Sunday, November 23, 2008

Weekend Warrior

Welcome to HGTV! Well...at least Deb's version of it for this weekend.

I have this problematic issue in my house...namely, the kitchen window that once looked out onto the back yard. An addition was put on the back of the house, off the kitchen, so now the kitchen looks out onto the added room instead of the back yard. So, what do you do with that??

Here's the view from the other side.

My son used the added room for a bedroom for awhile, so, during that time, I created this "portable" ceramic tile backsplash to give him privacy and to create a more aesthetic look.

Now that the room is vacant, I wanted to open it up, so I became a woman on a mission this weekend to create a different look. I came up with this idea to put a stained glass window in to give it kind of a dated but more attractive look. I took some stained glass lessons when I lived in South Dakota about five years ago, but haven't done anything since. So I did some on-line research and some shopping and started my project.

Here are the beginnings...

And after all the glass had been cut.

I went with a simple project on my first endeavor...no curves. I kind of like the traditional stained glass look, anyway.

So, here's how it turned out. I wanted to frame it out so that you don't see any of the real window frames...like it's the way it was meant to be. The picture doesn't do it justice...it actually turned out really well...especially when the light comes through and you can really see the colors.

I must have gone to Lowe's about 10 times this weekend. I'd go for something...get home...and, Damn!...needed to go back for something else. Thank God it's only about three blocks from my house. The whole project turned out to be a lot more complicated than I thought it was going to be, but I think it was worth it. It's still a window into another room, but it looks better than it used to.

I passed by this rug about 5 times during my trips to Lowe's. At $14.99, I almost bought it several times. On my last trip, it was marked down to $7.50. Oh, yeah...there's a sale. New window...new rug.

Now I need to think about doing a stained glass of this:


8 comments:

couzin frank said...

Deb very creative!

Life's a Beach! said...

Wow Deb! I'm impressed! Very creative and cool.

Islaholic Trixie said...

Your window looks exactly like the one we had in our last house. Wish I would have thought to do something so creative!! I had always wondered what I should do with the window. You created such a beautiful opening!!

Jamqueen said...

Looks great! Very talented. We have a window like that & I just put a curtain over it. Love the rug!

Vee said...

I love stained glass, Deb. You had the perfect idea. The window looks terrific!

Isla Deb said...

Thanks, all! Now that I've gotten my feet wet, I'm anxious to try some of my Isla photos with stained glass. All the colors will lend itself well to it.

Islagringo said...

Nice job!

gil garcia said...

Boy are you hooked! Nice work. I like the Frieda pic. I'm glad you moved the garbage can too!
gg