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Old House Journal - - Salvage It -


Sev­eral panes were cracked or miss­ing; the owner chose tex­tured col­ored glass for even more in­ter­est. Each pane was blocked into its steel square with shims, a dot of caulk set in each cor­ner to se­cure the glass within the frame, and al­lowed to set for 24 hours. Sash putty was care­fully ap­plied with a putty knife at a 30-de­gree an­gle on both sides of the glass and the en­tire frame al­lowed to cure for sev­eral weeks. (The putty must skin over and harden be­fore paint will ad­here prop­erly.) The putty was sealed with tinted oil-based primer, fol­lowed by a coat of Ben­jamin Moore’s ‘Black Satin’ ex­te­rior la­tex.


Noth­ing to it: the steel frame was sim­ply lag-bolted to the ex­ist­ing wood fence and, on the other side, to a 4x4 post. Plants twist and climb over the wood trel­lis in­stalled as an open roof over the path and the steel arch. The arch has half-dis­ap­peared into the land­scape; glimps­ing a se­cret garden be­yond, vis­i­tors step through as the col­ored glass sparkles above.


Any (not precious or rare) wood-frame or steel win­dow of suit­able in­ter­est can be used in the garden. Take care to make it weath­er­proof (as most win­dows are, with proper fin­ish­ing). Al­low for sea­sonal ex­pan­sion and con­trac­tion of metal or leaded joints. Pro­tect the win­dow with flash­ing that sheds wa­ter: a beveled cap of cop­per or painted wood glued or screwed into the frame. Prime and paint sash with a high-qual­ity ex­te­rior paint.

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