Look What The Colby Dragged In

Look what the cat….I mean Colby…dragged home today:

Yes, that’s right.  My beloved boyfriend came traipsing home with a window this evening.  And not just any window but a HUGE window that is about three times the size of the one in the dining room which it is replacing.

I’m no stranger to Colby coming home with things from work.  You see, he’s a salesman who calls on all the local lumber yards including Viking Lumber and EBS.  Because he spends most of his days calling on these accounts and peddling his millwork wares, he’s often scoping out the deals.  It’s not uncommon for him to come home with a $20 interior door here or a $2 gallon of primer there.  And this behemoth of a window (it’s 6′ x 5’5″) was CHEAP!  It was only a fraction of the cost of a new window.  The window is older and needs some paint work before we install it but we’re all about adding some elbow grease to a project if it means we can do it cheaper.  We’re DIYers to the core!

See how huge the window is (we took out the panes or ease of transportation into the house):

Thus, we come to Angie’s tip of the day.  Don’t just rely on the big box stores for your house gear.  Visit your local building supply stores.  If you’re in the Bangor/Brewer area like we are, we encourage you to go down to Viking Lumber (formerly Rhoades Building Supply and before that Granville Lumber) in Holden, Hammond Lumber in Bangor, or Crescent Lumber in Orrington.  We love these locales and intend to buy the rest of our materials including windows (Brosco windows FYI) from them.  That’s where this bad boy window came from.  Most building supply stores have discount rooms or bargain bins where you can score amazing deals.  In today’s world of the big box please don’t forget the other guys.  You can often score deals just as good or better and get help from seriously knowledgeable staff.

This new window is going to let in some serious light in our somewhat dark and dreary dining room:

It’s like three times as big!  I love it!  So it looks like my weekend will be spent priming/painting the new window as well as a few other things.  I’ve got the painting itch and I’ve got it bad!  Too bad we FINALLY finished sheetrocking the dining room before finding the perfect window for the room at the perfect price.  Looks like the carpenter has a bit of a project on his hands!  Oh well…it’s good for him.

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