|DIY Privacy Screen Project|
Living in California, we usually have mild weather. This year the weather has been a bit more extreme and very warm (over 90 degree days). So I had a need to filter the afternoon sun from my front room to help keep the heat down. Since putting a blanket over the window is unrealistic, I tried but it looked really tacky (see picture below). I realized I needed to make a screen or panel that was removable and inexpensive.
|The blanket looks too tacky.|
Since I have to buy books for school, my budget indicated that I needed to make it for under $20. So I decided to check out Ikea's clearance room and see if I could find something to make it with. I found a wooden closet frame (Sniglar) for $4.99 that would be fairly easy to convert into a panel to cover the window.
Then I went to the dollar store and purchased three straw beach mats for a total of $3.
Since I was changing the original design of the closet, I had to lay out the wood parts. Then I marked and drilled some new holes. Then I used the hardware included in the kit and put the frame together. It took about 8 minutes to assemble.
I stapled the straw beach mats onto the wood base, so they would stay on even during one of our local Santa Ana Wind storms.
Then I sprayed the finished frame piece with a protective finish to water proof it.
Here is the finished screen. It cost me less than $20 and I was able to make it in under 20 minutes (not counting the time it takes for the water proofing spray to dry). The added plus is that it looks a lot better than my original idea of just hanging a blanket over the window. Plus I can still open the window and I get the evening breeze without the heavy sunlight flowing in.
|Screen is behind the willow chairs that I made earlier this summer.|