Wednesday, August 21, 2013

You Get What You Pay For

There are some really interesting things about house ownership that I've discovered over the last few months. Maybe I should change that to first time home ownership. It has an interesting way of humbling you. Just when you think you've got it figured out and confidence is high, another development presents itself and you are back to feeling completely ignorant. Like the time we finally managed to get the supports for a curtain rod hung (after several trips to the hardware store and much procrastinating) only to realize I had bought the wrong size rod. It was too short. (Insert massively inappropriate joke here). Such a wah wah moment.

It also has a way of reminding you of things you knew, but forgot along the way. For example, cutting corners is almost always a bad idea. And, today's lesson, you get what you pay for. When we first moved in, every window was covered in old, dusty plastic blinds. We were grateful to have anything on the windows, but the off-white, dirty nasty things have to go. So we've been slowly replacing them. Oh, and did I mention that they didn't keep much light out? We could tolerate that in the living room, but in the bedroom it was a downright disaster, especially since the sun basically rises into our windows.

I managed to pin up my old black out drapes over two of the windows until we could come up with an acceptable solution. It wasn't the prettiest, but it allowed for some sleep at least.

After a lot of researching and visiting to local stores, we ordered the store brand blinds from The hanging process should have been simple, but the wood we were drilling into is almost as hard as cement. So it took a little while. We also originally went with the outer mount blinds because we thought it would keep out more light. But as you can see, a huge amount of sun snuck in around the edges.

I think it's because the mount held the blinds out too far from the sides. We decided to get double cell to help keep some heat out because man does the sun heat up this room.

Great! Until they started to bust open at the sides. And soon, our double cell shades became single cell shades.

So we called up and they agreed to give us an exchange for whatever product we wanted (we paid the difference). This time, we wizened up and ordered the same shade, but from Bali. We also got an inside mount to try and cut down on the light. As annoyed as we were by the crappy quality of the first product, we were pretty impressed by the customer service. When the blinds arrived, it was time for take 2.

This time, we learned from our past mistakes (sensing a theme?) and drilled pilot holes. It made a world of difference. So don't skip that step. The hole on the right was from the old blinds. We were able to use one of the old ones and just add one more.

We made sure to straighten this hinge out after taking the picture.

I don't know if you can tell from these pictures, but the new blinds let in way less light. They are also way better quality. You can tell just by feeling them. And the good news? They've remained double cell, which means they are holding up just fine. We've slept with them a couple of nights now and I couldn't be happier. So next time, hopefully I will make the right decision the first time around and save myself some serious time and trouble!

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