Sunday, March 1, 2015

A Huge Pop of Color in the Dining Room!

Our dining room hutch is seven feet tall.  With our nine-and-a-half-foot-high ceilings on this level of the house, the top of the hutch looked naked.  I have tried arranging baskets, art, and assorted other things up there, and nothing looked right ... until I tried this ...



I have had this stained glass window for YEARS.  I bought it on Craigslist because I loved it and it was cheap, but without any idea of where or how to use it.  The color and finish you see is exactly how it was when I bought it.  Thought at one point about reworking the framing in the shack to use it there, but decided that I didn't want to subject it to the weather.  It has been stored in our basement, moving from spot to spot, as I schemed and plotted.

I showed it in the basement workshop THIS post from 2010.


At one time, it was upside down in the corner of our pool room, practically hidden behind all of this crap that I have since sifted through and dealt with.


It was a fit of weird inspiration that led me to bring it upstairs and try it on top of the hutch.  My husband and I agree that we love it.  With that decided, it was time to make it safe and secure up there.

I screwed three pieces of scrap 1 x 6 to the bottom of the window to make 'feet' as a base.  With the window in place on top of the hutch, I then screwed the feet into the top of the hutch.  This thing isn't going anywhere now!

The 'feet' screwed to the base of the window with two-inch screws, and I used 1 1/4 inch screws to attach it to the top of the hutch.


Eventually, I hope to add another thing or two up there with the window, to fill out the space and add some more interest.  For now, though, I think that it's close enough to perfect exactly the way it is.

15 comments:

  1. I love it! Always wonderful to find a use for a long-stored piece. I think a few blue and white saucers or bread plates would look great next to the window on the wall! Hope you're having a great weekend!

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  2. What a neat old piece. It looks great on top of the hutch. xo Diana

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  3. Love it, Connie! Bold colors bring happiness to a room. It looks great above that gorgeous hutch. ♥

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  4. Your stained glass window has found its home.

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  5. Beautiful! I always check out the stained glass windows in various antique stores. I haven't quite found the perfect one just yet. I would scoop this one up in a second!

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  6. You need a small light behind it! Looks great!

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  7. Awesome! It's just perfect there, Connie! A beautiful splash of springy color during these dreary winter days.

    xoxo laurie

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  8. I love it!!! I love the safety precautions you took with it, too!

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  9. It looks perfect! I also love stained glass.

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  10. I love this!!!! What a wonderful window and I love the color of the frame. It is so perfect for your dining room. I love stained glass and have several pieces.

    Have a great week ~ FlowerLady

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  11. It looks absolutely perfect there and adds some nice height, too!

    Shirley

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  12. Love it! What a wonderful, creative idea!

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  13. That is such a cool piece!
    Please don't tell me you got it for like $10--before people figured out to use CL like their items are Sotheby's-worthy....
    Catherine

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  14. Is there room for one of those Christmas window candles behind it? A little light behind it would be great atmosphere at night.

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