Saturday, March 24, 2012

Old Window Art

Have you seen all the cute ideas using Old Windows?  We all have an old window laying around in the garage, right?  Well, if your garage is like mine, you might have a few to pick from!  I found this one on an antiquing trip.  I liked that it had 12 window panes, and it was cheap!  

It already had some crackled areas.  But, I distressed it a bit more by sanding it in places, and added some antiquing gel to make it look older.  The only problem was that it had one glass pane missing, but I figured I'd work around it.

I edited and printed some architectural photos from my recent trip to England and France.  Printed them in black and white.  Attaching them to the glass was a bit tricky.

I'm not sure how other people do it....I searched google and didn't get a whole lot of help.  The only solution I found was to float the pics behind the glass, then put a thin piece of plexiglass that's the same size as the glass, behind the photo.

Next problem...how to secure the plexiglass?  The site I used suggested using these triangle metal things (I forget what they're called) to insert...but the wood was too hard and it didn't work.  

So, plan B.... I had some clear caulk in the garage, so I ran a bead along the upper and lower edges to hold it in place.  
The window has been hanging in the hallway right outside our guest bedroom.  The missing glass pane section has just been empty until today!  

I made a black and white copy of a Europe map on white cardstock, making sure to include England and France.  Then using 4 decorative tacks, I placed it right in the empty spot.  

Gotta love Pinterest...saw this pic, and it inspired me to complete my Old Window Art.
You can find this idea here.  If I'd seen this first, I might've done that instead...love the idea of printing architecture on Dictionary paper.  I'll file it away, and who knows where it might show up!
Here's how it looks finished!  Yeah!!!
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14 comments:

  1. I have never seen the idea for this project before, BEAUTIFUL Janis, I love how yours turned out so much!

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    1. awwww Gina, thank you my dear! If you follow me on Pinterest,...you'll see I've got a few of these pinned. You could make a lovely one with your photography skills and lovely photographs!

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  2. Absolutely gorgeous! I have hung pictures of my kids in my old window, but I love your idea!

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    1. Thank you Michelle! I love the idea of using pictures of family/kids, etc.

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    1. Thanks so much Carlene! Appreciate your comment!

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  4. Lindo demais, coloquei no meu blog e sua devida referencia, vai lá conferir....Bjks.......Gil

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  5. I love it! Thanks for following us! I'm your newest follower!

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  6. How beautiful is that! I have several old windows and this is just a perfect project for them! Thanx for sharing at THT!

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  7. This turned out wonderful! I found you at Pamela's From My Front Porch To Yours....

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  8. Wow - this looks just beautiful! Am I allowed to say that I think yours is better than the one you pinned? Beautiful work!

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    1. Yes...absolutely! And what a sweet compliment!! Thanks so much Catherine! I appreciate your kind comment!

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  9. I just came across your site after picking up a few windows (diamond pattern) at a yard sale this past weekend! You are right, there is a lot of Pinterest postings about these windows, but not too many instructions (on the internet) on just how to put in fotos/prints for display... Thanks for sharing your experience and tips. You're website it lovely, you have a new follower!

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    1. Thank you so much Flaca! So glad to have you here!!! Appreciate your sweet comments!

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