You are probably thinking – “crazy lady is turning her whole house upside down!” Well, I do love changes and I know that changes take sacrifice. Ok, who am I kidding? I love changes and there is no pain in that, only sheer pleasure!
I have taken some remodeling projects because I feel how these types of activities invigorate me, they help me transcend and it all together makes me feel great. My favorite place in the house is the kitchen, of course. I really enjoy the time I spend there. When I cook with my boys these exotic recipes, I love the memories we build there. I do not love the mess they leave after them, but even that becomes a delight.
But, well, this is not what I wanted to tell you. Let me take you through the process of replacing my windows. Now, this, I promise, is not a whimsical crave I had for replacing my windows. I actually had good reasons for it. No, this is not me trying to convince myself. It. Is. Not.
Reasons Why I Decided to Change my Windows
Now, let me tell you why I thought that my windows really needed to get replaced and then you can check if I am crazy or not. Maybe you get inspiration yourself on making some changes as well.
- They looked plain ugly. For real. The wood was no longer honoring the beautiful sight of the outside that came through them. At first, I was planning on sanding the old paint off and painting again. But then I thought it would be best to just replace the whole thing.
- They were no longer practical. These windows had been there for ages, even before my kids were born. I was not really feeling they were up to date and there was no way of updating them. They still had this swiveling lever that you rotate to open them. To be honest, they made me feel like if I was in a hospital. Probably because that is how I remember windows from the hospital when I was a child. I don’t know you but my fondest memories do not come from hospitals. Except when I had my kids.
- They had stains on them. Yes, there were these yellow stains that would simply not go away. I tried everything. I diligently set up an army of cleaners to get rid of them but they were not going anywhere. If you have little kids at home, you know how hard it is to keep stuff clean and tidy. But then, I will not blame it on the kids too; I take my share of the guilt.
- There was a stench coming from them. Have you ever smelled wood that is so humid that it never dries? Not a nice smell, I tell you that. I could feel the foul smell oozing every time I approached the kitchen to do dishes. That just needed to go.
- Some of them were cracked. The glass in some of my windows was cracked. Most of the cracks were not that big, but then there was this one in my bedroom that was the mother of cracks. I think it was one time it got hit by a baseball from the neighbors. I really can’t recall.
What I had to Do
The entire process took me approximately 10 days. Not bad for a working mommy, huh? Of course, I got some help from a cabinetmaker to help with the hard work. I have a good friend who specializes in home decoration and she gave me amazing tips.
So, I simply went to the workshop and exposed my idea. I tried to get the best price possible and I think I succeeded. It was really exciting to see the old windows go. Yes, they took some memories with them and good times, but changes make all of that be worth it.
I made an agreement with the cabinetmaker if I could put in all the materials and just pay him the labor. This was helpful to me since I could get my own materials and at better prices.
The Final Details
Well, the excitement of getting new windows was a big surge already. But then I noticed that something was still off. You remember how I mentioned that my old windows were outdated and needed an upgrade? Ah, how I love my new windows! But then I had to make everything match.
My old windows sported this palace-looking curtains I got from my mother one-hundred years ago. The look on my windows was a lot fresher and more modern. So, I needed something more adequate for the time. This is how I came up with the idea of using blinds.
To me, blinds are like these beautiful canvases of modern art. They provide a fresh look to any home. You can easily control the amount of natural light that enters your rooms. They make your room feel pretty dark too unless you open them. I just love waking up to a dark room, especially those days when I am on holidays.
I contacted Sonata Design, a company that specializes in blinds Calgary to see what were the best ones for my house. She suggested a style depending on the size of the window and the space it was in. I believe I made a nice selection and now my home looks more modern, more like the 21st century.