It looks like Stained Glass
My main focus was not on these windows because I knew they would be a huge undertaking so I decided to put a band-aid on the problem for the time being. Three years have passed and the band-aid project is long past it's due.
Paper Blinds From Bed Bath and Beyond
I kept thinking and pondering and finally came up with the perfect answer. It's called the miracle of "Vinyl Clings." I have used them in the past so I know they are not too expensive, they help with heating costs and they can hold out the glare.
I watched a few videos made by the vinyl companies that are posted on Home Depot's website and decided my beautiful picture windows were due for their time to shine.
I didn't have the patience to order the window film and then and wait for them to come into the store so I decided to see what they carried in their stock. It turns out they don't carry a lot, so I drove around until I found the perfect combination. I went to Lowes, Home Depot, and Menards until I found the vinyls I wanted.
Rather than taping off I used a large sheet-rock putty knife to block the area I didn't want stain on next to the window or the wall. It is especially handy for the floor boards that bud up to carpet. Just push the knife into the carpet and hold it back while rubbing the stain on the floorboards. No stripping required. I did tape the tops of the floorboard because taping there was fast and easy. I just wanted everything done in five steps or less. My rule of thumb is, if the taping takes too long then it's not worth the effort. Every time I go to work I make a decision based on easiness. If it is easier to just cut the paint or stain in with a brush I do it that way, but if taping is easy to do, then it is faster to tape.
I taped the top of the floorboards and used a sheet-rock knife to hold the carpet back and stained the entire room in about 10 minutes. This is so much easier than painting and I love how it turned out.
Look at the difference of the before and after. The picture above of the trim is what the woodwork looked like throughout the house. After I added my new stain it made my heart sing with joy. This was even before I added my vinyl to the windows.
I even added stain to the stair rail and the front door. Ok, I promise I will get back to my windows, but sometimes in the middle of a project you realize you need to do additional things to make it all happy.
I love how it all turned out!
Oh, And After All This Staining, I still have a Half a Can of Stain Left.
Sorry for shouting, I just get so excited when a plan comes together.