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#410243 - 02/15/15 02:15 AM Re: CV's Subterranean Adventure [Re: CV]
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Loc: Richland, WA, USA
I've received three of the four Bali cellular shades I've ordered. Maybe counterintuitive, but I went with light filtering (non-blackout) black shades for the stairwell windows, and a white blackout shade for the window behind the TV. They're all inside-mount, so there will still be light around the edges unless I further dress the windows.

I'm tempted to do another Bali shade for the front of the equipment closet, simply because it would be a lot cheaper than a glass door, and maybe blocking the view of the equipment wouldn't be such a bad thing. Of course, this would require an IR extender solution of some kind, which I haven't researched at all. At least, it will require it if I want to control anything other than my PS3 or PC. As long as no one wants me to change the volume during movie nights, then I really don't need to invest in the IR extender stuff right away. In any case, that's just if I decide to go with another shade. I haven't seen it before, but it doesn't seem like it would be unsightly. What do you think? Weird idea?

I'm not sure when the kitchen counter will be installed. I have to have more work done prior to the installation. I had mentioned to the woman at Home Depot when we first went in and ordered the countertop that I still needed the support built for the end where the dishwasher would go, but then I forgot to make a point of ensuring it would be included in the estimate. Sure enough, it wasn't, so now we need to have their cabinet guy come out and measure and give us a bid for doing that part of it, as well as cutting down and attaching the end panel pieces. Then the countertop guys can come do the templating for their portion of the work. Fingers crossed it will happen sooner rather than later.

I'll post new pics after I have the window shades installed, since you've never seen any before in your life.

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#410598 - 03/03/15 03:17 AM Re: CV's Subterranean Adventure [Re: CV]
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Here are the shades in the stairwell windows, at least:



They ended up being different colors because I'm not always smart. I had originally ordered both in black, but I didn't double-check my measurements even though they say to be sure. I was sure, but I wasn't right. The top of the window opening is an inch narrower than the bottom in one of them, so there's no way it was fitting. Because they're custom, there are no refunds, of course. I bought them during a 20% off sale at Home Depot. Fortunately, another 20% off sale was going almost immediately after that one ended. Unfortunately, I didn't have the shades until the very end of the second promotion. As in, the last day of it, so when I went to install and found out it wouldn't fit, I felt pressured to order a replacement to save 20%. So at 11:fifty-something PM, I ordered a replacement, but it was "Silver Fox" instead of black, because I couldn't find the black on the website. It turns out I was in the blackout section instead of merely light-filtering, so besides the mis-matched color, the gray one is blackout, and the black one lets some light through. I've basically messed up in every way possible. Plus, there's another 20% off promotion going. I also found out Costco lets you buy Bali shades from them, and they had 10% off, but I don't know how their base price compares.

If I do replace one, I'll probably make the black one "Silver Fox" as well, so I can have the blackout. Most people reacted negatively to the two colors, but the hottest one said I should keep them mis-matched, so we'll see what happens. Ha ha.

And here's the Origami kitchen cart I got so I could have a place to set down groceries when I come down the stairs:



I'm still thinking carpet for the stairs, whatever is supposed to be the most durable. Dragging my feet on that because the stairwell still needs to be repainted, since it's been banged up a fair amount throughout the renovation, and I want the painting done before the carpet is installed just so I don't have to be as careful. Maybe I should get the rest of my furniture before painting, too? I still really like the idea of eventually making that stairwell a climbing wall, but that would be a lot of work redoing the walls with thick plywood to be able to support all of the handholds.

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