Frank Lloyd Wright Quote

"Form follows function-that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union"

Frank Lloyd Wright

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Window Progress

I spent every free minute of the weekend working on the kitchen windows and I'm still only half way done. I'm starting to see why people just paint them shut! Properly prepping and painting these old double hung windows is very time consuming and really tests one's desire to do a good job. Bear in mind that the first step in this kitchen remodel was to have these "restored". The restoration process only gets them back into original working order; I still have to paint them myself. Oh well, it will all be worth it when they're done.

Of course I couldn't just paint the inside. I had to go ahead and take the sashes out so I could prime the outsides as well. This is where the restoration really paid off; they were very easy to disassemble. I'm also going to install some bronze weatherstripping as well. I'll do a write-up on that later this week.


  1. It's looking great. I love the lights you have hanging above the sink. Where did you get them?

  2. Those are from Pottery Barn. I got them 2 years ago so I don't know if they still sell them or not.

  3. I got my Pottery Barn catalog today and I see they still sell the lights: "Porter Pendants", mine are the small size with white ceramic shades.

  4. I don't know if you've tried this, but I'd reccommend using a heat gun to strip the pained parts of your windowss to reveal the wood for priming. I just used my heat gun for the first time yesterday on an old window sash, an I was amazed by how easy it was to prep the window for painting. It was great to get down to the original wood and I assume that, once I repaint, the windows will open better than before when all of the layers of paint were making the sashes stick together.

  5. Fargo,

    I had a guy restore these windows and he did use a heat gun to strip them. Even so, there's a ton of work taping, sanding, priming, sanding, painting, etc. to get them finished.