Our 5 Favorite Places to Install Stained Glass in Your Kansas City Home That You Wouldn’t Expect

Our 5 Favorite Places to Install Stained Glass in Your Kansas City Home That You Wouldn’t Expect

Kansas City residents agree that the local art scene is thriving and vast. Locals definitely have an appreciation for aesthetics and are always looking for a way to make their Kansas City homes stand out. Have you been considering stained glass but aren’t exactly sure where the perfect placement would be in your home? Here’s our top five favorite places to install stained glass in any Kansas City home; we hope to inspire you on your next renovation!
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Leaded & Beveled Glass Windows for Privacy & Elegance in Your Kansas City Bathroom

Kansas City Homeowners, are you looking for a privacy solution to your bathroom that doesn’t include blinds? Tired of that moisture ruining the curtains or drapes in your Kansas City bathroom? Are you looking for an element of added elegance as well? Leaded and beveled glass windows are the solution for your Kansas City bathroom!

Why Leaded & Beveled Glass Windows for Your Kansas City Bathroom?

Leaded glass, often refers to clear, textured stained glass, offers the best privacy solution for your Kansas City bathroom. Leaded glass blocks out all unwanted views, giving you and your family comfort in your own bathroom. Another wonderful advantage of leaded glass is that it allows all that beautiful Kansas sunlight into your bathroom! No need for tacky blinds or mildew covered curtains, leaded stained glass gives you both privacy and that touch of elegance.

Beveled glass, a clear glass that is ground and polished around the edges, gives a prismatic effect as well as a rainbow effect whenever sun shines through the glass. Beveled glass is frequently used in combination with leaded glass to create a beautiful, timeless look, perfect for really making your bathroom into an oasis. Beveled glass also blocks unwanted views, making it the perfect privacy stained glass combination!

Leaded & Beveled Glass Elevates Your Kansas City Bathroom

Kansas City homeowners agree that elegance is key for any bathroom decor and design. Leaded and beveled glass are the perfect addition to your Kansas City bathroom, there’s no other window options that possess sheer beauty and elegance like this one. Stained glass windows gives every Kansas City homeowner the opportunity to create a custom piece of art and the ability to really curate the theme of their home.

Call today to schedule an in-home consultation on how leaded and beveled glass can bring both privacy and elegance to your Kansas City bathroom: (816) 399-3830

How a Stained Glass Fireplace Screen Can Enhance the Living Room of Your Kansas City Home

With temperatures headed into the low 40’s and 30’s this week, the weather outside is becoming quite brisk in Kansas City. It won’t be long now until the winter arrives and soon after that, the holiday season will be here as well! Now’s the perfect time to get your home ready for winter and create the perfect place for entertaining your friends and family. And what better way to do it than with a stained glass fireplace screen for the living room or dining area of your Kansas City home! Stained glass fireplace screens are both an aesthetically pleasing and practical solution and are a sure way to charm your guests and visitors.
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Aspen Leaf Stained Glass For Your Kansas City Home!

Our Signature Aspen Leaf Stained Glass Pattern For Your Kansas City Home

Fall is in full effect here in Kansas City and all across the Midwest for that matter. The days are getting shorter and the Autumn chill is in the air! Nearly everywhere you go you catch the smell of pumpkin spice coffee, cookies and more. A scent that intoxicates you with nostalgia; a scent as welcome as Fall itself. Best of all the leaves of the trees that line the streets of Kansas City are burning bright with color: red Maples, Orange oaks and, of course, and even some brilliant yellow Aspens. Here is Kansas it seems our Aspen Leaf stained glass pattern is a customer favorite. It is a wonderful addition to every home we put it on and can be a wonderful addition to yours as well and below are a few reasons why.

Aspen Leaf Stained Glass Pattern For Your Kansas Home

In our many years of stained glass service to Kansas communities, one pattern that is wonderfully Kansas and has stood the test of time is our signature Aspen Leaf pattern and below are reasons it will fit well in your Kansas City home.

Matches Any Decor: Although color can be added to this pattern, it typically uses clear and textured glass to create a beautiful masterpiece of dancing light. Because it is a stained glass window made with clear and textured glass it literally goes with any decor since there are no potentially clashing colors.
Blends Well Your Kansas Surroundings: Kansas has a rich natural and wooded environment meaning Aspen leaf stained glass will blend seamlessly with the beauty that is already around us.
Timeless Style: A stunning minimal and elegant such as our signature Aspen leaf pattern will always look good no matter what the style of the day!

If you love our signature Aspen stained glass pattern and want to make it a lovely addition to your Kansas City home, contact Kansas City Stained Glass today for a free consultation and a speed estimate!

Restore the vintage staircase landing/grand entry stained glass in your Kansas City home!

If you’re fortunate enough to live in a historic home in that has a grand entry, you may also have a vintage stained glass window in your foyer or above your staircase landing. While vintage stained glass can make a stunning addition to a grand entry, it does require regular care and cleaning. In that case, you may want to consider stained glass restoration. Restoration can help rejuvenate the shine and color of your entry stained glass and make your Kansas City home look more elegant and polished.
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Can I Clean My Kansas City Stained Glass Myself?

Does Your Stained Glass Need Cleaning?

The DIY revolution is here! It seems like almost anything can be done at home these days if you have some time, a budget and the trusty help of Google. Stained glass cleaning is no different. There are so many articles out there about how to clean your stained glass yourself, that it is almost hard to know which one to trust. And you should take it with a grain of salt. But whether or not you should clean your own stained glass really comes down to:
a. exactly what needs to be done and
b. whether or not doing it yourself is good for your health and the health of your stained glass.
To find out when to clean your stained glass yourself and when to hire a professional–keep reading.

When And How To Clean Stained Glass Yourself

Stained glass is a surprisingly durable material, however, you really need to be cautious when touching it or cleaning it. If you simply want to get rid of some dust on your stained glass, then, by all means, use a duster and lightly sweep away cobwebs and other dust. In the case that your stained glass needs a bit more cleaning, you can use a basic dish soap and water to get rid of light grim. Just make sure you are in a solid position, not on a ladder or window sill, so you don’t fall into the glass. Clean by gently rubbing each pane of glass from the inside out with an up and out motion. But BE CAREFUL and never scrub the glass. You likely want to go back through each piece with a wet soapless clothe to “rinse” any residue left on the glass from cleaning too.

When Not To Clean Your Stained Glass Yourself

Like we said above–stained glass can hold up pretty well but caution is important if you want your stained glass to have a long life. The best idea for stained glass cleaning is really, to call a professional like Kansas City Stained Glass. Below are solid reasons you absolutely need to call a professional.
-Your stained glass is more than 50 years old
-Your stained glass shows any signs of sagging, cracks, gaps or other disrepair
-Your stained glass does not come clean with soap and water. *Remember, the chemicals it takes to get rid of extremely tarnished stained glass can be very harmful to you or your family
-Your stained glass is up high or in a hard to reach area
-Your stained glass is visibly very tarnished–soap and water simply won’t work on layers of caked on grime

If you are ready to get your stained glass looking like new but don’t want to deal with the hassle and danger of cleaning it yourself, remember, there are experts to do it for you. Keep in mind also that a simple cleaning is much less expensive than an extensive repair should you damage your stained glass doing it yourself. Contact Stained Glass Kansas City today for a free stained glass cleaning estimate!

How to Use Stained Glass as Contemporary Decor in Your Kansas City Home

Do you love contemporary furniture and decor? If so, you should consider adding a contemporary styled stained glass window to your home! In Kansas City, where the arts are well alive and very much celebrated by the city’s many theaters, museums, and art galleries, contemporary stained glass is a perfect choice for adding artistic flare and color to architecture. Contemporary stained glass can add that bit of color and shine to make your home look modern, unique, and inviting.
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A Piece of Kansas History in Stained Glass

Although many know Arthur Capper for his role as a United States Senator, the stained glass windows in the Kansas Museum of History remind us that he was actually a Kansas native. They tell a story much different than the Arthur Capper that most of America is familiar with, a story of a simple man with big dreams and honorable ideals who held an immense love for his home state.
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Lawrence, Kansas Privacy Stained Glass for Your Entryway & Bathroom

While large windows can be beneficial for letting in extra light, they can also create an issue of privacy. This is especially true for newer neighborhoods like those in Lawrence in which the homes are constructed closely together. But here at Kansas City Stained Glass, we have a solution. Lawrence, Kansas homeowners can install privacy stained glass in entryway or bathroom areas to reduce outside visibility and protect the privacy of their family and guests. In this post, we’ll dive into some of the benefits of privacy stained glass and also give you some ideas for designs to get you started with your renovations.
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Can I Clean The Stained Glass Windows On My KC Home Myself?

Can I Clean The Stained Glass On My Kansas City Home Myself

We get a lot of questions here at Kansas City Stained Glass both from people who have stained glass or want stained glass and we are always happy to answer them!  Probably the biggest question we get from people who have stained glass is on how to care for the glass they already have.  Keeping your glass free of dirt is a good way to keep it looking good for a long time and keep grime from building up on it.  You can do this simply by lightly running a dry soft cloth over it, every now and again.  However, to get off build up that may already be on your window there is a fairly simple process to follow that will have your windows looking bright again in no time, providing they are not too dirty (which may require a professional cleaning).  The steps below are a starting point for a home cleaning but we cannot stress enough–if there is too much buildup or any type of structural damage at all please leave it to a professional like us at Kansas City Stained Glass.

Steps To Cleaning Your Kansas City Home’s Stained Glass

  1. Start by running a soft dry cloth across the glass.  Stained glass is actually very durable but use care as older windows may have loose panels.  If you come across a broken, cracked or loose pane of glass be sure to call Kansas City Custom Stained Glass to repair the piece and finish the cleaning.
  2. Once the bulk of the dust and dirt has been removed with a dry cloth, switch to soap and water.  Make sure to use an ammonia-free, vinegar-free, non-abrasive, pH-neutral cleaner
  3. Start from the top of the window and work your way down, cleaning each pane within the leaded frames individually.  Feel free to scrub but do not press on the glass too hard, lest it cracks.
  4. After you finish each panel, go back with a cotton swab to clean the by the leaded perimeter using a circular “scoop and lift” method to get the grime by the lead.
  5. Dry the section you cleaned with a soft, lint-free cloth and move on to the next section

*Don’t forget to put a towel down on the ledge of your window to keep the water from ruining your wood frame.

**Also Be aware that leaded glass windows contain lead, which can be dangerous to you and especially to children when it is ingested or becomes airborne.  As such we recommend wearing gloves and using proper disposal techniques for any cloth, swab, water or container used in the process.

Kansas City’s Stained Glass Expert

This simple process takes a little bit of time but with a little patience and good old fashioned elbow grease, your window will look fantastic when you are done.  As we mentioned the best way to keep your windows looking great is prevention–keep them clean and have Kansas City Stained Glass repair any damage as soon as it occurs.  Contact us with any question or to schedule a cleaning or repair today