Tagged: budget

Door Pt 2 – Goodbye Window Sheer!

I got the second coat of Spar-Urethane on the door now it was time to deal with the window treatment.

The last owners had left a light blue push-on sheer that worked fine for privacy. Again here is the interior of the door before I started the project.


               interior before

Recap from last week: I had stripped the red paint of the door exterior and stripped the varnish/lacquer off of the interior and freshened up the stain. In the midst of stripping I discovered the door interior was not a single color!


I decided to forgo any kind of curtain or shade and tested this frosted privacy film from Jo-Ann’s (yay for coupons!)


This is not a sticky product at all and was pretty easy to work with. It was very similar to those decorative stick on clings you might find for holidays. Just cut the cling to the right dimension, spritz the window with water and put it on smoothing out any bubbles. It is pretty easy to re-adjust so just take your time with it.


               two panes down – 4 to go



I am quite happy how this project turned out, now I will turn my attention to the front porch while searching for the perfect wreath to hang on the door.


Curtain Rods on a Budget

Alrighty soooo I haven’t finished my curtains yet… I will eventually, I just want to use the blindstitch at work and haven’t had the chance to stay late yet.

Anyway I thought I would share an easy and inexpensive curtain rod solution that I discovered while browsing pinterest. The cheapest rods I found that were more than just a lightweight cafe rod were still close to $15 and nothing too special. Thanks to Lowes I was able to buy a 5 ft piece of metal conduit  for $1.68 (they can always cut it down for you but I think this is a nice size for a single window if you have enough wall space on either side.) They had brackets for $4 a piece… or you can use the conduit clips fastened to angle irons totally about $5 for 4! This is a nice option because you can always customize your return amount depending on how deep your window sill and frame are.


I saw suggestions for using cute drawer pulls as finials for just a couple dollars a piece. However… RUN NOW… to Bed Bath and Beyond and you can snag these ball finials on clearance 2 for $1.99 (they are labeled for a kids room but they look pretty adult to me.)



Since the conduit is hollow I will have to secure the finial, I think I will cut cut down some wine corks to pop them in but others have suggested using pieces of a wooden dowel or other scrap wood.

I thought I would share for anyone who was looking for a substantial rod but trying to keep to a budget – the metal finish is just fine for me but once it warms up… I do love a good coat of spray paint!