|If there is one way to throw a new light on your home, it's
through the stained glass you put in your windows. Whether
you want to enhance old windows by replacing some of the
panes, or are complementing the new Pella windows you've
installed, stained glass can lend an air of grace and quiet
elegance to a room.
Where and how you incorporate stained glass into a window
treatment depends a great deal on the style of windows you
have, and what you want to spend to achieve that multi-
In an older home that has wood framed windows with six or
nine panes, it's possible to take out the upper row of
glass, and replace those panes with new ones cut from older
stained glass that can be salvaged from yard sales, flea
markets and auctions.
New stained glass that is handmade, can be quite costly due
to the craftsmanship that goes into it. That's why cutting
old panels of stained glass is a cost-effective
alternative, that can give you several panes from one
sheet. Even if the glass has small cracks or separations
in the colored sections, they are easily repaired.
If you have installed a Pella casement window in your
kitchen, a semi-circle of stained glass framed and set into
the wall over top, will add jewel tones to the warmth of
morning sunlight. Or you might choose to replace the
entire bathroom window with stained glass, making it a
decorative way to preserve your privacy.
The old and the new can come together in harmony. Take a
look at your home and consider whether you'd like to warm
up the house with stained glass, or combine it with the
sophistication of new Pella windows. It's a pairing
guaranteed to create a unique new look.
About the author:
Sarah Peters works at home, and spends most of her free
time on various home improvement tasks. Over a few years,
she had all her house windows replaced. In this series of
articles, she shares her experience and advice.
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