Fit the bill…..

Steven and I are finally enjoying the empty nest syndrome!  All those events that your parents never told you were taking place after everyone left, are now in effect!  You know what I mean!  The lounging on the couch watching baseball on a hot evening in your undies, or enjoying intimate time together anywhere in the house you want kind of events.  Oh, don’t even try to deny it.  I think every couple looks forward to having some private, uninterrupted, uninhibited time to re-visit the fun they enjoyed before starting their families!

Our last child, our son Shamus, moved out in March this year.  We waited a little while before refurbishing his old room, not because we thought he’d be back.  No, he never makes rash decisions.  If he was ready to go, everything was in place and the time was right.  We waited because I was looking for a certain window covering.

The need for privacy was important, as this would be our guest room, but blocking out the natural light was not an option.  I love shutters, good old fashioned solid wood shutters.  Most of the ones we found were either too short, too tall, or hollow cored.  We new we would need to look at finding something we could alter to fit my needs.  It took months, but we found them at the “Restore” in town.

Restore is the Habitat for Humanities retail outlet.  The sell a multitude of items from old doors, kitchen cabinets, toilets,  left over tile to light fixtures and paint.  We found a pair of solid wood shutters, closet height.  There were slats on the upper portion of the shutters, then a break of solid wood, and more slats on the lower portion of the shutters.  We would be able to cut them at the break and end up with 2 full sets of window coverings!  The upper half would be perfect for the guest room window.

shutterbefore

There you go, the upper half of the door ready for paint.  This time I didn’t have to hand paint them.  Steven whipped out the spray rig and had them painted in minutes!

shutterlatch

Steven installed some simple hardware to hold the shutters closed when needed.

shuttersinstalled

Once installed, they were exactly what I was in search of!  The natural light still spilled over the top, but the occupant could still have privacy.

shuttersopen

Steven installed them so that they folded back flat to the walls out of the way.  I love them!  We even have another pair to use in another room.  The wait was worth it…… Cyn

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About designbycyn

Sonoma County, California ceramic enthusiasts Cyn and Steven Gradek have worked in the clay medium since 1996. They had a retail store where they held classes and provided the essentials for fellow ceramic enthusiasts. The business evolved into producing for other retail outlets and artist. Which quickly grew and they closed the retail storefront and concentrated on the wholesale business. With their 3 children raised and on their own, they had time to pursue their own creativity. Cyn learned how to embroider from her Grandma Cirner at a young age. After that she found sewing, cross stitching, crocheting, well you get the jist, LOL. She hasn't met a craft that she hasn't liked. Blogging was suggested by her youngest daughter, Colleen. At first it was a battle to get her to try it, but eventually Cyn started to enjoy the exercise. The blog on Cyn's website designbycyn.com was limiting, so Colleen got her started with Wordpress. Hope you enjoy her Adventures with Creativity!
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