Did you have a fun weekend?
I apologize for not sharing the barn party pictures yesterday, but the Muscadine Cobbler couldn’t wait, y’all. The barn party was planned as the topic for today, but we had something else going on this weekend…and I was torn. Jewelry today, or barn party today? As you can see, home jewelry won.
Have you heard that stained glass is the jewelry of your home?
I’d not heard it before a few days ago.
Now that we have this home jewelry (thank you, HH!), I think I have to agree.
Do you remember my friend, Muscadine Margaret? She’s our local stained glass artist, and she does beautiful work. Don’t you agree?
You may be wondering where this whole idea came from – this door.
Over a year ago, I bought an antique door that I wanted to transform into a swinging door that goes from the kitchen into the hallway that connects with the dining room. My grandparents had one, and all of us grandchildren played with it. Constantly. (We must have been a real pain!) We thought it was SO cool!
Did you have a swinging door in your childhood? Memories….
In a few days, I’ll share the whole process that I jinxed (in my excitement) last year when I mentioned the door far too prematurely in a post! It needed work – mouse-hole and all! Won’t that be fun to talk about? (Eek!)
Here is the door before, while it was still in the place of transition, waiting for a new home during September or October last year. (It didn’t stay there long, because I quickly arrived with HH’s truck to haul it home.)
I’ve mentioned before the place called Building Blocks in Tupelo, MS. Those of you that live nearby must visit this place – and often so you catch the good stuff. It’s located next to Room To Room Furniture on Cliff Goukin Boulevard. They take renovation tear-outs (junk, to some people) and sell them cheap to raise funding for The Learning Center. This heavy, solid oak door at $25 was a bargain, well-made in its day (like most things made back in the day).
The opposite side of the door was painted white and banged up a good bit. After cleaning the door, the wood side was gorgeous! I badly wanted the entire door to be wood, but if one side was painted, it needed to be the kitchen side. With the direction required for the door to swing properly in the space, the painted side was on the wrong side of the door – the hallway side. Ugh! Things can never be easy, it seems.
After laboring many hours, the white paint would not come off. The door was originally painted in a raw wood state, and the paint was in the wood-grain. I finally settled on painting the entire thing, for an all-white door. It’s OK, though. I’ve
accepted it (sort of). I do love it with our white trim.
The hallway is pretty dark when the door is closed, so it’s probably best painted white on both sides.
The colors appear to be different shades from pane to pane where the light shines directly or indirectly through. That’s one of the interesting things about stained glass – the way the light provides color variations.
As far as design, I spent time on line looking at ideas. There are so many styles, from ornate to straight-lined, multi-colored to no colors (called leaded). Everything I liked was in the Victorian category. Margaret helped me create this from two different patterns. At the beginning, I wanted the center pane to have an “H” for our last name – a surprise for HH. With three window panes, I decided the symmetry of identical panes would be less busy – more pleasing to the eye. I didn’t want the initial to be in all three panes, so I X’d that idea.
Margaret’s shop is filled with all different colors and types of glass to choose from. I took my kitchen valance fabric scrap to select colors that would coordinate well with the space. We wanted some clear areas to see when someone was coming through – to avoid collisions. The antique-styled clear bubble glass allows just enough transparency, and it’s interesting. Along with the bubbled glass, we chose a combination of wavy, smooth, swirled, and ridged. Who knew there were so many choices?
Update: Here are the barn party pictures – what we did with our tables (scandalous!), seating, dance area, etc. I hope to see y’all there. 🙂
An additional update: Click the titles of my follow-up posts about this door transformation to see those details.
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