Product Review

Good blinds make good neighbours!

Recently I was given the opportunity to work with the online Canadian blinds retailer, Shade Works Window Fashions Inc. on a project in our bonus room.  Our bonus room is our children’s playroom, TV room, and general hanging out space, and over time it has become quite run down.  Everything is showing much wear and tear, so we’ve been slowly fixing up this space and making it a nice place to be for everyone.

A couple of years ago we painted the walls a cheery yellow colour, added some artwork, and most recently we replaced the blinds.  Over the 8+ years that we have lived here, the blinds in this room have taken a beating, and they were downright embarrassing.  Not only did they look terrible, but they didn’t work either.

Of the 5 sets, only 3 would even open, most sets were missing slats and over time they just seemed to get too heavy for the strings.  So it was time to replace them.

Blinds Before

As you can see they look quite bad.  Sagging, missing pieces, just not nice to look at, at all.  They even looked bad from the street…we were starting to look like THAT house.  You know THE one.

But now…

Shade Works Blinds After

We’ve got NEW blinds, and are loving how fresh they make the bonus room look!  We are actually quite impressed with how much these new blinds have changed the look of this room, even though they are a similar style of white blinds.

Shade Works Blinds After

At first the idea of ordering and replacing new blinds was so daunting, but are we ever glad we did it.  We’ve never installed blinds on our own before, so we were a little hesitant, but the whole process from measuring, to ordering, to installing was much easier than we ever could have expected.  Plus, the biggest bonus for us was that we were able to complete the whole ordering process on-line.  Choosing blinds online was easy and very convenient…I was in my PJ’s for the whole process haha!  First I chose a few blinds from that I thought I might like, and within a few days I received small free fabric samples.  These samples were helpful in our decision making process, as we were able to mix and match the different samples to see what worked best with our décor.  Right away I was able to decide which blinds I liked best, and we chose 2″ Faux Wood Horizontal Blinds in white.

Shade Works Blinds After

Once we had the style of blinds picked, we followed the Shade Works measurement guide to make sure we ordered the blinds in the right sizes.  I have to admit I was a little nervous that we might have measured incorrectly, but when the blinds arrived they fit the windows perfectly!  Not only that, they were easy to install which was a huge relief (we actually had the blinds for a couple of weeks before we even installed them because we were nervous!).  When we finally tackled the install, we had the old blinds removed and the new ones up in less than an hour.  WHAT WERE WE WAITING FOR??!  If we can do this, you can do this.  Trust me.

Shade Works Blinds After

And look how pretty they are in here!  We’re so pleased!  And now we’re not an embarrassment to the neighbourhood.  It’s all good in the hood ‘oer here.

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Now we have more work to do in this room  I’m hoping to paint the trim and the window seat this summer, as well as add some proper seating for the kids…all in good time!  The new blinds were a great start!

If you want to know more about Shade Works, check out their website here, or follow them on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook for updates and promotions.  They were really great to work with and would definitely recommend them.

Have an inspired day!

Thank you to Shade Works Window Fashions Inc. for providing the blinds that made this transformation possible!

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  • Reply
    Virginia Fynes
    May 5, 2015 at 2:19 PM

    Wow, those blinds do look amazing and you can tell they fit perfect no seams letting light in where it shouldn’t! amazing how the smallest of changes makes you love your space all over again.

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    The Hubby
    May 5, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    Out of all the projects we have done for the house, these blinds were by far the easiest installation ever. A super easy, instant upgrade to any home!

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    May 6, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    They look great. Is isn’t nice how quickly they can change the look of a room?

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      May 6, 2015 at 10:35 AM

      Thanks Leslie! They really have changed the look of that room – we’re so happy with them!

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    Kyla @ Mommy's Weird
    May 6, 2015 at 2:42 PM

    Looks amazing. We need to make some major changes in our joint. Super cool its Canadian too.

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    May 7, 2015 at 12:38 AM

    Those blinds make such a difference! I love how tidy it looks now! Also – how huge is your bonus room? That looks gigantic!

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    May 7, 2015 at 12:22 PM

    Great timing! We’ve just started looking a blinds for our sunroom. I like knowing there’s a company out there that is reliable and easy to deal with for online orders… Thanks for the post!

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    May 7, 2015 at 12:48 PM

    wow! new blinds REALLY make all the difference! ours are in horrible shape, this is making me jealous! blind envy LOL!

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    May 7, 2015 at 1:25 PM

    WOW! SUCH a difference! They look perfect!!!

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    May 7, 2015 at 8:43 PM

    i definitely miss having blinds! We had great ones in our last place, we’ve just put up curtains here though. These look lovely!

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    Kendra @
    May 7, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    They are beautiful Jo Anna! Wow! I’ll have to check out that company…. thanks for sharing! 🙂

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    May 8, 2015 at 5:57 AM

    Look great – clean and functional. I love your title – oh so true!!!!

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    Jen @ Fresh Crush
    May 8, 2015 at 8:34 AM

    Wow! What a great look. And, that window is gorgeous!

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    Heather @ New House New Home
    May 14, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    What a difference! I’m in need of new blinds for our tv room as we are getting new windows. I’ll have to check them out!

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