Thursday, January 12, 2012

Repurposing an Old Window


In a past post I told you about redecorating my living room.  This has been an on going project.  I am very particular and get these ideas of what I want and won't settle for anything less than what I want.  That said, I still have a very large bare wall in my living room because I have not been able to find that one thing that makes me completely happy.  On a small wall I made a piece to hang.  I had an old window in the basement from a house we used to live in.  I absolutely love old windows.  I have been waiting for years to do something with this window.  So this was going to be the day that I finally did something with that old window. 
I started by adding hangers to my old window.  These I purchased at Wal-Mart.  They could also be purchased at a hardware store.  I don't remember exactly how much I paid for them, but I can promise you it wasn't a lot because my decorating budget slim to none.  They need to be placed evenly.  I used the panes in the window as my guide of where to place place them.  Then use just a screw driver to secure them.

This is the Martha Stewart Circle Cutter.  I purchased it several years ago at Micheal's.  I do remember I had a coupon so it was half off the regular price, but not real sure what that was, but would guess less than $10.  I used the circle cutter to cut circles out of turquoise, brown, and cream colored scrapbook paper.  One tip, I learned this the hard way, cut the inner circle first then the outer one or your cutter will not be resting on the paper and your circle will move making it impossible to cut the inner circle.
I placed the circles on the window where I wanted them.  Some of them I cut in half and rested along the edge of the pane.

I coated the window with Modge Podge (I make my own, you can see it in the corner of the picture.  I found the recipe on Pinterest).  Then place the circles back where I had them.

Coat the entire window with a nice layer of Modge Podge.  Be careful not to get the paper too wet because it will ripple.  You can see a couple of my circles did ripple.  If the do, just keep pressing them down with your Modge Podge applicator.

After the window was finished, I went a head and hung it on the wall.  I needed to put it somewhere to dry out of the way and this seemed like the best idea to me.

This is the finished project.  What do you think?  I am happy with it.  I would like to accent it with some smaller items.  I am thinking maybe some letters from our names, or spelling out the word FAMILY or WELCOME and painting it in coordinating colors.  I am open to suggestions. If you have an idea for something that would compliment my window, please share!!!

Y'all come back!
Renee

20 comments:

  1. What a clever idea! Love the colors! Can't wait to look through your blog! ~ Barbara

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  2. What a great idea! I love old windows and doors. Our old house had original windows (from 1928!). Too bad I couldn't take one when we moved. Thanks for linking up to Fabulous Friday!

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  3. Great idea! I love the colors and the circles!

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  4. I LOVE this! It's absolutely adorable! I'm working on a project using old windows right now. I would love for you to link this up to our party http://herestohandyandy.blogspot.com/2012/01/pinteresting-link-party-week-22.html#more

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  5. Fun way to repurpose for sure. Thanks for sharing with my newbie party.

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  6. Another window idea I LOVE! Great work!! :) I'm always looking for new ways to use all my old windows.

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  7. This is awesome! I love decorating with old windows! I'm hosting a winter theme link party today and would love it if you linked up!

    www.serendipityandspice.blogspot.com

    -Melissa

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  8. Hi Renee, this is wonderful. I love old windows. My son did one like this but with mirrors and it looks fabulous. You did a great job. Having the word "Family" added would be nice also. Thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.com/

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    1. Glad to have you Chris. Thanks for popping in. I like the word "Family" as well. Will be jumping over to your blog soon. Thanks for followin!

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  9. This looks great. I love it. I love the color combination. I will keep my eyes open for an old window ;)
    Greetings from Germany
    Catrin

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    1. Hi Catrin, Glad to have you all the way from Germany. There is a young lady that is staying with some friends of ours who is a foreign exchange student from Germany.

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  10. Love this! I have a ton of old windows that I need to do something with. I did use one in my daughters bedrooms with photos of her and scrapbook papers and embellishments. Super fun! Blessings!

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  11. LOVE this....and the timing is awesome! I'm redoing my craft room/woman cave. I am using the same colors! Look at this post link and your mouth will drop!

    http://4you-withlove.blogspot.com/2012/01/chair-makeover-part-2.html

    Happy Thursday!

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  12. Thanks for linking this up last week..I bought an old window and i am trying to figure out what in the world to do with it! I want a circle cutter too!!! I hope they still have them!! Love it!
    Kim@madeinaday
    http://madeinaday.com

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  13. Thank you for sharing with Blog Stalking Thursday! You have been FEATURED! Don't forget to stop by and grab a featured button!

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  14. I love how it came out. Great job!

    I'd love for you to link up and share: http://tutusandteaparties.blogspot.com/search/label/Link%20Party

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  15. Thanks so much for linking up to my Manic Monday link party…it was a huge success! Make sure you check back tomorrow when I feature the top 3 posts. I’ll be hosting another Manic Monday linky party this week- the theme is LOVE. :) www.serendipityandspice.blogspot.com

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  16. That is SO cute!! I love the colors and the circles. I need one of those circle cutters!!

    Thanks so much for linking this up!! You rock! :)

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  17. That's how beautiful old windows should be recycled. :) The turquoise colored circles added more life to your window, Renee. Isn’t recycling windows fun?

    Randell Jeffries

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  18. Very artistic! For me, you can paint the frame in any color you wish. Then, you can put the word welcome at the center and put some glitters on it, so it will add a shiny shimmering effect. :)
    {Becky Steele}

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