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Fixing up a Viewless Window

I moved to this apartment, it is right next door to where I used to manage. Looking out my bedroom window, all I can see are the backs of their bedroom windows. No trees or sky, just terra cotta and blinds. So, I came up with an idea that I thought I would share with you. I had these old, thread bare, smoky drapes (you know the ones, apartment cream?)


Well, I got this wonderful plastic sheeting at Walmart. It's $2.97 per yard, but the sheeting is 5 feet across, so you get a lot more than a 3 foot piece. It's like lace, but you can't see through it. You can do the same thing with contact paper, but I don't like the fact that you can't really fix it once it's on.

So, I cut out the pieces I needed for the windows. I hot glued the corners, (use cool temp or it will melt the plastic). Then once secure, I taped all four sides with clear tape.


Because I didn't want to take down the ugly drapery rods, I chose to put up a board. I wish mine was wider than 3 inches but it was purchased for another project that got scrapped. I would suggest 4 inches as it would have sat better. Mine, in order to be back all the way, made the wallpaper bulge a bit. But, I am only using this room for a craft room/office, so it's better than nothing.

I had this wonderful wallpaper boarder, and hot glued it to the board, along with the pretties I didn't want to worry about falling.


Had I known that being off the mark by even 1/16 inch would have made the paper "ripple", I would have used thumb tacks and hot glued buttons onto them. I suggest that if you want to do something like this.

Another idea is lace, a valance, or gathered fabric.

Then, I simply sat everything up on top. It's not perfect, but I am sure if you follow my "oooops" and do something different, it will turn out much better. For now, this will do.


By Sandi from Salem, OR

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June 27, 20110 found this helpful

Hi Sandi,

I think this looks wonderful! Your "oops" don't show in the photos & most folks won't notice. This is a very nice idea for a way to display knick-knacks, & I love the idea of a wallpaper border for a valance. Very nicely done! :-)


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July 9, 20110 found this helpful

Great idea & great job! Thanks for sharing the photos it makes it so much more easy than trying to imagine it.

God Bless

Trish in CT

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June 15, 20120 found this helpful

Simply a fantastic idea, can't wait to make my own!

Thank you,

Elaine C.

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