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!


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

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

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

  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.

  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.

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

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

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

  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!

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

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

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

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

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

  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!


  16. really nice makeover!loved it!

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


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

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

    Deviantly Domesticated

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

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

  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!

  23. So darling! Wow are you creative!


  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:)

  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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