Tuesday, April 19, 2011

What to do with an old window? ...Chapter 1

So I have several old windows (picked up at antique sales or salvaged by my handy, helpful husband at random job sites) that I've repurposed around my house ... and I thought it was about time to share them with you.
If you don't mind, that is.... :-)

For Chapter 1 of this "series" ... we're looking at a window that's now repurposed as a photo display.
Nope.  This isn't a "new" idea -- I know this has been done before.  Probably in more places than I can count, but this is my version ... I hope you like it!

I started with an old square window.
Which I broke the glass out of.  (On purpose.)

(That's kinda fun to do ... ever tried it?  Good stress reliever, too:)~

Then handy, helpful husband cut chicken wire (LOVE that stuff!) and attached it to the back of the frame.  He hammered these little clips in - but a staple gun would have done the trick much more easily I'm sure.
Maybe he was mad at his staple gun that day ... I really don't know.
But regardless, this worked out just fine.

Here's the view from the front...

Next, I tore strips of fabric I had leftover from my swatch portrait project in Lucy's nursery, threaded them through the wire, and tied them in bows.

Almost done! .......

To finish, I used itty-bitty clothespins (from the craft store) to hang some of my favorite photos.

Finished product:  cute and functional! :-)

Stick around to see what I did with my window in Chapter 2 next week, will you...?
I'd love it!


  1. This is so the bows, too :)

  2. Great idea. I found your blog at Not Just A Housewife. Your blog is very pretty.

  3. Oh you creative lady you!!;)

  4. Cute! I have seen these at craft shows and love them. I actually have an old pane of glass from an entertainment center that I have to find a use for so may keep this in mind. :)

  5. Love this project!!! Found you on Not Just a Housewife. Off to peruse more of your blog. Looks precious!

  6. I love it! The fact that you can change out photos easily or add really anything you want makes it even better :)

  7. Such a cute way to display those gorgeous photos of that adorable little girl!!!
    Have a beautiful day!!!

  8. very cute i just did one myself... come check it out. and i am your newest follower

  9. Wonderful idea! i have a love of old windows as well. I just did a mantel makeover & used one - check it out -

    Can't wait to see what else you do!

  10. Cute! I'll be following along on your window posts to see what else you do!

    Thanks for the follow - following back? Absolutely!

    Jill at JunkyVagabond

  11. that is a beautiful way to show off your pictures! Looks great!

  12. Love how it turned out! I have a few old windows I'd like to work with but am worried about them having lead based paint. Do you have any suggestions on how to work with that aspect of them?? You can find me at
    I'm now a follower! =)


  13. your daughter is presh! and so is that old well done!

  14. Hi Bec. Very,very cute especially with the bows! I just found one of these windows in the neighborhood trash (good for me :)! But, this window is one BIG frame with 4 spaces where the glass was. Yes I got to smash the glass out! You are right it was fun! :D Not really sure where or what to do with it. Maybe you will be posting other ideas. I will keep looking. Glad I ran across Little Lucy Lu! Angela


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