Cheap blinds!

I ordered blinds on www.blinds.com.  I had to order 6 custom blinds for various sized windows.  I ordered the 2.5″ slats in Ultimate Faux White.  They are Norman brand, but I just chose that brand because that was the sale that was running when I was ready to order them.  A week and a couple days later, the boxes showed up and Ben put them up in a couple hours.  There was some difficulty drilling into the frame of the windows, because it seems like some had metal sheets.  I would highly recommend buying your blinds on this website if you know someone who is handy enough to put them up.  They come with instructions of course.  I ordered mine “With Valance Returns” because I don’t plan on hanging curtains from a rod, so I want the white valance returns.  You type in your exact custom size that you need and pick whatever brand is on sale as long as they carry the type of blind you want.  I really wanted Faux Wood blinds.  My blinds that came actually look more like Plastic blinds, since the brand with the wood grain wasn’t on sale when I was buying them.  However, I do like that the ones on sale were the 2.5″ slats.  As you can see from the second and third photos, you really get a great view outside and you don’t have as many slats interrupting your vision.  Guess what the grand total was for all six of our faux wood blinds?   Scroll down…

$276.95 with free shipping for six custom blinds.  Yup.  No joke.

White Country Night Stands

Night Stands!

I held off on buying night stands, because they seemed really expensive at $60 a PIECE when you need two.  Well, I’m so glad I did, because it dawned on me one night to search Amazon.com for “End Tables” after measuring for the space I had between the door and the bed, and noticing that a standard night stand would be far too big.  I ended up finding these!

They are even painted to look like faded/old country cottage items.  I love the detail, and also the simplicity.  It’s pretty easy to put together as well.  This is how it looks like:

http://www.amazon.com/Gift-Warehouse-34353-Carved-White/dp/B000EWZ1Q2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1349584562&sr=8-1&keywords=white+end+tables

I bought them for $35 each.  A great price considering that if you buy a night stand, you would be spending $60 each but you get two of these for $70.

Door & Handles: Before and After

Before

 

After

Bathroom door:

Bedroom closet:

 

Kwikset Bed and Bath Door (Tustin Venetian), Antique Bronze

Here are the links to the products if you are interested:

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-202106307/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&keyword=kwikset+tustin&storeId=10051

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-100597374/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&keyword=kwikset+tustin&storeId=10051

This is not the exact door I bought, which is hollow and was more like $30 :

http://www.homedepot.com/JELD-WEN/h_d1/N-25ecodZ5yc1vZ2he/R-202646630/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&keyword=doors+six+panel&storeId=10051

How to Update Your Doors

I’m pretty excited to share some photos of the new doors and door handles I bought.  First, I was going with a brushed nickel theme in the house, but after seeing the white doors go up without the door knobs in, the hole that was there looked dark and gave me the idea that some dark knobs might look great.  So I ended up going to the store to find something dark brown/black in the push down lever style.  We installed them yesterday and it looks great against the white.

How to change your doors:

1. Measure your old door (not the frame) height and width.

2. Home Depot only sells doors by the rounded inch so if you measure your door to anything other than a whole number, you will have to custom order or cut the door you buy.

3. If cutting the door, Home Depot’s hollow JW doors have 3 inches of solid wood on either side, allowing you to cut the door if you need to.

4.  You will need a table saw; set the saw to the width you need to cut off and push the door through.  You will need some help doing this!!

5. Remove the old hinges and trace them to the new door and cut out a pocket for the hinge so that the hinge surface lines up with the door surface instead of protruding beyond the door.

6.  Screw the hinges and the door back in.  You could use an extra hand during this step!

7. Line up the bore hole that the door handle goes into with the latch on the door frame and if it doesn’t line up, you need to make a new groove in the frame.

8. Pick door knobs/levers of your liking and follow its own instruction sheet (you really just need a screw driver or electrical one)

Bedroom

Here are some initial pictures of parts of my room. It’s Sherwin William’s Livable Green.  I will have to take one more shot later because I forgot to take a picture of the whole room with the crown molding in.

BEFORE

AFTER

This is just my duvet cover because at the time of the picture the comforter was at the laundromat: