Leaded glass windows

I have a huge weakness for leaded glass windows. I love the look. When I discovered this product I KNEW I had to try it out. And I had the PERFECT window.

This is our plain and boring kitchen window. Too new to replace. Too old to be pretty.

When we renovated our kitchen, I was unsure what sort of treatment I wanted. I’m not worried about privacy (since we look at a brick wall), but I didn’t want to lose light. As soon as I saw this I knew it was the window treatment for me. I ordered two packs of self adhesive lead strips and while I wanted for them to arrive, I started searching online for design templates. Of course, there was nothing ready made for my window size, just design ideas.

I cut newspaper to the size of one slider window and found the centre. Then, using my mad math skills, I measured out a cathedral pattern to fit my template. I taped it to the back side of the window.

This is the hard part. Peel and stick the lead strips. Remove the template and put it behind slider window number two and repeat. Seriously, that’s as hard as it gets.

Up close


This updated older window is now one of my favourites!


It’s Almost Done!

Yes, I know, Makeover Monday has failed to post according to the regular schedule. No, I haven’t stopped this popular category of Glorious Surrender. I am waiting for the BIG REVEAL.

You might recall the original kitchen in our house.



We worked hard to turn this lemon into lemonade through the miracles of chalk paint and “tile” stickers. This transformation lasted a few years.


We would have kept its simple update had the insides of the cabinetry been in good shape.  The interior of the lowers were mostly rotted from water damage. We never dreamed we would ever be able to replace the entire kitchen, but when offered an amazing deal on new cabinets – we called in back-up.


So stayed tuned for a Makeover Monday Vlog post showing the reno in fast forward, taking you from demo to decorated.





$50 Dining Room Table

Our old table wasn’t a great fit of our new(er) house. I’ve been on the look out for a great deal on a round table. I found this little beauty on kijiji for $50.


I sanded it, and the two leaves that came with the table, down to bare wood.

I stained the table top walnut to match the other finishes in our open concept main floor. Isn’t it great when you have leftover product from previous projects that fit the current one? I gave it one coat of Varathane, but will likely give it an additional coat at a later date.

I mixed up a homemade chalk paint recipe using latex paint, plaster of paris, and water.

Lastly, I distressed the base with a fine sandpaper. The table without the leaves is large enough for our family, but we will need the additional surface area for guests. Not too shabby for a $50 kijiji find.


I’m also thrilled that our old table has been repurposed as a desk for my husband. It is a beautiful table that I definitely wanted to keep.