French Door Coverage

This is a project that I worked on a while ago, but am just now finally posting. My son’s room has beautiful french doors. We inherited some jute blinds on those doors when we bought the condo so many years back. They worked very well when we use to use the room as mostly an office and occasional guest room. Now that our son is growing though, and those blinds have been bent and played with, they were looking a bit worse for the wear. Exhibit A:

How cute is our son in that little kitchen playing with his friend? Ok, but back to those blinds. Right now, like the rest of the country, we are on a pretty tight house budget – so I wanted a solution that was close to or entirely free. I saw the great Manhattan Nest do a treatment to his own French doors in his rental apartment – that was inexpensive and temporary, using beautiful fabric and cornstarch. Exhibit B:

Photo from Manhattan Nest

Gorgeous, right? You can find out his process by clicking though the photo above. I had some cornstarch in The Worthy Kitchen (that’s our new work in progress recipe blog, btw. More on that another time.) I also had those bent up jute blinds. I decided to use what I had on hand – and started cutting. And cutting. And cutting. Exhibit C:

And gluing, and gluing. It was the measuring and cutting that took the most time. But all in all, it really wasn’t that difficult. Plus, it started looking great from both sides:

We have been living with this for a while, and it has been working great! Now, I have been dreaming of changing out the jute for something different and fun. I wonder how this process would work with paper? Paper like a cool old map? What a cool learning tool for my son! Something like this? We’ll just have to see!

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