Now that you all know we live in Slough, I can finally share with you a piece of art I made for our living room. It was inspired by these pieces of Bus Blind Art I have seen on places like notonthehighstreet.com. I’ve alway loved the vintage signage used by London Underground and the buses. In fact years ago, when my other half lived in Mile End with some housemates, they had a ‘Mile End’ Underground Station sign in their living room – it was sooooo cool. I’ve always wanted something similar. But these things are not cheap, and usually the bus blinds with frame are around £100-£200. Hmm. Well, I discovered I can make one at home for much less.
We moved to Slough last year, which is quite famous for it’s ugly/iconic bus station that recently got demolished. I was randomly typing in ‘Slough’ into the Ebay search bar, and came across a vintage Bus Destination Blind for sale at £12.50. Bargain! I quickly ordered it. If you want to do something similar, just type in ‘Bus Destination Blinds’ into the Ebay search bar, and you’ll find loads to browse through:
The blind arrived rolled tight and sent in a little jiffy bag. When I unrolled it, it was quite flimsy but large! And I didn’t realise Bus Blinds were made of paper, but there you go.
My next step was to find a frame to fit it. The blind measured roughly 36 x 5.5 inches – so long and narrow. Nothing really fitted the spec in the shops or online. I then thought, what about those multi-aperture frames where you put in lots of little photos in a row. But I couldn’t find one long enough. I was stumped.
Then one day, we were walking through Debenhams in Uxbridge, and I saw out of the corner of my eye a 5-photo multi aperture frame – it was perfect! It was on sale, down to £20. More than I hoped to pay, but it was solid oak, so good quality. I like how the frame was boxed at 3cm deep, it just looked good.
I took the mount out, and put my bus blind in and voila!
There is a tiny gap at the edges, but you really don’t notice it. I am so pleased with it and feel like I have a museum piece in my own home! I put it up above our bookcases in the living room, as it fits in the space perfectly and is the first thing you see as you walk in the room.
The total project cost me £32.50 – much cheaper than buying the ones online for £100! And I love how it’s personal to our apartment and tells a story of our home.
I really recommend it, if you want to make one for your home. Just keep checking Ebay, you never know when your town might pop up on a bus blind!