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I got these vertical blinds free and after cutting this one down to size and reassembling it, and thinking I hated the fabric slats, realized I REALLY hated the fabric. (it looks like my doctor's office...) Sooo...what about if I do this? (see below) birch slats to match the ceiling? maybe rip some edge "C" trim to cover the edges out of walnut? that should help keep them from warping too, yes? then the birch/walnut curtains will REALLY match the ceiling!!! opinions?

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i was thinking of paint, but maybe covering it with another slat of oak or walnut WOULD be better? maybe 'scallop' the bottom?

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Yes that is a good idea. I think that looks awesome. I would make sure that the same amount of finish coats are on each side of the wood.
 

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actual slat.
here's a shot of it now. i wrapped the edges in walnut.
grooved, routed (rounded) and oiled. i kinda like it this way!
think i should do the top awning in walnut or oak to match the casement?
opinions?

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i wonder about the bottoms too, think i should mitre in a small piece of walnut there too, or just let it 'hang'? the top will be hidden....
and i think the walnut edges will help prevent warping once glued in place.

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Normally I would say oak to match the casement. But I think the walnut would look better. I think it would balance the two colors.
 

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you don't think the darker walnut awning would make it feel too top heavy?

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here's what the ceiling looks like.
someone mentioned i should show it in case someone actually never SAW the ceiling....
i rigged the fan from 3 free, broken ones. works great!

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It might. How hard would it be to put a little piece of each kind of wood up there (one at a time, of course) to compare the two?
 

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When I look at it with the ceiling, I think the walnut might look better to cover the track. The oak would definitely look good too though.
 

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here's the scalloping in the living room 12' up in the air.
flou. lights inside. this goes across the whole 17 ft'.

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If someone never saw that ceiling then they haven't been here long :laughing:

That will look very nice & match up with the rest of the room
 

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you mean this one? http://www.diychatroom.com/f49/my-40-300-sq-ft-homemade-birch-walnut-ceiling-31309/
ya never know. only 2,505 views so far, and most of those were me.....

gonna sleep on this one and decide the awning in the morning i think.
unless someone gives me a better idea tonight, i think i'll go with the oak.
it'll match and build right into the casement.
but the walnut would really tie in the slats below it visually.... hmmmmmm........

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The living room woodwork looks sharp. Lots of detail!

I'll throw another idea in here. How about making the awning out of oak, but trim the top and bottom of it with walnut.

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Make it from oak with walnut trim on top and scallop the bottom.

Whew! all this thinking is making me dizzy! :laughing: lol
 

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Gosh, remember back in the late 70s early 80s when those vertical blinds were all the rage. Every tract house on the east coast had those but-ugly things.
 

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gee, you'd think with a nick like retro, you'd LIKE that sort of thing! lol
here's what i'm thinking of doing with the awning. the slats will get cut to size and attached tomorrow after the glue dries.
any suggestions? opinions? keep it? change it? it's not permanent yet.

thanks,

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