The Name is BungleHome
I had my first real heartbreak from a careless mistake (bungle) on our then-soon-to-be Home two weekends ago, albeit a really small one. This was the last day on which to work on it prior to our moving in, and all was looking sweet. Whilst re-establishing the threshold (re: new floor), I had to continuously remove and re-mount the beautiful (original) front door to make sure it would fit ‘swell’. Upon the last re-mount, fatigued, late in the day/night, I broke one of the 8 mini-windows as I tilted it off the saw –horses. The end of the saw-horse went “kra’tinkle” right through. Sure, I can say that the door was too heavy to stop on its way down, or that it slipped out of my grip as sweat beads ran down my fatigued arms, but to be truthful, I just wasn’t as careful as I should have been.
Now, our house is left with a gap-toothed grin on it’s pretty visage. I realize that this is a minor thing, and there are no other windows smaller than these 5”x5” squares, still, the error felt devastating. Perhaps because this moment was marking the last I would be able to work on the house prior to our moving in. The remainder of my time must be spent in packing and moving, and (almost) all other house issues must remain as-is until we inhabit it. Quite the welcome, wouldn’t you agree? Newly laid floors, freshly painted walls and ceilings (mostly) and wood trim and paneling paint-free, and a taped-up window staring back at us.
Well, you know what they say about being served lemons? Boil’em, mash’em, stick’em in a pot…no, wait, that’s ‘taters. Well, anyways, wethinks we may take this opportunity to our advantage and perform a little pimping upon said door. The glass is not from a fourcault or similar process where it has a slight variation in its surface (as in its looking “antique”), and could indistinguishably be replaced. Nor is it a thicker beveled leaded glass. It is completely common, and therefore calls for its replacement(s) to be uncommon.
Now, nice thickly beveled glass would be a fine replacement for this door, but it is seemly difficult to locate. Stained/patterned glass is not, however. And I suppose there is something to be said for color coordination. This one is an orange with yellow mist and has a iridescent surface. It is probabally the closest to how we intend to paint the walls in the living/dining room. We will paint them in some sort of textured/mottled pattern, albeit not quite so loud as you see here. The ceilings are already a softened yellow. and the little bit of plaster wall we have left will be painted an orange/marigold-ish texture.
We could instead compliment it with a blue toned glazing, like the cobalt or light azure/sky. These in particular do not look transparent/transluscent, however. We like colors, but don't want to look garish (is that word a derivitive of gauche?).
Another option is this "raindrop" textured glass, which from the outside might look like it's all hot-n-steamy inside.