No, I’m not talking about going into a project blind or even having no real vision for a project before starting. I’m actually talking about my latest project—installing new blinds in our living room! Here’s a shot of our old junky, metal mini blinds from the 1980’s? Yeah, they’ve seen better days
So I set out to find the perfect fit for our space. I wanted something simple and updated, but not too overwhelming in the room. I did a ton of research online about different styles of window coverings, including blinds, curtains, drapes and even plantation shutters.
I decided to start with blinds due to their relative affordability and their ease of use in our busy home. After installing the new blinds I can always add curtains, drapes or a simple valance after the fact. I would have loved to experiment with some plantation shutters, but they’re very expensive, they’re difficult to install yourself and they just weren’t the look I was going after. So, blinds it was.
When you start shopping for blinds it can seem kind of daunting. First you need to pick a style, which can be a chore in and of itself. There are literally thousands of colors, styles and materials to choose from. Next, you need to decide if you’re up to installing the blinds yourself or if you need a professional blind installer to complete the project. An important part of DIY blinds is the initial measuring. This can make some people nervous as you need to get it right the first time. If you decide to tackle the project yourself just remember, measure each dimension of each window twice. Two vertical measurements, two horizontal measurements…just to make sure you get it right.
Next you need to figure out where to buy your blinds. Again, there are many options. You can purchase blinds from your local Home Depot, you can choose to buy blinds online, or you can choose to hire a professional blind company to handle the process from start to finish.
Since I’m the ultimate DIY’er (in my mind anyway), of course I chose to purchase our blinds online and install them myself. After much research I chose to go with Steve’s Blinds and Wallpaper. They had great prices, exactly the style I wanted and they even had a coupon for free professional blind measuring.
I called Steve’s and they sent out a professional measurer (sp?) within 3 days to get our specs. The process was easy and the guy was punctual and fast. With measurements in hand I set out to the website to pick our blinds. I settled on some 2-inch faux wood blinds in white. The price was half what real wood would have cost and the look was perfect.
A short few days after I placed my order, the blinds arrived (complete with installation instructions). I set aside the next Saturday to complete the install. Turned out I wouldn’t need nearly an entire day! I’m not sure about other blinds, but these were so easy to install. Simply screw in two brackets…four screws total. Then just slide the blind assembly into the brackets and lock them down. So easy!
The end result was just as I had imagined (rare with my projects!). And it couldn’t have been easier. If you’re looking for an easy way to spruce up a room, without a huge commitment in time or budget, new blinds are a great way to go!