It took me about a year, but I finally got my rather elderly stained glass fixed today. Stained glass windows on either side of the fireplace are a design staple of this part of New Jersey. They have a long, but not infinite, lifespan.
The lead, as it turns out, starts to rot out after 80 years or so. And right on schedule the panes in our 88-year-old home started to sag a few years ago. Finally, pieces started to drop out and the whole central portion of it ended up sitting on the windowsill after the border gave way.
A local design/antique/handyman/contractor shop claimed they could do it, but after their subcontractor came by and took a sample panel they decided they didn’t want to work with him anymore. They’d get right back to me with their new glass guy’s name and number.
tick … tick … tick …
I shopped around myself for a repair person, but every one I spoke with wanted me to pull the glass out myself and bring it to them, then re-install it myself. Really, I’d no idea how.
Like I said, close to a year later. I got a referral for Renner & Faust in Fanwood, NJ. Mark came out to scope out the situation, came back later in the week and popped the panels out and brought them to his workshop. And within two weeks they’re back in place and looking good. He even painted the frames inside. Not to mention, less expensive than the original quote from the local shop.
Nice work! Combined with Star Painting‘s nice job on the walls, and a few pieces of art pottery, we’re looking good: