Friday, February 02, 2007

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.


At February 02, 2007 9:30 PM, Blogger 1OldHouse said...

Besides fixing up my old house I sew for a hobby - you be surprised how often a screw up becomes a "design feature" to hide it. Cool that you are able to make some of it.

Looking forward to following your blog - I live in Vallejo too.

At February 03, 2007 7:10 PM, Blogger merideth said...

aw bummer! i know that was frustrating. in our front door, which actually looks similar to yours, we have a kind of modified "reeded" glass. while i really dig the glass itself, i don't like that i can't look out the window and clearly see who's at the door. that might not but you but i thought i'd throw it out just in case.

At February 05, 2007 9:17 AM, Blogger Oblio70 said...

1oldhouse- thank you for the encoursgement!

Merideth- touché...this is not something we had actually considered, although there is a window just to the side of the door, still...We are now in the process of procuring the beveled leaded glass inserts. Hopefully this will lend an aire of sophistication as well as does one say...'peek-a-boo' you speak of. Much better than mashing ones face to the obscured glass to see whom lies beyond, or the more obvious "I'm looking at you before I even think about opening the door" sideways-peek.

At February 05, 2007 11:24 AM, Anonymous davidLBC said...

My local glass shop was able to fabricate a custom beveled glass mirror for my medicine cabinet. They cut the mirror to size and sent it out to a subcontractor for grinding and polishing. It was 3 times the cost with the bevel, but still pretty cheap. I also like supporting a local small business. A shop in Vallejo could do the same for your door using ordinary (thick) plate glass. I don't see why it should be leaded.

At February 05, 2007 12:11 PM, Blogger Oblio70 said...

davidlbc- I agree, there is no particular reason for it to be leaded glass. I will see about having it custom beveled locally as a posibility. Thanks for the suggestion.


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