I know it is unbelievable, but we are still under renovation. It started on January 3rd of this year and we kept adding scope as more and more issues were found. Remember the movie Money Pit from back in the eighties? I feel like I am a permanent cast member of that movie looped for eternal re-run. As I am typing away right now, I hear the roofers hard at work above me. With every bang of loud noise they make, a few more dollars disappears from my bank account.
Complains aside, the house is looking better and better. One thing I put my final personal touch on recently was the balcony door. Here’s a little bit of history. When we first saw this house, there were these four panel glass doors leading out to a 500 square feet balcony. It looked absolutely gorgeous, allowing light to flash into the living room, which made the place looked airy and upbeat. However, a closer look suggested heavy termite and rain damage. So just like everything else in the house, it needed to be replaced.
Balcony Door, Original Condition
During renovation, both the doors and wooden frame were replaced by one continuous double sided sliding doors. This made the space look larger and more modern.
Balcony Door, After Renovation
From day one, I’ve always envisioned a long, flowing, and thick curtain going over this space to make the window look even more dramatic. I’ve searched high and low on the web to find the right curtains and rod that’s long and tall enough for this space with just the right color to match the rest of the space. Eventually I’ve found some double wide curtains that will fit this space. Better yet, I was able to score them at 15% off their already discounted price! It is a pair of blackout curtains at 96 inches x 96 inches in desert velvet color. Imaging my happiness when they finally arrived! I also ordered some curtain rings from Amazon.com to go with the black extra long curtain rods.
Curtain Rings in Black
Attaching the rings to the curtains was so simple, even for a DYI idiot like me. I only had to make sure the rings were clipped onto the curtains with 6 inches between them, and the silver clips that came with the curtains were removed.
Attaching Curtain Rings to the Curtain
Curtain Rings Are All Attached
It took my contractor only fifteen minutes to put on the brackets and hang the curtains on the rod. The finally product looked every bit as beautiful as I imagined! I got to say, the desert velvet color matches so well with the wooden ceiling and the cabinets int he kitchen, and the black curtain rod and curtain rings matches really well with the black sconces around the living room. The height of the curtain is just perfect too, with the bottom barely touching the floor.
Curtains Finally Got Hung Up, 1
Curtains Finally Got Hung Up, 2
Overall, I love how everything came together. I was worried about the cost at one point when someone came in to give me a quote. I am so glad I was able to do the project mostly by myself at less than half of that amount. I can’t wait to move onto the next project!