun sets in the West.
So it was worth it to me to fork out the money for custom window treatments, and PVC ones seem to be the most practical.  They are light in weight and won't fade in the sun either, which happened with my bed sheet.  Bonus?  I will take these panels with me when we move, so it won't be a complete waste of money.  I would like to use them as a headboard!

This is what I can see when I am sitting on my couch.  Nice art, don't ya think?





This next photo shows you what I can actually see when I am standing at my sink or near the fridge.  Basically, when I am across the room.  I can watch Owen run across the yard, so I get some privacy from the design but also some visibility, which is nice.  What looks like frost is actually a reflection of the PVC on the glass.




Here's the view on the deck.



I'm including this shot only because I have to include my chicken.  Baby is a Brown Sussex, if anyone is wondering.



And at NIGHT time . . .




Some of you may be wondering if there are any downsides to PVC window treatments.  I have not come across anything yet, but I will definitely keep you informed.  They stay in place just fine, even when Owen slams the door.  Maybe I'll make a video showing you the install.  It's fairly simple.

BEFORE . . .



And AFTER . . .


Looking good, don't ya think?


Projects left to do for the kitchen

  • Finish the back side of the island
  • Center the light above the island and fix the ceiling
  • Replace the design above the chalk wall with something else
  • Art
  • Rugs?




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36 comments:

  1. Nancy - I love how this turned out! So cute and functional. I love how it adds another layer of pattern to your room. I'm a huge fan. I think $130 is completely reasonable. Good work my friend!

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  2. I love them - they look perfect in all the pics! What a great idea! We are redoing our kitchen in the fall so I'm taking notes - if only you lived closer . . .

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  3. I like these treatments! Very styling! I have doors like that but they are in my den. I wanted something that completely blocks someone from seeing in but yet still keeps the room light. When I moved in there were metal mini blinds I hated-made it too dark during the day. I found white roman shades that let in tons of light, yet keep out the heat of the afternoon son. I like how I can raise them a little for the cat to look out.

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  5. I am SO impressed with these! They look great and are totally and completely *you*. My immediate reaction was, "yeah, they look fabulous, but I could never do that because I would want to actually see out of them." I am so glad you showed the up close pics where you can see out of them--I thought they were just frosted. Way too pricey for me right now, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE them!
    And PS, when we are millionaires, you are going to be my designer :)

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  6. i love the artistic/design element they now bring. great solution!

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  7. These are gorgeous. French doors are tricky to deal with and these are a practical and stylish solution if you have a good fabricator in your area (wouldn't even know who to contact in my town).

    First time here, read your "bio" when the page came up, laughed with delight when I read "started the blog to get off my butt". Very funny and honest ... loved it.

    Robin
    happilyhomeafter.blogspot.com

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  8. This is such a great option. They look perfect for your space, and now my mind is turning. This might be something that would work great in my living room.... Hmmmmm.... not for a while yet, but I am pinning for later!

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  9. Your custom window covers are gorgeous~ inside and out! I haven't ever heard of pvc window covers. So cool. I know what you mean about blinds on a door. We have them downstairs on a basement door and it would drive me crazy if we were going in and out of that door all the time. Stopping by from DIY by Design.

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  10. They are quite beautiful, didn't even know they made custom pvc inserts. It gives your windows a sense of style and charm I don't think you could of gotten with anythng else! Great choice! So glad you shared your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – your creativity helped make the party a success!

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  11. Very nice! Love the brilliant pop of green on the countertop. And I think I want a chicken for staging pictures now. I thought that was GREAT!

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  12. Nancy, those look fantastic! So glad you were inspired, I've had mine a year now and I still love them. Kitchen looks great, you go Girl! xoT.

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  13. Wow! Gorgeous! A great window covering idea. Love it!

    And baby is so sweet! ;)

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  14. This is such a great idea and it looks gorgeous! You kitchen made my eye twitch...in a good way! Love the chook! Sharing over on Sunday State weekly roundup.

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  15. Nancy! Your kitchen looks amazing! I LOVE it!! Just doing a little late night browsing while I feed the babe, it has been awhile since I stopped by your blog. You have been busy woman! Nice work.

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  16. Nancy! Your kitchen looks amazing! I LOVE it!! Just doing a little late night browsing while I feed the babe, it has been awhile since I stopped by your blog. You have been busy woman! Nice work.

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  17. Your kitchen looks great, and so do these window treatments! Featuring them on Thursday's Things to Make This Weekend segment! Thanks for linking!

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  18. These look amazing!!! Super choice.....definitely a step up from the bed sheet.

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  19. This is gorgeous!!! Love the look!

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  20. This looks great! I love the design =)

    Visiting from Tip Junkie

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  21. These are beautiful! They look fantastic from inside and outside :)

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  22. I think these are gorgeous! Where do I buy something like this? Looking for some privacy on a glass door I have - feel like I am in a fish bowl! ;)

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    1. Thanks Missi! I got mine through Acurio Latticeworks. Just google them and they should pop up. I felt the same way in our kitchen!

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  23. Some very relevant points raised regarding the use of PVC in general. Sash windows really offer the same benefits, but with added beauty, and as mentioned is certainly sustainable.

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  24. Since windows come in so many shapes and sizes, there are just as many types of window treatments to use on them. One great benefit of a well-designed window treatment is that should you decide to put your house on the market, well-designed windows will up the value as prospective buyers gaze on in admiration.

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  25. It was wonderful, Olivia! It’s a part of your home which you can truly be proud to show to visitors. What I really love about custom window treatments is how they can be tailored to your needs. And that PVC treatment covered more than just needs. It creates a nice view whether the room is lighted or not. ;)

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  26. Your window treatments may seem to be a bit pricey on your part, but you don’t have to stress yourself too much about it, since it turned out wonderfully! You can just say that it’s worth the price. :) It was really great! I loved that photo with your chicken, Baby. Cool! :D

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  27. Love the window treatment & have already checked out the website you offered up on where to order them. I have a question though, how did you attach them to the inside of your windows (with trim)? Thanks for any tips! Christy (Divaofdeep@aol.com)

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  28. wow! these kind of custom window treatments can give extra look and make a more flexible for living as well as safe.

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  29. I'm interested to know as well how you attached them to the inside of your window!

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