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An Old Window

Remember this old window I brought home from the Junk Show? 
Well I FINALLY did something to it!

Want to see?

Here it is!

(I know it's summer, but this was supposed to be a spring project, so spring pics it is!)

I did a bit of washing (it was dirty!) and sanding (it really needed it!).
Followed by a coat of primer and some white paint.

And of course lots of window cleaner on the panes (front and back!)

I had my 'awesome' husband hang a white picture ledge between our old sconces in the living room.
(I'm currently on the lookout for some new 'complimentary' sconces.)

I took these bright pictures of my kids at the tulip fields this past spring. Remember?

I chose about 8 great pics and had them enlarged to an 8x10 size.  Costco only charges $1.49 a piece.

I played with the pictures until I liked the arrangement.
Because all my pictures were taken horizontally, I turned the window sideways so the glass panes were horizontal.

Using scotch tape, I taped each picture in the back of the window sill. 
Scotch tape will make it easy to pull out the photos and add new ones later.

Unfortunately, my window panes were about a half inch wider than my photos.
(See the light coming through?!)

No problem that a little paint can't fix!
I (very roughly) painted an edge on the glass all the way around each window pane.

Can you see the painted border?

 Definitely a 'rustic, shabby chic' look!

There you have it!  It adds so much color to the wall. 
I can't wait to re-fill it with some beach photos and then some autumn leaves
and then some snow shots and then...and then...




  1. You don't have to buy new sconces...just paint the old ones to match...then you'll have completely up-cycled wall decor! I'm pretty sure I've seen at JoAnn's glass paint that speckles...which would be really cool add in a little white metal spray paint to the the holders and BAM! A great finish :) You could also sand the metal after you painted it to add to the shabby chic, rustic appeal.

    The picture frame looks great and a lot like one Charlie made for Kathy to hold pictures of all the grandkids :)

  2. Looks great! Especially with those pictures.

  3. I love, love, love this project, Michelle, and am truly inspired to hunt down some windows of my own! I would love to hang several mismatching windows going up my staircase... you really have my wheels turning. Thanks so much for linking up to my Home Savvy A to Z blog party today. I am following you now and really looking forward to blogging with you!

  4. Now that's what I call a picture window! It turned out fabulous!

  5. I love the whole idea...from the pane frame to the bright colored photos! And it looks perfect on the ledge.

    I'm your newest follower.

  6. Brillaint!!! The pictures are excellent too. What a treasure

  7. Oh wow! That is a marvelous job turning an old window pane into a picture frame. The choice of photographs is also exceptional -- it will surely brighten up the room where that frame will be placed. You have a good eye for beauty. Continue crafting!