As you know, there wasn’t enough good lighting AND there were no curtains or blinds on the windows in this new/old home of mine. The funny thing is, I did not realize just how well others could see in my home until I was out with my dog in the early morning and my bedroom light was on! It was just creepy to me that anyone could see me walking around in my home. (Before your mind goes there … I have cellular shades in the bathroom so that was the room I was using for privacy.)
I needed to figure out something quick for 5 windows! I’ve had good luck buying blinds that are cut to the size I want (right in the store) and the installation is something that I can handle on my own. So, off I went to Menards with gift cards and measurements in hand. I love that they are the ones to figure out what size to cut them!
So … risking life and limb … I climbed out on the ledge and installed the hardware first. My mom was here while I installed this window blind. She was hilarious!
She asked, “What am I supposed to do if you fall?”
“Um, dial 911?”
Seriously though, I WAS a bit nervous. I ended up with some pain in my lower back for a day or 2 as I was hugging the window with my tummy but had to lean out a bit with my shoulders, arms and head. This was, by far, the hardest blind to install EVER!
Totally worth the couple days of a sore back …
I still have to shorten them. They come with instructions and diagrams on how to do it and it is pretty easy. As the saying goes, “This is not my first rodeo”.
The sitting area in my bedroom … don’t you just love the blue walls? I have big plans for this room but the blinds are a good start!
Blinds in the living room where I am putting the TV that is not up yet. I will be installing the valance that comes with the blinds but it was cut just a bit long and I need to take it back for them to do.
I chose vertical blinds that open to the side for my large front window.
Installing blinds is something that is good for a beginner, and if you are looking for an easy change that makes a huge difference, this one is a good starting point for a DIY’er. Building confidence in the small things helps when wanting to move on to the next level. My mother loves to tell me that the reason I do home improvement myself is because I believe that I can do anything. There is some truth in that statement but, I am aware of my limitations in knowledge (think plumbing) and my desire to learn about something that I have not done before (think plumbing).
My main goal in writing this blog is to let you see that if this Grandmother of 7 can do these things, you can too! “Where there is a will there is a way.” Necessity moved to me to start doing things myself but passion has kept me continuing to do it all these years.
My best to you on YOUR journey,