Sunday, August 3, 2014

Interior Window in Kitchen & Dining Room Wall


I installed this awesome window between the old pass thru which existed between the kitchen and dining room.  I found this window on close out for $50 at a local home improvement store.  I had no idea what I was going to do with it but I knew that I could not pass up such a sweet deal!  Here are updated pictures of my ALMOST finished kitchen - cannot wait for it to be complete!










The old pass thru  - just sort of an oddity and it became a place to hand stemware glasses.


These are pictures of the original large pass thru.  It was nice and functional but it was always sort of a strange design choice.


Little did I know that if - on a whim - I held the circle window up that it would fit and could fit perfectly.  I was excited about how it could look!


Years ago, before the internet, before Pinterest,  I used to clip pictures from magazines and catalogs which were intriguing to me with regards to home interiors.  Some I have had since I was a teenager and I still love them after all these years.  I recently came across this picture which, interestingly, I also found on the internet.  It was the interior window placed between a dining room and kitchen for interest and light.  After all these years, this design vision is becoming a reality in MY house!  Pretty cool.


So using some very bright neon poster board for a template - LOL - I measured it out, cut some drywall and two by fours and secured the window in place.





 This is how it looks from the dining room side - it adds a beautiful contrast to the deep navy wall.  It still needs to be spackled and sanded but one room at a time.  :-)


Almost ready to be installed - can't wait to see how it looks!  Fingers crossed that it would fit!  It did!


It was quite tricky cutting the ledger stone to fit around it.  I simply took my time and did it right.


Starting to be able to envision the final product - it was going to look better than I hoped it would.


And the final product - I absolutely love it!  It still allows light to pass thru but adds a touch of elegance to the pass thru.  I'm so glad I hung onto that picture from a magazine all those years.  :-)

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19 comments:

  1. Hi there! I've been stalking your kitchen countertop makeover, and I'm still hesitating doing my own. Your kitchen is beautiful and is an inspiration to me. Keep being awesome! :)

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  2. Hi Jessie! Thanks for stopping by! You are too sweet - don't hesitate - you'll love it! ;-)

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  3. Brilliant! It's wonderful to see something you've envisioned your whole life come to life in your home. Love your blog - thanks for the inspiration!

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  4. OH your kitchen is so lovely. I wish I had run across this site before I tackled my kitchen. Your ideas are
    so refreshing and elegant. I am in love with that round window. You are a very talented lady.

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  5. This looks amazing! I also loved your DIY "granite" countertops post from 2011; that's how I found your site!

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  6. Love your ideas! What is the paint color you used in your kitchen? I love it!

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  7. This looks amazing, what did you use for the stone backsplash? Is it airstone at Lowes or something different?

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  8. The stone is real stone called Beachwalk ledger stone. But I have heard great things about the airstone as well. You can find the ledger stone in most home improvement centers.

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  9. Awesome Job! You're a very talented and inspirational woman! I've been living with my hunter green counter tops for 16 years. When we first bought the house I didn't mind the color, then the color started to wear out with me. I researched DIY counter tops, but didn't have the nerve to do it. Your method and break down makes it easier to follow and convincing that I can do it. I have only one question. From start to finish, how long did it take to complete. Would like to give my husband a heads up for the time the kitchen would be upside down. Congrats to you on a fantastic job, well done!!!

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    1. Another question, you have a large amount of counter top, did you spread the envirotex by yourself, or did you have someone to help spread it before it starts to dry? This is the only part that makes me nervous, that I won't be able to spread it quickly enough. Also did you prepare all three boxes of the envirotex at one time or made more up as you needed it?

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    2. Another question, you have a large amount of counter top, did you spread the envirotex by yourself, or did you have someone to help spread it before it starts to dry? This is the only part that makes me nervous, that I won't be able to spread it quickly enough. Also did you prepare all three boxes of the envirotex at one time or made more up as you needed it?

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    3. Another question, you have a large amount of counters, did you spread the envirotex by yourself, or did you have someone to help spread it before it starts to dry? This is the only part that makes me nervous, that I won't be able to spread it quickly enough. Also did you prepare all three boxes of the envirotex at one time or as you required more?

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    4. Another question, you have a large amount of counters, did you spread the envirotex by yourself, or did you have someone to help spread it before it starts to dry? This is the only part that makes me nervous, that I won't be able to spread it quickly enough. Also did you prepare all three boxes of the envirotex at one time or as you required more?

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    5. Thank you - you totally can do it and you will be blown away by the result and the difference it makes in your home. It took only a day to get them all painted up and glittered. The oil based paint was just what I had but ANY paint will work. Once you get it painted like you want, all that is left to do is the acrylic. You only prepare one box at a time. You have to use it pretty quickly. For the smaller countertops, I did it all myself. For the one larger countertop, my sister was there to help. If you have one large counter which turns and such, it would be better to have a second person. Pour and spread one box while the other person is mixing the next one and then you can both spread. You have to resist over spreading - let it settle and do the work. Just get down counter level to see if any spaces are thin or uncovered. After that - they just need to dry. Do it in the morning and then go out for the day. I did it late at night and then let it dry overnight. I would let it dry at least 36 hours to avoid marks and scratches. Good luck. If you have any more questions, do not hesitate to ask. :-)

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  10. I love you kitchen.....I am new at this DIYing.....was force into it....So called Contractor/Painter/Family Member suggested I let him paint my home...Oh Why sure...Lets just say he shouldnt NEVER in his life use a paint brush...He Painted the floors....furniture....the dog...etc...just ruined my home...I spent good money on paint...and he was clueless....OK let me stop before I have a panic attack.....BREATHeeee.....Anyway I have those ugly green counter tops and had to have my cabinets raised in order to get gas....switch from an electric stove anyway I have 2 inches all around under my cabinets.....bad part I have that FORMICA all the way up the wall as back splash----I know you said its easy....but I'm still a newbie.....Is it really really EASY? I have learned a lot and I have the drive----Loving it...but I'm so nervous.....Your kitchen is beautiful---I know I'm going to do this.....

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    1. Yes - it really is easy! Anyone can do it - just take your time and it will turn out beautifully!

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