Skip to main content

When Life Gives You a Broken Window...

Our home is pretty old, built in 1903, which is one of the main features that attracted us. We wanted something with history and character. Having an older home though, also means there is almost always something to fix. Lucky for us we've only run into a couple major must do projects, like the bathroom which we had to gut and rebuild a couple summers back, or the exterior of our home which we're hoping to repair and repaint before the end of next summer. There have been, however, tons of little things and lots of "minor" (stripping wallpaper never feels minor) cosmetic repairs. Therefore, when one of our kids sent a superball through our glass-paned storm door, both Jeremy and I were a little exasperated. 

door before the superball incident. 

The more we thought about it though, we realized we never really liked the door in the first place. The paneled glass blocked the view of our pretty front door and I was always having to clean nose, lip, and finger prints off it - see above picture. So we decided instead of replacing the glass we'd just remove the whole panel and put in a screen. 



For us it's been an improvement. We obviously still need to repaint the door but we like the look of the screen better. We also like that it allows us to open the house up to the porch/outside more. 

Once the panel was out, I also had an idea of how to better use it. Jeremy took out several more of the glass panes and cut some new panes out of scrap wood. I then put the kids to work on covering them in chalk board paint. 


Jeremy secured the new chalkboard panes, I hung up a bit of string, and we had a fun new piece to hang above our bed. 



I never thought I'd be happy about a broken window. But I don't think either one of these changes would have happened if it wasn't for that accidental throw. The last month has been full of beautiful fall days - perfect for open doors and windows. And every time I walk into our bedroom I can't help but smile at our new "art".

Looking for more creative home ideas? Check out these great link parities: Transformation ThursdayInspiration ExchangeWeekly CreativeShow & Tell SaturdayShare Your Creativity,  & Sunday Life Party.

Comments

  1. I'm enjoying visiting your blog. You have some great, creative ideas. Love your old home!

    ReplyDelete
  2. That is quite a silver lining. Having a screen there can help with air circulation during those hot days, without letting bugs and other foreign things get into your home. And I really like what you did with the panels afterwards. Maybe you can put a big family photo in one of those blank panels, and a wedding pic on the other fill up the space.

    Maricela

    ReplyDelete
  3. When life gives you broken windows, take it as an opportunity to look for a new one. If it weren’t for the superball that broke it, you wouldn’t realize you disliked that glass door in the first place. And a broken glass for an art panel? Who would have thought? =) Roosevelt Franklin @ Clear Choice Windows and More

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment - you make me smile :)

Popular posts from this blog

Paint Chip Word Families

We haven't been doing a ton of school work this summer but we have tried to fit in a little reading practice everyday. We are currently working our way through Bob Books and The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading - I  highly recommend both. I saw this idea for paint chip word families on Pinterest several months ago and knew it would be one we'd have to try. I changed it up a little bit so that the the strips pulled through the word family cards.  

My supplies: large white paint chips, various colors of paint chips, sharpie, scissors, and an x-acto knife
 Step 1: Because my colored paint chips were so wide I folded and cut them in half.

Step 2: In the center of the white paint-chip, use the x-acto knife to cut two openings, at the top and bottom of the white square, the width of the color strip. 

Step 3: Use the sharpie to write letters on paint chips (a list of word families can be found here
Step 4: Pull strip through word family card 

 Step 5: Have fun readi…

A Visit to Nashville

Last weekend Jeremy and I took a quick trip to Nashville. We left the kids at home with Maca so it was a great mini vacation. We took overnight Mega buses there and back which was perfect except for one young man who needed convincing that, despite how expensive his headphones were, or how amazing his jams may be, nobody else wants to hear them at 2am. I may have not handle that situation in the most graceful manner. 
We got to Nashville Friday morning and after cleaning up a bit we went to Marche's in East Nashville for brunch and then explored the downtown. 

Friday night we had some crazy good food at an acclaimed local restaurant City House - the building is also very impressive. 

Saturday morning was my favorite part of the whole trip. Our friend Joni took us to a hiking trail where we marveled at Tennessee's beauty and enjoyed the almost 70 degree weather. 




The rest of Saturday was spent exploring Nashville neighborhoods and indulging in a bit of shopping and delicious f…

Preschool Syllabus: Dr. Seuss

Normally I'd do a Dr. Seuss unit in March around his birthday. We had to do one now though because on Saturday Big Buddy and I going on a date to a Dr. Seuss exhibit. The exhibit is only at the museum until January and I'm afraid if we don't go now we might not get the chance.

We are of course reading lots of Dr. Seuss's books. A great advatage to studying Dr. Seuss in November rather than March is that all his books were available at the library. I also found a great children's biography which is perfect for preschoolers.


 We've read it a couple times and Big Buddy loves reciting all the facts he's learned


WRITING CENTER ADDITIONS


LEARNING "TRAYS" -I rotate these, setting out about four a day from which the boy's can choose.