Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Picture Art

I have this thing for old wooden windows.

Not sure how or why, but I seriously just love them.

My first old wooden window set me back three dollars at a garage sale. That is the most I have ever paid for one.

I found these beauties in someone's trash pile a few years back. I scrubbed them and hung them on the wall. They were perfect for working with a tall wall created by the vaulted ceiling in our bedroom at the big house

(Disregard the blue tape. Got excited about the project. I tend to forget to take before pictures.)

But here is a close up. I thought when I first discovered them I would paint them, but I kind of like them the way they were - Lots of history.

At the big house, I copied an idea from Pottery Barn, using big frames with a center picture, and some cutie hand-picked photos of the kids surrounding the center. PB used a super expensive frame and fancy mat - I used thrift store frames, painted black, and white poster board. 

I totally loved them.

But there is not room at the small house for them. That means a project.


So, I created a new history. I painted the window frames.

That blue tape comes in handy.

I used a color a little bluer than the gray on the walls, left some of the past paint to show through and gave these babies a whole new look.

Just what I wanted! I love, love them. Again, not sure what draws me to them - The history? The symmetry? The price? Who knows. 

They would have worked plain, but here is the end result - A new way to show off my kiddos. Each one gets 2 panes. 

I have a little stash of old windows for upcoming projects - Another collection of mine.

I just love them.

1 comment:

  1. I love these old windows. What a great way to recycle. I'm so glad to have a van now to cart away these kinds of goodies.