Saturday, October 05, 2013

Window project...

(window before)

*Weather Alert:  We had 12+" of snow fall yesterday and overnight.  The mountains had over 40" of snow.  The poor trees are greatly bowed and broken with snow heavy on their branches -- still in leaf.  Today will be spent checking on livestock and feeding since grazing is buried.  Now back to your regularly scheduled blog post.

Back in January of 2012 my hubby, dad and sons helped refurbish my 1990s kitchen.  This was how it looked when it was done and the wooden window, which I love, always looked a bit out of place to me.  I tried lots of window dressings, but it always seemed to just stick out like a cow on a city street.  Note the florescent lighting above.  It's very dated, I know.  It was honey oak.  I really didn't want to rip it out and do something totally different because quite honestly, I love the light it provides in my kitchen -- no shadows and lots of light. I thought painting it the same color as the ceiling would disguise it, and it did help.  Then one day my CarpenterSon said, "Mom, have you ever thought about painting the grids in the light black?"  That got me to thinking and imagining.  The next day I painted.  I loved it.  It got me to thinking about that window.  I figured if I liked the light grids painted black, I might like the window grids black too.  I saw this photo (below) on Pinterest and loved it and imagined it in my own kitchen.  Then I did it.  I painted my window.

( After -- window and florescent light)


I'm pleased.  I have another large picture window with the same grids by the dining table.  I am considering the same treatment for it, but it's too late in the year to paint it.  The temperatures have to be warm enough to really make the paint dry hard and dry well.  So in the meantime, I'll just think about it and live with the small, happy progress I made.  I found a quote from Nesting Place today that I really love.

We find rest in the incompleteness of the present moment 
as we learn to recognize the goodness of what is, 
and as we trust that what is needed for the future will be added at the proper time.

~Sally Breedlove  Choosing Rest


  1. It looks so good! Smart!
    You'll spend lots of time in the kitchen making hot soups and good bread now that the weather is turning. Stay warm, Jody-friend!

  2. It looks terrific! Your kitchen is light and oh so welcoming!


  3. Wow! It looks great! I also love the shelves you added and your new light fixture:) I'm with you -- there are so many things to be done, but I have to enjoy the little progresses I make along the way.

  4. Love that window painted! It really looks fabulous!
    Love that quote, too. I think I'll copy and paste it...

  5. Wow! I would never have thought of doing that, it looks great! The quote is fab too, thanks for sharing. Whereabouts (roughly) do you live to have so much snow?? Keep warm dear friend! xxx

  6. I love your window! I like your kitchen too and I love those red chairs.
    It looks like a nice kitchen to work in.

  7. Oh my goodness, I can't believe the difference this makes- and I liked the before as well! Well done, extremely insightful carpenter Son!! Also can't believe the snow- hope all is cosy and well xx

  8. That makes such a huge difference. I like it! It looks clean and fresh and ties in so well with the rest of your kitchen. I don't think I would have ever thought of the black, either. Genius! Haha

  9. I love it!

    Hope your trees aren't too damaged with that early snow.

  10. Amazing how it makes the window seem bigger, and draws the eye outdoors instead of to the frame... I wonder if this is connected to the principle that we learned long ago when we had an inexpensive mesh fence installed around our pool: that if we chose the black version, it would be less conspicuous than the white.
    It may seem to you to be a small bit of progress - but it's quite dramatic!

  11. It's very beautiful!! What a terrific idea to paint the frames black, and you had the insight to paint the larger wood window frames white so that the black around the windows just "pops". It makes your whole kitchen look modern and updated. I can just imagine the beautiful reds and greens of Christmas peeking around the kitchen spaces, or the warm browns of autumn decorations this fall and winter. Thanks for sharing these!

    - Ruth in NC

  12. Very nice! And snow? Very pretty but I'm glad we have a little more time before we'll see any here. Our leaves are just now starting to turn!

  13. Like the new look...I liked the old one too....change is good!

  14. I remember you sharing about the makeover in your kitchen earlier in the year and thinking how organised you are with the contents of your cupboards. Painting the window frame white and the light grids black is very creative and looks good. I like the quote as it resonates with me. I hope you continue to stay safe as you deal with the animals during the inclement weather.

  15. Oh Wow Jody -- it looks great! Smart Son!!!

  16. I really love it Jody. It gives your kitchen a clean look and makes the window pop out at the same time. Good call xox Clarice


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