Ever since we moved into this house I’ve never been a big fan of the internal glass windows that separate the hallway and the living room. I can totally understand the reason for them being there as they do allow more light to flow into the hallway but I never saw them as a feature. I haven’t got many clear photo’s as I never seem to take photo’s of areas of the home that I don’t like (funnily enough!) But these give you a rough idea of what they looked like.
You can see the original colour and style here.
This is after I had applied a wood primer.
So the Hallway revamp happened quite quickly and I hadn’t even given the internal windows a second thought, I knew that I would paint them so I primed them with my all time favourite Zinsser primer. I couldn’t decide whether to paint them the same colour grey as the walls or paint them white like the rest of the woodwork just so that they blended in. Then I suddenly had the idea to paint them black and make more of a feature out of them, if I didn’t like them as they were then maybe making them pop would cure me! I went fumbling around in my left over paint supply and found a Little Greene oil based gloss which I had used on my kitchen tile makeover. I don’t often use gloss but I thought a more shiny finish would look good on these windows.
Excuse the poor quality photo, in all the excitement I totally forgot to take a photo so this is a cut from a video that I used on my Insta stories!
As soon as I had applied the 1st coat I loved them so much more. They reminded me of industrial style Crittall windows found in downtown Brooklyn, New York. This gave me the idea to use strips of wood and try to turn them into a Crittall effect style window. I wasn’t sure whether I was going to be able to pull this look off but once I get an idea in my head I have to at least try and make it work. So off I went to my local DIY store and came home with these 11mm strips of wood.
Bob the builder….. I can do this!
I measured the windows and cut the wood to size so that they were a tight enough fit just to slot into place without requiring any glue or nails. Each window was a slightly different size so this was trickier than I thought but I wouldn’t be defeated!! I then set about painting them.
Then to see if my plan actually works…..
It worked!!! I absolutely love how it has turned out and I think this is actually one of my favourite features in the house. It’s gone from being my most disliked to my favourite and all it took is a dose of creativity, some strips of wood and a few coats of paint! Here are some before and after shots.
What do you think? Do you have an area of your home that you totally disliked and have since transformed it into one of your favourites?
Thank you for reading and if you need any help with any projects in your home please get in contact. I would love to help.