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Antique stained- and leaded-glass windows can bring character and light into any renovation or building project. Here are a few tips for finding them:
-- Look for salvaged windows at businesses specializing in antiques, architectural salvage, and construction demolition.
-- Consult with a restoration specialist or artisan before cleaning stained glass, particularly pieces that feature painted-glass elements.
-- Remember that antique glass does not offer the protection of safety glass. Check with local code officials before using salvaged windows and doors as structural elements.
-- Consider using antique glass as a window treatment, such as a valance.
Once dingy, dirty, and leaning against the wall of a Paris flea market, this stained-glass window is now a brilliant focal point in a country French-style kitchen.
Stained-glass windows custom-made in Houston add color to this otherwise neutral master bath and invite light without surrendering privacy.
This sink window is made of stained glass that coordinates with the copper sink and concrete countertops.
This remodeled master bath features a stained-glass window that was removed from an original service hallway in another part of the home. The window offers privacy while filling the shower with light and a renewed Victorian spirit.
This leaded-glass front door is original to the Civil War-era house. Although the home went through a major renovation, the door was preserved.
Discarded stained-glass panels, installed as window valances, sparkle over the sink, carrying the floor's checkered pattern toward the ceiling.
Stained-glass windows, original to the master bath of this 1920s home, play a big role in the remodeled version and brighten a neutral color scheme. Sunlight bounces off reflective surfaces, creating jewel-like reflections on the shower door and vanity.
This 24-pane, stained-glass, awning-casement window pours light onto the staircase landing and offers a surprising and exciting breakaway from the home's Arts and Crafts styling.
The cooking alcove of this kitchen features four small windows with stained-glass panes. The windows are set into the tile, high on the wall, creating different lighting effects as the sun rises and lowers throughout the day.
A salvaged windowpane hung by chains in front of this master bath's existing window creates the effect of stained glass without a lot of work. Such solutions kept this bathroom remodel under $15,000.
Frosted windowpanes offer light, privacy, and the stylish look of stained glass all at the same time. A great do-it-yourself project, this look was created by adhering sheets of vellum paper to the glass. This project works best on divided windows such as those in a bathroom or on an entry door.
Two corners of this character-rich kitchen boast a leaded-glass window with a Tudor-style arch, adding instant period charm.
A leaded, art-glass window that illuminates the tub is one of the most striking elements in this master bath. One of three windows custom-made for the space, the window repeats the bedroom's palette of cream, white, and pale blue.
This kitchen's lone exterior window didn't provide enough light, so the homeowners added an interior window between the kitchen and adjoining family room. One blue diamond offers just enough detail to tie the window into the color scheme without sacrificing light.
These stained-glass windows, original to the home, influenced the color scheme in the remodeled master bath. The colors of the stained glass translate into more contemporary tile designs, including a glass mosaic pattern that trims the tub and wainscoting.