Angie -vs- The Living Room Wall

In the ongoing battle against theliving room wall,
I think the view is finally improving!

Exhibit A
This shelf/wall/thing was the divider
between the kitchen and the living room.
Kitchen cabinets are on the other side.
It was very glossy, stained, old pine wood.

In an attempt to bring it into the next
century, I painted it white.
While that made it more bearable,
and the shelves were handy
for displaying collectibles,
it just wasn’t cutting it.
Exhibit B

When we decided to start remodeling the kitchen,
the decision was made to tear it
out to get the look we wanted in the kitchen,
which meant we’d also be able to
make the living room side
look better at the same time.

Remember this window?


If you don’t remember, I got 18 of them
at an auction that was selling off the salvage
from a historic courthouse in Kahoka, MO
that was demolished.
I paid less than $20 for all of them.

I sold 10 of them, but I knew I wanted to do
something wonderful with the rest.

These windows are big – 53 x 53.
I’d really love to have one installed to replace
my living room window (which is small),
but that would be a J.O.B. and
the glass is old, so they wouldn’t be
energy efficient at all.
Still – I love the history they come with
and the aged look they have.
The chippy old hardware is wonderful!

begging my husband…more begging…a little foot stomping…

Getting my way…
{yes, I can be a little childish at times}
Exhibit C

It still isn’t finished, but I’m loving it.

I’m finishing up painting it right now
and deciding what to hang on the wall area.

The window allows a lot of light
to pass between the two rooms
and makes both rooms seem more open.
The glass cabinet doors above the wall
area were salvaged from the original
kitchen cabinets.  My husband installed
on them on the kitchen and the living
room side so I could use that space
to display favorite things.
He’ll be adding a light inside it also.

The wall part is actually the back of a “nook”
that my husband built for the refrigerator on
the other side.  Beneath the window
on the other side is a counter with bar stools
and cabinets underneath for storage.
My husband added an electric outlet
next to the counter so it’s a great place
to work at the computer.

The kitchen is a major project,
so it will still be a few months before
it’s finished, but I love what my
husband has accomplished so far.
He’s such a good sport really.
He pointed out to me once
that I have the easy part.
I raise my finger at auction,
he does the rest.

He made a 45 minute drive
to pick up these 18 windows for me,
built a shipping crate for the 10 I sold,
moved the remainder from our
old house to the new one,
put them in the garage,
got one back out of the garage
so I could decide how I liked it,
and then installed it.

Yeah…he’s a good guy.

The kitchen side involves another
reuse of  some “old junk” that I have.
He isn’t jumping up and down about,
but I think he’ll like it when it’s done.
It just takes him a while to warm up
to the ideas I have
{and the work that always involves}.

Hope your day is abundantly blessed!


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  1. Ohhh what a wonderful idea!! I love old windows! This is looking fantastic!! My grand would say your hubby is ‘a keeper’!!

  2. Reaallly like it! Very clever! And I agree with Jan about your hubby! 🙂

  3. Now that is what I call recycling.Looks amazing.You are lucky to have a handy guy.My Mr. is good with electronics not so good with hammers or saws.

  4. Wow, what an improvement! This looks great. And how lucky that your husband could make all of that a reality! Can’t wait to see the kitchen side.

  5. Those windows ARE huge, you weren’t kidding.

    When I read the post title Angie vs the wall, I knew it wasn’t looking good for the wall.


  6. Love how it opens up the area…great idea! as my husband would say…”aren’t you glad HE thought of it!”

  7. love!!
    you are so fortunate that your husband is so talented!!!!!

  8. I love windows on indoor walls. They remind me of my grandmother’s house. She had a window over her bed that looked into her enclosed front porch and it always seemed like a magical place to me.

    You are so lucky to have a husband that is willing and able to make your visions a reality. The wall looks awesome with the window and glass cabinet doors!

  9. Angie, I know it doesn’t feel like it to you, but you do seem to get projects going very fast and all are so unique. You are meant for old homes that need love, because you know how to give it. You married the right man too. Blessings.

  10. Wow, that really opened the space up and let light in, too! What a wonderful project!

  11. Turned out really cool ~ can I borrow your husband sometime – lol!

  12. Bold concept with a big pay off. Hope you made a killing on your window sales!

  13. Love the old window! And hubs is for sure a keeper!

  14. That is seriously awesome! I love all the light that comes through. You’re right, your husband is a pretty good guy to do all of that and I’ve had a few successful stomping fits myself!! Nice job!

  15. What a great idea. It looks great! thanks for sharing at my link party. I love your stuff!

  16. Bravo: interior widows rock!!! There is even a chapter in “A Pattern Language” 194. INTERIOR WINDOWS “. . at various places in the building, there are walls between rooms where windows would help the rooms to be more alive by creating more views of people and by letting extra light into the darkest corners…”

  17. Wow, what a great idea! It all looks so pretty and I’m loving the window.

  18. What a great idea and it lets more light in. Love it.


  19. Love what you did with the window and how it allows the light to flow into the room. Makes me want to go look for a wall to knock out!

  20. Wow, what an inspired idea! Thanks so much for linking up!

  21. What a wonderful way to display the old window!!! Love it!
    (aka design)

  22. Awesome, Angie! What an awesome window!!!! I’ll bet that it brought alot of light into that room, too! 🙂

    xoxo laurie

  23. Judging by the pictures, your walls look okay, Angie. What did they look like before? Maybe you can put up some pictures of how it looked before.

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