So I call my landlord and ask for screens, and he responds so quickly! I was like, good job landlord! Until I get home and see that he has given us these:
What. the. fuck. is that?? They are only seven inches tall! Does he think we only need that much air? That we need small barriers to keep us from jumping out of the window? If he keeps giving us these half-assed solutions, we just might need that barrier. Whatever, they were probably just the cheapest screens at Home Depot. I don't want to fight him, since I'm trying to woo him into thinking I'm awesome enough that he should let me get a dog, so I had to come up with an alternate solution.
I went to the thrift store and bought a lace tablecloth for $2 and decided to make screens out of that instead. The lace is knit tight enough that it mimics a screen anyways.
Cut a square that is big enough to cover your window. As always on this blog, no need to measure perfectly, just make sure its big enough. We'll take care of the excess a bit later.
I'm so sorry, you never realize how dirty your windowsill is until you take pictures of it for a blog, I guess.
I tried a few methods to hold it up there, glue, thumbtacks, etc but found that a good old fashioned staple gun worked best. Pulling it taut, staple the perimeter of the lace. When everything is all tacked up, take a rotary cutter and just slice off the excess lace. See, this is why measuring is for squares.
The staple gunning was a bit tiring, because I did this when no one was home, so I had to use one hand to hold up the window and one to staple, but overall it was a pretty easy project. And now no creatures will be coming in my window to pick away at my flesh while I sleep (which was just one of many paranoid dreams I had on nights where it was just too warm to sleep with the windows closed.
What can I say, we picked this house for the view.
Okay, so I still need a mirror to prop the window open, but baby-steps.