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Saturday, May 21, 2011

What to do with an old window? ... Chapter 3

No, I haven't forgotten about my window projects .... there's just too darn much to squeeze in on this blog!  It's hard to fit it all in sometimes! :-)
If you missed Chapter 1 or Chapter 2 in this "window series" ... go check 'em out!

This week's window project is a little different than the last two in that it's not really being repurposed into something functional (like the chalkboard or the photo display), it's just something purdy to look at! :)~

I started with a very LARGE window this time ... it's about 4 1/2 feet long.  And I decided it would be the perfect accent for the long, empty hallway wall, leading into Lucy's playroom.

First step:  tape off the window panes.  (This took about 10 minutes.)
Next, I used Krylon Sweet Cream to spray paint one coat.  (I wanted to be able to see some of the wood and chipped pieces, so not a lot of paint was required!)
 I measured the window panes, then cut foam board into squares to fit in the panes.
 The next step was mod podging paper onto the foam board ....
 I used a pack of vintage-inspired craft paper and chose coordinating pages in color tones that compliment the playroom (which is blue).  Here's one of the squares:
 Then I pressed the foam board into each pane - and actually had to lightly tap it in with a hammer.  (Using the foam board and having that super-snug fit was perfect ... I wanted the paper to be pressed right up against the back of the glass.)
 This is what it looked like from the back when finished:
 I finished it off by nailing in some hardware to hang the window ....
 .... flipped it over, and had THIS!
 And here is the new-and-improved window, hung in it's place!  (Being in the hallway made it difficult to get great pictures ... but you get the idea!)





Although I didn't choose to make MY window necessarily "functional" (because it was going in a hallway), you could EASILY do that by adding cute knobs or hooks to the bottom of the window and turning it into a coat hanger in the entry way or mud room.  My fellow window maker-over ... (or is that window makeover-er? :)~ Natalie at Johnny in a Dress did just that, so check hers out, too!

35 comments:

  1. Cute!!! I have a bunch of old windows waiting for me to do something with them!!!

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  2. So adorable! I love your style, girl! I checked out (and started following) Johnny In a Dress too, love it!

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  3. I love it. How adorable. I love the chalkboard one too!

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  4. Love all your old window ideas! I've got some and need to get busy repurposing them.

    So glad I found your blog. I love it! I'll be following you for more inspiration! Keep it up!

    Just a question... do you ever worry about lead paint that may have been used? I am concerned about that and need to research more on it. Just wanted your thoughts.

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  5. Super project! I've got a friend that has some old windows just sitting out back at her place...gotta go snatch them! Thanks for the inspiration.
    Michael
    bluevelvetchair.blogspot.com

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  6. You have some great ideas!
    I am following you via SRW blog hop. Please follow me.

    http://itsabouttimemamaw.blogspot.com/

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  7. Super cute! I am a new follower from SRW hop. Can't wait to read more!

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  8. Awesome Idea with the foam board! Love the window! You ROCK Bec!

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  9. I love this! Such a creative project. I'm so glad you stopped by my blog because I'm now your newest follower! :)

    Thanks for sharing with So Sweet Sundays!

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  10. Cool project! That seems like the perfect spot for it, too.

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  11. this is beautiful and inspirational for my old window languishing in the basement. well done!

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  12. This is too cute! I love it and t looks fantastic!

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  13. love this! it came out great!! i have a couple windows i have thinking about. may have to try this!

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  14. I love the color combo you used. Very pretty.
    Came by from flamingo toes!

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  15. Found you on Tip Junkie! Love the window...I have one in my laundry room but it isn't nearly as pretty as this!

    Heather

    http://ourcrazybusybunch.blogspot.com

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  16. really nice makeover!loved it!

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  17. super cute project :) i'm obsessed with old window, they're so gorgeous! found this post over at thrifty 101

    Jackie
    http://jaclyndesigns.blogspot.com/

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  18. Way cute! Thanks for linking up at DIY Thrifty Thursday!
    ~Michelle

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  19. Very pretty. I'm hoping to find a big old window for the wall above my stairs. You did a beautiful job!

    Emily
    Deviantly Domesticated
    http://stephaniehillberry.com

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  20. Super cute idea!!
    Thank you so much for linking up to {nifty thrifty sunday}!
    I hope to see you again tomorrow!
    xoxo,
    Vanessa

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  21. Look at your great project! You did a wonderful job. Love those papers too.

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  22. Totally cute- I want to do this on my porch- we just finished the florros now I can decorate! I would love it if you shared this with Workshop Wednesday!

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  23. So darling! Wow are you creative!

    Megan

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  24. I love watching what others do with their old windows...and yours turned out good:)

    I have a small one in my living room that I have added a glass knob to it about 1/2 way up, and at bottom of the window a small mini shelf was added to it...looking like a window seal. Since my wall is white, I just left the glass blank on this one, and have matching shadow boxes on each side hanging with items in those:)

    Now, I have another one about the size you are showing in my upstairs hallway. Small hallway, and wanted to give it a wider feel. So, I added some pictures to the glass that gave impression of an actual window looking outside, and I hung a valance/curtain above it. On each side of it are pictures like anyone would do with a window in their home. Feels like being outside, and more open too:)

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  25. i have a bunch of old windows and wondered what i could do "new" with them...will try the chalkboard window! great idea!!! thanks!

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