Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Bamboo Blind Deal Alert

I ran into Lowe’s yesterday to pick up a couple of items. As is usually the case, one item that I needed was at the front of the store and the other item that I needed was at the very back corner of the store. On my stroll to the back of the store I completely accidentally passed through the window covering department. Some bamboo blinds just happened to catch me eye. Then a yellow clearance sticker really caught my eye.

blind price tag

What??? Was $58 and now $11.60!! If my calculations serve me correctly that is 80% off!!! It just so happens that I could use a blind but not one that is 48 inches wide. I decided to take a chance. Our front door at our summer cottage usually stays uncovered but sometimes I would prefer to have a little more privacy.

front door without blinds 

It’s hard for an amateur photographer to take a picture of the door because the camera goes toward the light but I think you get the idea. The window is about 28 inches wide so my blind needed to be 30 inches. Thus I needed to cut 9 inches off each side. I decided to take another risk. I put a bungy cord around the blind to hold it together and took it to my chop saw. It worked very well. It is slightly rough in a few spots but good enough for me.

cut  bamboo blind

Most of the roughness in the photo above brushed off. I proceeded to install the cut blind.

open bamboo blind

When left open it still lets in plenty of light. It is a little too fat rolled up to install completely above the windows.

closed bamboo blind

The color blends well with the color of the floor. If you need a blind, get to Lowe’s ASAP. And, I have a new self-imposed rule. I am no longer shopping with a cart when I go to Lowe’s since I always find stuff that I “need” to fill it up!

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Tammy @ A Walk in the Countryside said...

Super deal! I just purchased 2 bamboo shades from Home Depot a couple of weeks ago. We had to cut ours as well and something that we learned is if you leave them wrapped in the plastic while cutting, you will have a perfect cut, with no rough edges are chips!

Vel Criste said...

OMG, I need this! Checking it out later! Thanks a lot Pat!

the cape on the corner said...

good eye, these were definitely a steal!

Stacey said...

Aren't you smart? My son works at Lowe's in the flooring department while he's going to school. He comes home and tells me good deals every now and then but honestly, they mark things down so low they are gone in a flash!

That huge monogram on your front door is a show stopper! Where'd you get that one?

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

I have received many compliments on the monogram on the front door. I purchased it on Etsy from Scrappinplus. It was very reasonably priced and the turn around time was very quick. Here is the link http://www.etsy.com/listing/126413023/24-inch-vine-connected-unpainted-wooden?ref=shop_home_active

Li Ayers@Renewal by Andersen said...

It was an incredibly good deal! I'd probably give in as well, even if it was sizes larger than my windows. :D For what is this DIY era for if we wouldn't follow our inclinations? Bamboo blinds always make an ideal covering for door and windows, though they have limits in design. But that can be worked out easily by adding a few ethnic pieces in the room.