Jun 11, 2012

Now You See Me, Now you Don't

This is the week of my lovely sister's sure-to-be-lovely wedding! As such, we will have relatives staying at our home and are pumped to be doing some dinner hosting, too. I am a deadline driven person, so I love knowing that we're going to have house guests. It's one of the few things that really motivates me to deep clean the house and finish up all those little projects that sit on the back burner for ages!

Needless to say, this was a busy weekend for domestic Jennifer. I washed windows, did laundry, organized clutter and re-arranged shelves, scrubbed out trashcans and hung artwork :) A project that had been on the to-do list for a while was to deal with our bathroom windows, which overlook the back driveway/patio area. The master bath has had no window covering since we moved in, and the guest bath had a dilapidated yellowing roller blind that we rarely used. It wasn't a big problem, since our back yard is really private, but I wanted guests to feel comfortable. I also wanted to be able to shower if somebody other than Ben happened to be hanging out in the back yard. No peep shows here!

To keep things simple and cheap, I simply bought some textured contact paper ($20) at the hardware store, cut it to size, and followed the instructions to place it on the bottom half of both windows. It's great because tons of natural light still streams in, but it's nice and private. It's hard to tell in photos, but you can kind of see in the difference it makes in this before and after of our master bath.

This was one of the easiest projects I've done in a while, and I like the streamlined look of the hall bath without a dingy roller blind. We still need to remove the old hardware from the window frames, but putting a fresh coat of paint on all of our doors and trim is on my to-do list, so I'll spiff up the frames at that point.

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