It's no secret that the one of the biggest downsides to renting is the limitations you are given when it comes to upgrades/decor.
My biggest pet peeve is the ugly vertical blinds that conceal every window. Seriously heinous.
Luckily in our apartment we are able to put up curtains over the blinds on all of the windows except one.
Our sliding glass door blinds are on a track that protrudes from the window. It has a funky molding (is there a name for this?) that shields the track.
Beware... you are about to see a very ugly before picture:
But I refuse to deal with blinds. I was able to get this curtain rod from Ikea, and hide it between the molding and the ugly blinds track (it would be WAY too tedious/potentially damaging to remove the whole thing.)
My next step: Curtains. I got the Lenda curtains from Ikea for $19.99 in an attempt to try the DIY painted curtains done by many on the web. (See Kristen and Eileen).
I thought I wanted B&W stripes, so I taped off with painter's tape, and began to roll on the black paint. I did two coats, and waited forever for it to dry.
(The whole process took forever BTW)
And it was a major fail.
First, there is no room for error. I accidentally dropped a few drops of black paint, and tried to paint over them in white. Fail. You can see the spots in the picture below.
Second, I'm not sure if it was my curtains or the paint, but two coats was clearly not enough to make it look solid against natural light.
Third, they were already super crispy and stiff after two coats... so there was no way I was going to try it again.
And then I put it up just to see, and it looked like a giant circus tent with my decor.
I'm NOT saying don't try this DIY, definitely do it if you think you can pull it off... but I wanted to share my fail because I think it's important to know what works and what doesn't, rather than learn from your own mistake!
I ended up getting these curtains from Z Gallerie:
They are the Esha Panels on sale right now for $19.89 each.
In order to keep them from being sheer, I pinned two white Ikea twin sheets to the back.
The blinds are still there, but pulled all the way to the side and are ALWAYS hidden even with the drapes open.
Have any of you had a similar DIY fail? Or have you dealt with ugly rental blinds? How did you cope?