Come to My Window [Basement Edition]

Remember how scary my basement laundry room was before I redid it last year?  If you need some help remembering, click here for the transformation.  We recently made some structural repairs to the house and while the contractors were here, they suggested we replace the old basement window with glass block.  They were working in that area anyway and the glass block was very inexpensive and easy to install.  We readily agreed:  that window has long been a thorn in my side: it's ugly, it's gross and it's clearly seen better days.  Here it is before I spruced it and the rest of the laundry room up (apologies for the poor picture quality in the "before" shot: I snapped with my phone a long time ago):

When I redid our laundry room, I did the best I could to make the window less scary.  I cleaned out the window well, painted it and then bought an inexpensive curtain and rod to cover the window but still let in light.  Here is my solution, which doesn't look so bad, if I may say so.

Here is the window when the contractors finished.  It looks terrific! The whole well looks so much cleaner.  They cut the glass to fit around the dryer vent too, but did so in a way that if the dryer were eventually moved upstairs or to a different location, all we (or the next owner) would need to do is have one glass block inserted in the spot.  

Of course, I was not content to leave well enough alone, so I painted the concrete around the window the same blue on the walls.   Not a huge difference, but to me, it finishes off the area just a tad more.  It would have haunted me at night if I did not do this.  Yeah, you know me.

I like the clean look of the window so much that I didn't bother putting the old curtain back up.  I love that we still get light through the window, too.

What about you? Got any recent upgrades in your home that you'd like to share? Let us know! We looooove to feature our readers' projects!

See you swoon,


  1. We've been putting off replacing a window in our garage with glass block. We had a guy put in some glass block in our rental property, but he went out of business and I haven't found a new guy yet. The window is currently fixed glass with a stained glass sticker covering the whole thing. So gross. And it makes it so dark in there. (Not sure what the previous owners were thinking.) On my to-do list for the summer is cleaning out the garage, painting the concrete block, and replacing that window. You have inspired me to get this done. Thanks.

  2. I'm glad you guys like! Mandie, do you know any contractors who you can ask for a recommendation? That's how we found our glass block guy: the contractor works with this local guy all the time.

  3. This looks great! We have a very similar set up. How did you connect the dryer vent to the window vent? We're having a hard time attaching them. Thanks in advance for any help.

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