The Windows at The Glade

While we were renovating the laundry we removed the window trim because the entire wall was being refaced with either beadboard or quarter-inch dry wall.  That gives me an opportunity to show the workings of an old-fashioned sash window.

Laundry window without the trim

The sash cord is attached at one end to the window and at the other end to a counterweight inside the wall.  The weight allows the window to go up and down easily and to stay at any position along the frame without crashing down.

Heavy metal sash counterweight

The time has come, however, when I must sand, wipe down with mineral spirits and paint the trim we removed.

Painted trim that had been removed

And replace it on the windows.

The trim is tacked on for placement.

I forgot I also must paint the window frames.

Have you noticed that to really make improvements you have to start by making unimprovements?


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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