One thing we do battle with is this window. This window is the main window in the family room where we do spend most of our time. The afternoon sun comes through this window making it so hot even with the blinds down. I have been considering buying a bamboo shade for the outside, but to be honest with you I haven’t had much luck with bamboo shades in the past and I really don’t care for the plastic ones.
So this was our other option… and I am so glad we did it.
This is what and how we solved this problem
It starts with
2-10′ rain gutters
50 lb All-Purpose Cord (Mildew & Rot Resistant)
2 3-1/2″ Screw Eye with 5/16″ tread
Each 10′ gutter was cut to 5′ lengths
Then measured 18 inches from each end and 2 inches across for cord placement.
Drainage holes were drilled all along the bottom of the gutters.
Supports end caps (not shown) were added
Each gutter was spray painted with Rust-oleum Ultra Cover that bonds with plastic
Colors used were Sage Green and Fossil
2 of the gutters were painted with Sage Green and the other 2 were painted Fossil
After painting the gutters let them completely dry
How to Hang the Gutters
Next after measuring for placement for the Screw Eyes, holes were drilled, eye screws were screwed in and cording was added.
Tread cord from the inside and out the bottom, add washer and tie cord in a knot. This was done for each gutter after measuring 12 inches down and then repeated for the rest of the gutters.
Once the gutters were hung in order to straighten the gutters out, notches were made in the supports with dremel. Each cord was placed in the notches. To be sure they stayed a small amount of gorilla glue was added
How to arrange flowers in gutters
I use Miracle-Gro Moisture Control since this area gets a lot of sun and and it absorbs 33 percent more water.
Flowers and plants Used:
Pick 2 kinds of flowers
1 flat of English ivy
Add soil to each gutter
Place the color pack of Verbena leaving enough room to add the tallest flowers in between.
(Normally I would plant the tallest flower first, but I wanted to alternate the colors of the verbena’s since my tallest was one color).
Then to finish it off add Tailing plants (English Ivy) at the ends and in between the flowers
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