Covering a Hard to Cover Window July 2, 2012

Updating our upstairs
We’re in the process of another remodeling project and are going to be replacing the blinds in my son’s room with plantation shutters. But there’s this cute little window above the window seat, that probably should have never been placed where it was.

That’s because it’s directly facing the west and lets in all sorts of sunshine and heat during the summer months, especially in the late afternoon. We looked into having it professionally removed, replacing the window with wall, but that came with the pretty high price tag! So, Budget Barb has struck again! (when my husband reads about me, calling myself “Budget Barb”, he’ll probably roll his eyes, wishing I really was “Budget Barb”!)

First, I made a template, with some newspaper. Then I traced the template onto a piece of foam core board, thinking it would not only block out the sun, but add a wee bit of insulation. With an X-Acto knife, I cut the pattern onto the foam board. Then, I cut the same pattern, on a cream colored burlap.

With a spray adhesive, made by 3M, I applied the burlap, to both sides of the foam board.

This spray adhesive could stop a bird in flight, so be careful if you use it!


Cutting the foam board ever so slightly larger than the window opening, I could nudge the finished product in there and it fit snug.

I think that I’m going to go ahead and paint the burlap, the same color as the walls, and then glue gun a trim, in the same color around the outside edge of the board, to finish it off nicely.

Ta-da! Stay tuned for more brilliant ideas! You just never know when they’ll happen!

Enjoy your day,

A friend posted this note on Facebook last week, and I thought you might enjoy it. I know I did!

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  1. kim on July 3, 2012 at 5:02 am

    That turned out great. Our wall of windows on the back of the house face west, too and so much heat pours in late in the day.

  2. Donnamae on July 3, 2012 at 5:13 am

    Wonderful idea…I’ve got a difficult window, too…not as stylish as yours. We did put a window film on to keep out the rays, but I like your idea better…mind if I play copy cat? 😉

    • Barbara Bussey on July 3, 2012 at 7:15 am

      I would be honored, if you copied, Donnamae! 🙂

  3. Karena on July 3, 2012 at 6:12 am

    As much as I love that window, you are very inventive in covering it and now it will look like a cartouche!!

    Love the quote from Mother Theresa

    Art by Karena

    • Barbara Bussey on July 3, 2012 at 7:17 am

      “Cartouche”. Sounds good. Do I need my French dictionary for that? 🙂

  4. on July 3, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Fantastic idea, budget Barb! You had me laughing with the eye roll comment, and thinking of that spray can stopping birds in flight! Good stuff!

    So clever, and a fairly easy solution. Necessity is the mother of invention, right?! 🙂


  5. Martina on July 3, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Barbara LOVE how that turned out!!

  6. Shirley@housepitalitydesigns on July 3, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Love the creative window treatment Budget Barb!!!…and I am not rolling my eyes!!…

  7. Gretchen on July 4, 2012 at 5:26 am

    Great idea Barbara! It looks terrific.

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