Blind Cord Repair 101

When the cord on your bamboo blinds succumbs to entropy, fraying and then breaking, here’s what you do:

1. Go to the hardware store and buy some white nylon cord for $2.49.

2. Brew up some coffee (use the decaf Colombian that’s been sitting in the cupboard for the past two years because you never drink decaf).

3. Soak the cord in the coffee to give it a tan tint that nicely matches the bamboo shades. (The pleasant coffee aroma will add to the room’s ambiance as well.)

4. Remove the pieces of old cord and string the new coffee-tinted cord.

5. Pull up the shade and let the sun shine in.


  1. That’s great, babe, but I still don’t want to play Martha Stewart password with you! : )


  2. Rufus McCain says

    I forgot to tell you I used “carmelized onions” in a sentence this morning while chit-chatting with the moms at ballet.

  3. Quin Finnegan says

    What color do carmelized onions get you? I’ve got some yellow shades in the kitchen, and I’ll need to play around with the ingredients.

    I figure ketsup will work pretty well for red blinds in the rec room.

    When I get a rec room.

  4. Rufus McCain says

    “Carmelized onions” was one of the many answers I failed to get during an infamous game of Martha Stewart Password one time. I still don’t really have a handle on what they are. Mushy (and yummy) sateed onions, I guess. We got whooped by Ashley’s sister and bro-in-law who had a few years of Marth Stewart indoctrination on me.

  5. Chess McGee says

    you didn’t say how to thread it!!! i can’t work it out and my room is now desperately low on light… please help!

  6. Rufus McCain says

    We have an instructional booklet for $19.95 which covers threading.

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