$100 Room Makeover Challenge- Week 3

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Welcome to Week 3 of the $100 Room Makeover Challenge hosted by Erin at Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry! In case you missed it here are Week 1 and Week 2 of this challenge!

I am beyond excited to share this week's progress because it was a true 'R&R' project (check out my About page for more info on the inspiration for my blog name)! This week I am sharing how we made magnetic bamboo blinds to add to the back door in our mudroom! I know, I know. This isn't the first time a shade has been added to a door but I was faced with some tough challenges and overcame each one by not being afraid to be innovative!

So, let's start with the first challenge [which should be obvious] and that is that we are on a budget! And a strict one at that! I didn't want to spend any more than $20 to add this shade to the door and have you checked pricing on custom blinds? They are NOT cheap! Even your average bamboo shade from any big box store in a custom(ish) size is at least $30 (and Home Depot stopped carrying these in store- at least here in the Chicago suburbs). So, I had to get creative. I chose to purchase these from Lowe's that come in only 3 sizes and Lowe's will NOT cut them down. So, I got home and realized they were way too big for our door (see image below).

Sorry for the terrible picture quality!
If you follow me on Instagram, then you may have already watched this whole debacle unfold. I got a lot of feedback NOT to try and cut these blinds myself. Then, I googled it and saw a couple of other bloggers had already tried it so I said, LET'S DO THIS! And, at the end of the day, these blinds were $15 so I figured I wasn't losing much by experimenting.

It really was not as crazy hard as I was expecting. We simple rolled the blinds up as tight as we could and wrapped them in painters tap smack dab in the middle of where we planned to cut. Then, we used a regular ol' hack saw to cut these down. Shout out to my hubby (the patient one) who took his time cutting these down- he did a great job! Really, you guys, it was that simple! A little patience and determination really goes a long way!

The next thing I did was cut down the string. I really had no need for these blinds to be the length of the entire door (still contemplating if I should just cut the entire bottom section) and this string was so crazy long so I simply cut it and tied new knots on the new ends.

The last part is my FAVORITE part! One of the biggest challenges for me was not wanting to drill holes in the door to hang these... I move past certain trends very quickly so I was not willing to commit to these blinds forever. So, I wanted to find a temporary solution. I thought, surely there has to be a way to hang these with magnets. Yup. Super easy, y'all! I picked up these heavy duty magnets with hooks on them for about $2.50 a piece, painted them the same color as the door and voila. Magnetic blinds!

From afar you can barely tell they are being held up by MAGNETS!

Best part of this whole project? It was $20 from start to finish! And I am so so SO proud!

I wish I could show you how it looks from farther back but I'll be back next week with the final reveal! I cannot wait! Until then, check out all of the other bloggers completing this challenge!

Here is my updated To Do list:
  • Paint Walls (Sherwin Williams 'Passive') FREE, already had from my Powder Room Makeover
  • Paint Door (Sherwin Williams 'Iron Ore') $11.00 (rounded up), already had brushes and painters tape
  • Add bamboo shade to door  - $20.54 (For bamboo shade and two magnets)
  • Change out light fixture
  • Add durable rug
  • Add decor- wall art? baskets?

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  1. That looks great! We recently had to get a blind for a window -- a custom blind for a tiny window would have cost $80!! No thanks. So we got creative with an old shutter. Also, I have decor commitment issues too! Ha ha! I like to change stuff up without breaking the bank.

  2. I am so in love with the way that you went with the flow of things! I am pretty consistently trying things I'm told not to. Glad to have found a kindred soul. You should be proud because these shades look great. Also, I had no idea that they even made magnets with hooks on them. Genius!

  3. I'm so glad the magnet worked for you! The blind looks great!

  4. Oh my gosh I LOVE this idea! I didn't even see the magnets until you pointed them out. Brilliant!

  5. Way to go! Sometimes we need to listen to our hearts and not other people! Lol

  6. Wow! I am shocked that they held it. Pretty cool and ingenious on your part.

  7. Good to know cutting them really wasn't an issue. And that magnet trick is genius!

  8. I had no idea it would be that easy to cut them down! Way to go on some true DIY skills. Looks amazing and I love the magnet idea too!

  9. Now that is brilliant! If you hadn't showed the magnets, I would never have seen them. Looks beautiful! Anxiously awaiting next week's reveal!!!


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