Or should the title be "how many irrelevant photos can I fit in one post about nothing". A singular mood, trying to get out of jobs, can you tell. Sat in bed this morning taking "shadow shots", some pics of the back of the cat's head because she wouldn't oblige and admiring finally finished and installed windows as the sun rose and flooded the room with light. I had to move the bed so we could access the windows easily and we've never looked from this position. Change of view is nice, but looking forward to moving back under the window.
The before was pretty disgusting, I hadn't cleaned much as the paint just pulled off as well, luckily hidden behind the fly screen and curtains.
Mr CH didn't need an excuse to buy himself a new toy - an impact driver ($99 Ryobi without the battery and charger) to remove the flat head nails that had been painted in place. I spent a few hours with a chisel and turps dipped rag, scrubbing someone else's glass painting efforts off. Last resort fine steel wool.
History of colour
As you can guess, these windows weren't original to the house. Pretty casement windows such as these were made in the 1930's-60's. These windows replaced the probably weather damaged sash windows on our north side, decades ago. More old-time recycling.
There was a bit of gluing, clamping and bogging in a attempt to save a very old window sill.
I decided from the start that I was going to re-use the hinges, stays and catch as there was nothing wrong with them and that was $60-$70+ I would rather spend on something else. No one sees this hardware except me, opening and shutting the window, and this doesn't bother me. They were given a scrub with fine steel wool. I broke the lock, so a dig in the goody-box found another brass one (removed from something else around here) a bit shiny but does the job.
There is nothing like pulling windows out in the second month of Autumn as motivation to finish the job. Two weeks out for the re-putty to "skin", the night were getting a bit chilly and the cat was trying to crawl under the covers.
Now I'll happily clean those windows.
So while I'm not joining in with Kylie and Donna's Retro and Vintage Home Styling linky party (too chicken), I think fresh flowers (swiped from Mum) do make a room a little more loved.
Happy anniversary Mr CH, I think this is the first time we've ever remember before the day.