There used to be a vinyl miniblind before the kitchen got fixed up. It was gross and dirty and yellowed from age. In a huff, I ripped it down and tossed it in the garbage. It wasn't until afterwards that I found a great tutorial online about how to turn an old miniblind into a roman shade. So I stole the only remaining one in the house from the bedroom upstairs for this project - I've been meaning to take it down for a while now anyways.
Check out littlegreennotebook's step-by-step instructions on how I did it, because I'm too lazy to show you more than a few "in progress" shots myself! So sue me.
When it's completely lifted, it is almost hidden behind the valance and out of sight.
It's a little rough around the edges, but it works for now...until I find something else on Pinterest :)