Adding a Stained Glass Window
This week we will be showing how Adding a Stained Glass Window can add privacy to a bathroom window.
Hi everyone, I have a really fun little DIY this week I am so excited to share with everyone. After much decision making over whether to add a permanent stain glass window to our on suite bathroom, we opted to go with these lovely vintage reclaimed window hangings. So today I am sharing how I went about adding a stained glass window above my garden tub.These days most homes have beautiful picture windows installed above garden tubs, which architecturally speaking are beautiful. However, in the day to day life of a neighborhood setting, this can hold a few challenges as homes are being built next to each other, and builders do not take into account “oh these people might have direct views into each others homes” LOL!
While a lot of homeowners choose to install permanent stained glass windows; here are a few thing you might want to keep in mind when doing so:
- Stain Glass is an investment and forever, so choosing a piece can be overwhelming since it would be forever.
- The custom build time and installation is not quick.
- You can not easily change out the window if it no longer goes with your decor down the road, so choose wisely.
These were a few of the reasons why I opted to go with hanging some vintage windows instead. This option will allow me to change out the windows at a later date, if I find that I have grown tired of the pattern or coloration, or if I choose to take my investments with me upon moving later on.
The way we added in the vintage framed windows was very simple, we added a chain from the top of the window frame which is actually hidden by our custom built cornice, seen in a previous post here: How to Build a Custom Cornice. The cornice also hides our wood blinds during the day, which are used at night for additional privacy.I will say that the colors of the glass in the vintage window, were not exactly my favorite. I am not exactly a red, rust and yellow tone gal, but I have looked into actually glass painting the glass tiles. Yes, that is an option with a semi transparent glass paint. However, I am still on the fence about painting vintage pieces of glass, verses just accepting, and loving the original colors of them, which is just an internal battle for me at this point; so I will keep you up to date as I live with these windows moving forward.
Honestly, what I fell in love with was the beautiful watermarked glass, and the Frank Lloyd Wright craftsman style of the ironwork on these windows, not the actual coloration. Even though the glass coloration is true to the 1940’s prairie and craftsman style of these windows. As with most vintage antiques you will find you do not always love all aspects of the pieces and you have to find a middle ground between authentic and aesthetic, which is where I currently find myself.Overall I love how I can still get a ton of light through this window during the daylight hours, but now I have a nice obscured view thanks in part to the vintage water glass and iron work. Also I am not completely locked into a fixed window forever but the overall effect appears to look as if I had a custom window installed into my bathroom space.