Wednesday, February 26, 2014

New Windows, New Blinds

I'm finally posting about the new windows!

The windows went in fast in one day, but we lived with them without trim for quite awhile. Things progressed elsewhere in the house. Our contractor had brought the trim somewhere to be spray painted to help speed up the process and leave us with less fumes. We lived without window coverings for quite some time. I'm sure the neighbors enjoyed our old sheets... Trim went up fairly fast. They did the whole first floor in one day, which is really only 8 windows. They still need to come back and fix up the holes, do some caulking, and touch up the paint, but they look SO much better...

As a reminder, here is what we started with sans window dressings.

I do not miss that look...

Window photos are insanely hard to do... Especially with all the snow on the ground reflecting more light than there really is.

I'm in love. Period appropriate and they all match.

Just before Christmas was when the trim was installed. We decided to jump in and order custom binds for all of the new windows. We thought it would help keep it all looking new and nice. My hope was also that they house would keep a consistency throughout the house even with each room decorated differently. We have also decided that we are going to go ahead and do the same things in the basement when that's all done as well.

This was a very irritating process. We originally just wanted to grab the same blinds that we had had in the living room for the entire house. Those blinds were by Bali and were just a white faux wood that we got at Home Depot shortly after we moved in. The faux wood blinds there are now a very cheap looking plastic. The only way to get what we had was to order and that also gave us the option to go for the exact sizes we needed.

Blinds arrived sooner than they were expected! But because of Christmas, we delayed putting them in. We still have one to put up but that window is currently blocked by the massive pile of stuff from the basement. The others have actually been installed for awhile now. Love them! Totally worth the cost. We did end up getting a deal on them because everywhere was running a special (Menards, Home Depot, Lowe's, and online vendors). We did end up going with a company online that gave us the best prices, even with shipping. I was a little worried about them fitting, but we just had to give exact measurements, tell the company how we were mounting them, and they figured out how large/small they needed to be. It all worked out great and the company had a return policy for things that didn't fit that we felt we could live with.

Install was pretty basic. Nothing fancy. It's just a matter of making holes for the brackets, drilling, and then screwing the brackets in. The blinds just then pop in and they have that finishing piece that pops onto the metal "bar" at the top to make it all pretty.

So far having the new windows and blinds has been fantastic. I'm enjoying not having windows wrapped in plastic this winter since we moved in. So far, I would say new windows are definitely worth the investment!

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