Stained Glass Window

By Robert Robillard on Exterior Repairs

Re-purposing A Stained Glass Window

I love stained glass and stain glass windows.  I found and purchased this beautiful stain glass window at the Brimfield, MA fair.

I’m guessing the window was circa early 1900’s or maybe earlier.  Either way I bought it with the intention of making a frame for it and installing it in a dark hallway at my house.

Old Windows Mean Lead Paint:

I carefully removed all the lead paint by using a chemical stripper and cleaning it with denatured alcohol.  When the old paint was completely removed I then sanded and primed the sash.

I then repaired the putty around the sash frame.

I constructed a new frame and exterior window sill out of cedar.  Cedar is known for it’s inherent rot and insect resistance and a good choice for such a beautiful investment.

Protect Your Stained Glass Window

the stain glass window is single pane glass  and fairly fragile.

To protect the glass from weather and impact damage as well as create an insulating air space I decided it was best to install a protective layer of glass in front of it on the exterior side.

I ordered and installed an exterior storm panel by drilling four holes and installing stainless steel screws.

The new storm will increase energy efficiency by helping to reduce heat loss.

Trimming the Interior:

I decided to trim the interior of the window in an old entablature style:  using a large head casing.   The idea was to create an entablature detail that had a more period character and charm to the 1863 year old house.   Finish trim can make a big impact in a room with a small time and money investment.


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Robert Robillard

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Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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