We put up temporary paper shades when we moved in, knowing they may be up there a few months. We decided to wait until we had the cash for blinds…this is how we agreed to take on our projects. No extra debt if we can help it. We have a list of things we need/want for the house and are slowly checking them off.

We first bought a much-needed new mattress (upgraded to a king size, Holla!).

And then we bought the bed for the new mattress (Awesome!).

Today we bought blinds for the girls room and the study, since they both face the front of the house. When we first moved in, we were going to wait until we could afford to do the whole house at once and have them professionally installed. Home Depot seemed like the best place, price was good and their off the shelf sizes were what we needed.

Well, plans change, of course. We did indeed purchase blinds from home Depot, but just for the 2 rooms to start with. We will tackle the rest as we can. Another thing we changed from our initial thoughts, we decided to go with 2 1/2 in. faux wood blinds in espresso, instead of the more common white.

We’ve never installed blinds before, and the first window was QUITE the learning experience. The second window took all of 20 minutes. Key piece of info for you: Have a powerful drill. The small 1-speed drill was no match for the metal flashing lurking behind the drywall. Bill had to go buy a bigger, better drill. So that was an unexpected/unplanned for expense.

It was easier than we thought, and we hope to have the rest of the windows done within the next few weeks.

As always, here are some pictures…

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