Easy Window Treatment Update

Wednesday, January 9, 2019



I know hate is a strong word but I feel it is okay to use when it comes to Home Decor- and I have hated the old roman shades in our bedroom since the day we moved into this house. I don't necessarily hate all roman shades but these were the wrong color, difficult to close (the string was on the inside) and all around not my taste. I am so glad that these were the first thing to go for this month's $100 Room Challenge!

I have been wanting to change out these shades since our realtor handed us the keys but... priorities. This didn't seem like a necessary project since our entire first floor needed new blinds (there weren't any). Days turned into months, months to years and it kept getting put at the bottom of my to-do list. Thanks to this challenge, I have finally found my moment to take these shades down (cue the Hallelujah chorus 🙌)!

Let's take a quick look at the before...




When I was planning to update our window treatments I knew I wanted something that let in light, added warmth but also provided some privacy. I have always been intrigued by bamboo blinds but have never given them a try... until now!

When I first set out to find bamboo shades I checked our local Home Depot because I have found them there before for our Mudroom Makeover in last year's $100 Room Challenge but ours quit carrying them in store. After a quick google search I noticed that Menard's had clearanced out these bamboo shades so I traveled to 4 different stores to get the sizes needed (I had to go to 4 because one I found was missing hardware- so I had to go exchange). I'm not sure if gas is included in this challenge but by doing this I scored all three shades for $38 TOTAL! MAJOR steal! Sometimes you have to put in some miles to get a deal!

Two of our windows are dormer windows, one being a window seat, so it didn't make sense to add curtains which is another reason I love these shades- they add texture and warmth with no curtains needed.




Here's a peek at another project we got done this weekend!

The window next to our bed needed some extra oomph so I added these Vivan curtains I had laying around from our previous home (these curtains are $13 [used to be $10] for two panels and are 96 inches in length- and are great for all sorts of DIY projects- like these DIY Pom Pom curtains or these DIY Greek Key Curtains). I'm not adding this into this project's total because I already had them but they're seriously so budget friendly!

After!


I do have a confession- the curtain rods I used to hang these curtains were $10 from Menard's... I was planning on getting the $5 one from Walmart because of budget but carting around a toddler from store to store to find these blinds was frustrating enough that I decided to just spend the extra $5 to avoid another trip to the store. I'll add this into my budget BUT it may be the thing that tips me over (every penny counts in this challenge) so I'll note that at the end too!

This week I also scored big at GoodWill for some fun artwork for above the bed! If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen some sneak peeks in my stories!

Updated To Do List:
  • New window treatments- $48 (including higher curtain rod cost- $43 total for cheaper rod)
  • Paint Side Tables 
  • Re-upholster Headboard
  • Add Accessories
Be sure to check out the progress from all of the other bloggers participating in this challenge below!




As always, Thank you for visiting R&R at home!


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  1. Those bamboo shades look so pretty. And you got them for a steal! Can't wait to see how your room progresses. ~ Angie

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    1. Thank you!! I am so excited to watch it come together!!

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  2. You got a great deal on those blinds! I can't believe you got all three for that price! Score!

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    1. I know! I really can't believe I found these! It took some driving but it was so worth it!

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  3. Fantastic window treatment update. Happy New Year, Kippi

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  4. I love the new look, Rebecca! Those window treatments went a long way! Great use of your budget. Where did you get your scroll? I've been looking for one like that?

    -Marly @ A Brick Home

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    1. Thank you Marly! I actually made that scroll!! I used some shipping paper and my Cricut!!

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  5. Love the new blinds! Those are so cute! I have never been one who loved roman shades either, but these bamboo ones are awesome! Your bedroom is looking great!

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    1. Thank you!! I am so excited to see this room transform!!

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  6. That is some great work- what a steal for three blinds!

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    1. I know!! I can't believe I was able to find them all on clearance!! Definitely perfect timing!!

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  7. Love love love the binds! What an incredible hunt and find story. The curtains have such a wonderful airy quality.

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    1. Thank you so much!! I am loving this change so far!!

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  8. I had to go look at your link for the blinds and I can't believe the price. I am looking for some for my den. Great score.

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    1. I honestly could not believe it when I found these! The trick is finding them in store but my son and I had some fun adventures hunting in the area to find them! :)

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  9. What an amazing deal on your bamboo shades! They look fantastic.

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    1. Thank you!! I really could not believe the price either!! Such a steal!!

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  10. Love it all! And I know the feeling... sometimes it's just worth $5 to not have to run to another store; especially with kids in tow.

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    1. Those were my thoughts exactly- I figured it was best to best honest but man- I could have used that $5 other places, haha! I'm a bit over budget with this one!

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