It’s all about the Attitude
I told you we have several ‘interior windows’ in our former house and I wasn’t kidding. Here is another example of an interior window.
The story of this interior window is I bought just the antique patterned glass, no frame, just glass, at a garage sale for super cheap, less than $5. It was from an old window, but the frame was gone. Fortunately they had the wisdom to save the glass.
Then I held onto it for a few years, actually moving it with us from one house to another, along with several antique doors I rescued from a dumpster, I’ll show you more of the other doors in a later posting. Back to the window, I now found a permanent home for it when we moved into this house. This door leads into a pantry closet that we built soon after we moved in.
Previously on this wall there was nothing but a long, flat wall that went the entire width of the kitchen and the living room. (If I can figure out scanning the old photos from when we first moved in, when I post about these rooms I’ll show you before and after pictures that will hardly look like the same house!) I needed more storage for large items like roasters, etc, and wanted to break up the living room space from the kitchen just slightly, creating a visual break, allowing me to do different wall treatments in each room, but not blocking off the open floor plan feel of the space.
The carpenter built out this pantry closet, and since he was starting from scratch, he could fit exactly the odd size of the door, by hand building the frame for it and add the window transom above it. Even though the glass was just a little wider than the door, he fit the trim around it to make it appear it was the same size. (we were a little nervous about trying to cut down the antique glass, I was afraid it might shatter, so this was a very easy compromise.) The great attitudes of carpenters I’ve worked with and their problem solving abilities is an extreme benefit to any project. It can totally take a project from seeming very stressful to a fun, fulfilling adventure. Attitude is huge!
This shows the kitchen side of the pantry closet with a beadboard detail on the kitchen side.
I love this closet for its function-ability and for how much this simple little area has added amazing charm and detail to the space.
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