Window Be Gone


Rob gets more riled up about some of the questionable craftsmanship in this house than I do (he’s used to houses in the UK being built out of solid materials like stones and brick), but one of the things that annoys me is how drafty a lot of the windows are. I mean, the house is only a bit over a decade old — we’re not talking about hundred-year-old windows here. Oh well.

M’s window stays sealed in the winter with plastic, but in Baby Sister’s room, I was dealing with two problems: a north-facing window that was both drafty and letting in too much light. M has a black-out shade on her window (I don’t know how people trick their babies/toddlers into napping without them), but Baby Sister’s room has two windows, which was really one more than necessary for the time being. So that north-facing one got boarded up! I actually used beadboard paneling that was left over from my bathroom. Put some weather stripping stuff around the edges of the back and nailed it into place. Problems solved (I hope).

You can see that more than enough light still comes in from the other window, which eventually will get a black-out shade. There are mini-blinds on this window (still in place behind the paneling, so the boarded-up-ness isn’t visible from outside the house), but I never had curtains on it before, so it’s actually cuter now than when there was a window there! And this should keep the drafts, light, and ladybugs (fingers crossed) out for a few years — until even Baby Sister is done with naps.

p.s. — The ‘theme’ of Baby Sister’s room is Toysplosion, aka all the toys that M has outgrown, even though they’re suddenly really interesting again, now that she thinks about it.

5 thoughts on “Window Be Gone

  1. So Exciting! I hope that you are feeling well and that all is progressing without problems. I can’t wait to see the little one with her big sister!

    Wishing you a good week!


    Barbara Diane

    1. Thanks! I’ve been feeling pretty good — definitely more tired than I was when I was pregnant with M, but I didn’t have to wrangle a toddler back then!

  2. Do you have storm windows on your house? I think they would help with keeping the drafts out.


    1. You know, I’ve never thought about storm windows for casement windows! I guess there must be interior-fitted ones? I’ve never seen storms on a casement window, though! The old owners took all the window screens with them (lord knows why — maybe they just broke them all), and it’s been almost impossible to have screens made that fit properly, so I’d be skeptical that somebody could do a better job fitting storms. But it’s something to think about — thanks!

  3. Funny, I was just the other day wondering what her room will look like! I’ve always loved the look of M’s room, so I’ve been quite curious. Bean also has the coldest bedroom in the house during the winter, I had a big guilt trip about having a baby in that room.

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