OK, so I’m not reinventing the wheel or anything with today’s post. I’m sure you’ve all seen old windows turned into photo frames many times before. Initially I wasn’t even going to blog about this project, but it was a fun one to work on and I love how it turned out so I decided, why not?
What’s the worst that can happen? You’ll all get bored, move on to the next thing in your day and not leave any comments. I can live with that. So here it is.
My neighbor, nnK, has a stash of old windows from a barn that was torn down. I was over at her house one day because one my fellow vendors from Reclaiming Beautiful, Amy, was looking for old windows to build a green house (I can’t wait to see how that project turns out for her!) Amy left with a truck load of windows, and afterwards I noticed that there was just one 3 pane window left in the stash and it had perfectly chippy white paint so nnK let me have it, sort of like a commission for finding her a buyer for the windows.
I brought it home and gave it a good cleaning. Then I sanded it down to knock off any really loose paint. Finally I used The Real Milk Paint Co’s Dead Flat Finishing Cream to seal it.
Today’s q tip: Always remember that old paint may contain lead. You can buy inexpensive testing kits at any DIY store if you want to know for sure. Lead paint is more dangerous for children than adults, but still you should take proper safety precautions when working with it. I like to seal chippy old paint like this to keep it from continuing to flake off.
Once the Finishing Cream was dry I added some random leftover bits from the Prima Marketing Seeds transfer.
I also added the old window hardware. This was some old hardware that I picked up at a garage sale once upon a time.
Next I went through my photos and picked out some of my favorite travel pics. I used PicMonkey to make them black and white and then printed them off as 5″ x 7″ photos on 8.5″ by 11″ matte photo paper.
I chose this picture from our trip to Budapest.
This one from our trip to Venice.
And this one that I took at the Beamish in England.
I totally loved that place, so if you’re ever in Newcastle upon Tyne you should absolutely check it out.
Initially I was thinking that the tricky part of this project would be trimming the photos just right to fit the window panes, and then figuring out how to adhere them.
But then I realized that I liked the look of the photos with a little space between them and the glass. So taping them to the back of the window frame without trimming them at all worked out perfectly well.
And the 5″ x 7″ dimensions also worked perfectly leaving some visible white space around each photo, sort of like a mat.
I added these hangers to the back of the window …
I prefer this style hanger to the saw tooth version because they screw in and will hold heavier items like this with no problem.
So, to recap, the window was free, the photos were free (unless you count the ink and paper, which presumably one already has on hand), the transfer was left over from another project and the window hardware was something from my stash of old hardware. The only things I had to purchase were the hanger thingies.
Although I originally intended it for the living room …
I’ve now moved it to the piano room.
Down the road I can always swap out the photos for different ones, or move this to yet another room.
Not bad for an investment of just a couple of dollars and about an hour or so, huh? Do you have any old windows lying around that you can turn into photo holders?