There’s finally been some progress around here!
Last week we started to sand some of our floors, we’re painting our bedroom (more on that soon) and if you follow us over on Instagram (well, of course, you totally should be!) you might have already seen that we uncovered the most amazing stained glass panels in the sliding door between the dining and living room.
We’re so used to trying to replace missing period details that it almost came as a shock to find something still (more or less) complete.
I’ve never quite understood why people hide or, even worse, remove period features so as much as I find it really weird that someone would try to cover the stained glass, we also know that we’re ridiculously lucky to still have it – not only because they’re original panels but also because we’re the only apartment in the building that has sliding doors!
As always, there’s a bit of an issue though.
As spectacular as the stained glass is, it’s also quite badly damaged. The whole glass shakes so much when we move the door that we barely touch it (which is why I taped them up before sanding the floors). The central painted glass panel is just about ready to fall out of the lead holding it and on the other door the central diamond shaped panel is already completely missing (we assume it fell out and broke just like this one is about to).
I’m not sure if that’s why the stained glass had been covered in fabric (it may have just been a weird design choice) but it needs repairing quick time!
The second panel is in an even worse condition than the first which is why we’ve left the fabric covering on this panel up for now. It’s not pretty but we don’t want to do anything that could jeopardise the condition of it even more!
I love the design of the stained glass. Berlin is a city with a quite alternative feel so I can’t help feel that the punky parrot is rather appropriate!
We’ll definitely try to have a replica made to replace the one that’s missing. Repairing broken stained glass pieces is surprisingly straight forward (we had some of the stained glass in our front door repaired in our last house) but I’m sure that replacing a whole missing piece like this is going to be a lot more involved and probably annoyingly expensive, too!
Either way, we’re finally making some progress around here and it feels sooo good!
We’ll be spending this weekend putting our home back together again after sanding our floors. We’re so happy with how they turned out and I can’t wait to share a full tour of them next week!
Do you have original features in your home? Have you been lucky to uncover something you’d not expected to find? What’s the favourite thing about your home? For me, the newly sanded parquet floor is pretty high up on the list!
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