It’s been awhile since I posted to the Dainty Details series, nearly 13-months now that I reflect back on it. Initially meant to highlight some of the quaint details of the house that I adore, I’m stopping in today to show you a feature that I’ve had mixed feelings for: a faux-stained glass panel on the side of the fireplace.
Serious note-to-self: Remove that paint that somehow schmeared on the trim when I painted the ceiling in the summer of 2009. OK.
The door that’s there does have a function. It hides all my decor junk and lots of cheap candles just waiting to be burned. I liken it to a neatly stacked pile of firewood on in the backyard, and I likey that all together that whole stack probably only cost $15 thanks to being yard sale finds.
Aside from what it’s concealing, the door’s design doesn’t immediately appear to be a phony; it’s not a transparent applique that’s pasted on, it actually looks and feels like leaded stained glass thanks to defined leaded lines between each pane of plastic. Whether they’re actually holding the construct together or were just squirted on for extra detail is still beyond me, I haven’t done enough damage yet to find out. It looks pretty dingy in this picture, another sign that it’s dinky plastic and not real glass.
I’m bringing this up because I’ve always thought about removing the fake pane and replacing it with a similarly-sized salvaged pane, or a different pane of glass all together. My objective is still to keep the contents of the decor store hidden or at least blurred, but the green and fuchsia tones in the window never really did flow with the rest of the colors in the living and dining room, which remain olive/gold/yellow/dark wood infused.
Questions for you:
- Has anyone else encountered panes like this?
- I have some sources for reclaimed leaded glass, but is it a tricky install? This just appears to be pinned in place with trim.
- Or should I leave it as-is?