Our Home Renovation

Home Renovation Update #8 – Dining Room Windows

Come along with us as we renovate our 1946 home. This week’s home renovation update is the dining room windows.

Home Renovation Update

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Update #7

We’ve been moving right along with the home renovation process and trying to get the little things done while there’s still light. The time change has really made this difficult, but at least there’s the weekends!

Things will probably start slowing down a little bit so we can focus on the holidays coming up. My mom and dad recently bought a new house and will be moving sometime next month. They’ll actually be about 5 minutes away from us! My mom is excited, but stressed of course, since this all is happening in between Thanksgiving and Christmas. But, we’ll be there to help them move and get everything ready. I’m really excited for them!

Our latest home renovation project has been the dining room windows. Since I have a tiny dining room and only two windows, this went rather quickly. It did take a few days because nothing is level or even or easy around here. I’m pretty sure the people that built this house didn’t have any experience. Too bad they didn’t just hop on the Google or watch 500 YouTube videos first. (Oh yeah…no such thing in the 40’s!)

Home Renovation – Windows

We started with the side window because it was the worst. It takes a beating from the weather, so the bottom part was pretty rotten. You can see in the bottom of the picture how bad it was. So that was removed and replaced. My husband made a new one out of a piece of wood, sanded it, primed it, and painted it. The sides of the window were replaced, too.

The shutters we made are holding up really well!!

Home renovation - the dining room window outside before

Here’s the outside after everything was complete.

Home renovation - dining room window outside after

Now on to the inside!

The wood surrounding the window was removed completely so the old window could be removed.

Dining room window - inside

It was a tad chilly that night so I was hoping this was going to go really fast! Of course that didn’t happen. We ran out of time and had to put the old window back in after everything was measured and ready for the next day.

Dining room window removed

The new window was installed and the wood pieces started going back up.

New dining room window
New dining room window - wood replaced

The window after one coat of paint.

Dining room side window complete

Now for the back window!

When I moved into this house many many years ago there was an old AC unit in the window. A huge brown ugly thing! It lasted a few years before we finally had to get a new one. It was so old and so heavy that the neighbor had to come over and help my husband get it out!

We had to get a new window unit and the only window available is the back window in the dining room. So I lost a lot of natural light and the ability to see the beautiful tree behind my house.

I was so happy to see that window unit come out! We put in a Ductless Mini Split system so we no longer need the window unit. YAY!

Home renovation - dining room back window

After the window unit came out the new window went in. The outside and inside of the window had to also be repainted. My husband had this ladder going between the front and back porches and a piece of board laying on top. (It’s quite a long way down!)

This is why women live longer than men.

Working on the back window

I won’t bore you with putting in the second window since the process was exactly the same as the side window. I will however show you the completed project! Two new windows that open easily and let in a lot of natural light. And I can see the trees!

Now I just have to find time to finally refinish the table and chairs. The set was a Craigslist find for super cheap! I can’t wait to redo it. Christina from Christina Faye Repurposed has some great instructions on her furniture makeovers so I’ll be studying up before I start on my table.

Home renovation update - dining room windows

Mini Split System

Since an HVAC system is way too expensive and not an option for our old house, we decided to go with a Ductless Mini Split System. It’s basically a cooling and heating unit that goes in one room. We put ours in the living room and it actually warms and cools the whole house. Smaller units can be placed in every room, but we don’t need the extras.

(If you’re interested you can learn more about mini splits and how they work here.)

Excuse my daughter’s messy computer desk. She thinks she needs to have everything on it for some reason. Actually this is cleaner than it usually is.

Home renovation update - mini split system

This is the outside part of the mini split. It’s actually very quiet!

Mini split system outside

I was a little skeptical of this thing at first, but it has worked really well so far. Our temperatures this weekend are supposed to get down into the 20’s and teens at night so we’ll see how well it does then.

That’s it for this week’s home renovation update. We are working on the rotting backdoor threshold and surrounding wood pieces now and then we’ll be moving on to something else. I’m excited to get the inside work done, too, since it’s something I’ve been waiting to do for years.

Stay tuned for more updates!!

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Michelle is a stay-at-home homeschool mom who loves DIYs and living a frugal lifestyle.

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  1. Great post Michelle, made me laugh, need to have some humor while going through this renovation. I know how you feel, I used to have a window unit when we lived in NY, hated it LOL And like I’ve said before you and your husband are amazing. thank you for sharing. <3

    1. I’m glad I could make you laugh! If I didn’t laugh through this I would be insane by now! πŸ˜€ Thank you so much!!

  2. We replaced a few windows this past summer and we will have a few more next spring to do!! It’s quite the process especially when the sills are rotten too!! I can’t wait to see what you do with your table and chairs!! Great find!!

    1. It’s definitely a lot more to it than I thought it was. I was thinking, take out the window, shove the new one in it’s place. Nope! πŸ˜€ Thank you!!

  3. I love the lighting in the eating area. I am.a big fan of natural light.

    1. Thank you! Me, too! πŸ™‚

  4. New windows is one of the best improvements to get done in an older home.

    1. I cannot believe how much of an improvement they actually made! Now I can’t wait to get the other ones done. πŸ™‚

  5. Beautifully done and you are quite talented with the decor as well. Lovely.

    1. Thank you so much!! πŸ™‚

  6. It sure turned out nice! Great score on the table and chairs.

    1. Thank you so much! Now to find the time to give them a makeover. πŸ™‚

  7. christinafayerepurposed says:

    The windows look awesome! I swear your husband and my husband must be talking to each other, that is totally something mine would do too! πŸ™‚ Love the curtains too!

    1. Thank you!! LOL! Maybe they have secret conversations on how to do weird things behind our backs. πŸ˜€ Thanks! They were a great Walmart find years ago. πŸ™‚

  8. They look so good! Love the white paint! “This is why women live longer than men” πŸ˜‚. You guys are so good for taking this on yourselves.

    1. Thank you so much! The paint really made them stand out. πŸ˜€ I swear men do some crazy things!!

  9. The look fabulous! The shutters are cute! And the inside is so lovely with the white paint. I had to laugh at your comment on women living longer than men! Yes they do take more risks! Cute table and chairs. And I never heard of that kind of ac system so thanks for enlightening me!

    1. Thank you so much! I think the white paint made them really stand out. πŸ™‚ I swear men are crazy! haha!! I had never heard of it, either until my husband was doing all the research and said that’s what we were doing. lol I’m glad, though, because so far I love it!

  10. Really love the outcome. And nice to know your parents are coming to your base. I see loads of gist time and visits. 😁
    Kudos to your hubby too. πŸ‘

    1. Thank you so much! I’m excited for them to be closer, too, so we’ll get to spend more time together. πŸ™‚

      1. You are welcome. Smiles.
        That is certain. 😊

  11. I LOVE these changes, Michelle! Your dining room with that natural light is gorgeous! The paint color and curtains are classic. Beautiful job! I am incredibly happy for you that you you get to have natural lighting coming in there again. Isn’t it amazing what looking out, feeling the sunshine through the glass and seeing nature does for your mood? Big difference πŸ™‚

    Hopefully the new windows will help keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter too. How’s the ductless system doing with the cooler temps? That can sometimes be their weak point but it also depends on the home. Overall, they are much better than a standard window unit. (That’s what my husband does).

    I laughed at your comment, “This is why women live longer than men.” 🀣 Indeed my friend. Indeed!

    I do love that view from your window. The foliage color is absolutely beautiful. Awesome job, Michelle, on everything. I am SO happy for you that your dreams for this home are coming to pass. It’s a wonderful feeling, isn’t it? πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much!! It really does make a huge difference! Now I just sit at the table and stare out the window. πŸ™‚

      So far having the window unit removed it has really been a lot warmer in the house. I’m usually wrapped up in a huge blanket this time of year, but haven’t had to do that yet. Even with the temps in the 30’s today! So far the ductless system has done really well, but we are installing a baseboard heater in the living room just in case. The other rooms all have ceiling heat, which I love!

      Thank you so much!!!! I’m so glad things are going smoothly and I pray they continue this way. I cannot wait to see the finished house and look back and say we did all that by ourselves! πŸ˜€

  12. Ohh I love those curtains you have! I’m a sucker for anything black and white!

    1. Thank you!! Me, too! My kitchen theme is black and white. πŸ˜€

  13. The dining area looks so pretty and comfy with the new windows.

  14. Wow! The windows look great and you styled the room beautifully!

    Renovations are crazy and can make us go bonkers! You humor makes me giggle.

    Keep up the humor and good work!

    1. Thank you so much! Yes, renovations are crazy and if I didn’t find something to laugh about during this process I would go insane. πŸ˜€

  15. New windows make your dining area more gorgeous !

    1. Thank you so much! I’m so happy to finally have all the natural light. πŸ™‚

      1. Oh that is great idea to get more daylight to come inside! 😊

  16. We are needing to replace windows in our home. I dread the mess, glad there are humor in the midst of it all. Love the trim you placed around the inside. Love the dining area as well.

    1. It’s a lot harder than I thought it was going to be, but our home is so crazy! πŸ˜€ I hope it goes easier for you guys. Thank you so much!

  17. I love seeing these sort of before and after pics – things are looking amazing, Michelle, so much is coming along really nicely now! The new windows will make such a difference. I love the black & white damask curtains too, very stylish!
    Caz xx

    1. Thank you!! There’s a lot more to putting in new windows than I thought, but the hard work was so worth it. πŸ™‚

  18. Love the changes and the dining room too. Very beautiful. Good job

    1. Thank you so much!! πŸ™‚

  19. Getting new windows is so nice when you are renovating a house. They are so much more energy efficient. The new windows make a room look nicer to me.

    1. I agree! The room looks a lot better and it has really stayed warm in the house. Even through the temperatures in the teens were having right now. 😊

  20. Eerything looks great. I am so impressed that you replaced windows yourselves. I never would have tried that. You and husband are talented and brave. This renovation is amazing.

    1. Thank you!! We’re trying to do everything we can ourselves to save money. 😊

  21. Michelle, I always enjoy your renovation updates because I am intrigued with how you are doing each project. It is amazing because I have few skills or experience with such tasks.

    Your heating/AC unit looks just like what my brother-in-law has done with a total home renovation.

    1. Thank you! We have no experience, either, but with a little help from Google and YouTube we’re figuring it out. πŸ™‚ I’m seeing a lot more of these mini splits in homes now. They are a great alternative to some heating and AC units. So far ours has worked really well!

  22. What an amazing job! That window molding is beautiful Michelle!

    1. Thank you so much! We thought it gave the house the older feel, since it is pretty old. πŸ˜€

  23. Devinder Maan says:

    Wow..what a great job and what a beautiful space you have created. How wonderful that your mom and dad are moving 5 minutes away. Thats my dream to have my kids live close by eventually. Great post!!

    1. Thank you so much! They are really excited about moving. I’ve been helping them go through their stuff and pack up on the weekends. πŸ™‚

  24. Wow, those windows really freshened up the place!

    1. Thank you! I couldn’t believe the difference they made. I can’t wait to get the rest of them done! πŸ™‚

  25. Love the curtains! Your house is such a love story of how you are turning it around. It’s lovely! You guys are super talented with your DIY. My only question is, once it’s all complete will you be able to relax and enjoy or will you be looking for another project! X

    1. Thank you so much! It has really been a lot of fun, even if stressful at times. Once it’s all complete we plan to sell and buy a new home, hopefully with less projects. πŸ˜€

      1. That sounds like a well deserved plan! πŸ˜ƒ

  26. Thank God everyone is ok.

    1. I agree! Thank you!

      1. ❀️

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