January 02, 2012

Old Window Turned Picture Frame

We're back to crafting again now!  Thanks for your patience last week as I posted announcements without crafts.  Don't worry.  I got lots of projects and plans lined up for the new year.

My sister Cassie bought me a really cool, old window for my birthday last summer.  It sat in my garage for a long time - not because I didn't like it, but because I had to figure out the way I wanted to use it.  I thought about using a vinyl phrase and I thought about pictures.  I thought of a lit of different things and then kept coming back to pictures with a phrase.  So, here's how it turned out.


Here's what I did.
I printed off six 8x10 photos.  I had to trim them to fit, but that was the closest size to the window panes.  I added a little brown metallic paper under the photos to cover the unfilled area.


I used this really fancy product to get the photos to stay.  It's called scotch tape :)


Then I cut some vinyl with my Silhouette and used transfer tape to apply it.


After that I got a bit girly and added some embellishments.  I made flowers like THIS TUTORIAL and cut paper leaves.  I also added this little glass scrapbook embellishment I found at Hobby Lobby.


The chipping paint and the hardware on the window give it a lot of character.


Plus, I love having one more place to display family photos.  Katie Dudley took our photos and I was SO happy with her work.  

I'm slowly converting the office to my craft area.  My sister had these awesome curtains she wasn't using and the desk was the first project I did for the space.  The window will hang above it.


My parents have this quote up on their wall and I liked it so much that I wanted to use it too.  I think it'll be a great reminder as I sit and sew and think.


There will definitely be more office projects to come.  I also have big plans for a little area by the piano where our dining room table used to be.  It involves a pew, which I have been hunting for for months and months and finally scored to $20!  

Thanks for stopping by.

36 comments:

Heather said...

This is so fantastic. I love everything about it. I have been trying to get my hands on some old windows for something similar but so far no luck.

The Miller Five said...

I love that! I didn't notice the flowers until you pointed them out. Glad you did, because they are gorgeous! I'm excited to see what you are making with the pew!

Lynette @ My Craft Discovery said...

I absolutely love that window. Gorgeous! I think I need to make me that quote somewhere in my house, but I love how you used family pictures to portray the message! Love that. And I just have to say, thanks a ton for the sillhouette tutorials and the 'simple,' videos. Mine's coming this week, and because of your suggestions I already have played around with the software and have been downloading the free images. :) Thanks for such a great blog.

Kristín Hrund said...

This one looks so pretty! Old wood is just wonderful... I really like the quote and the flowers are so cute!
I´ve been wanting to do something with photos and drift-wood myself...

Alsacianne said...

Love it! Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year to you!

Michael and Rachelle said...

Love it...the pictures, the quote, everything!

Avery's Mama said...

Did you use your tape to stick the pictures to the glass or to the wood? I have a similar window and tried the same thing, but was not satisfied with the result.

The Olive Tree Blog said...

adorable! Love that quote!

CB said...

I love old windows. I've had an antique white window with 6 panes up in my entry way for 10 years now. I have pictures on mine too. It is one of my most favorite things in my house and everyone who comes in my door loves it!
Yours turned out darling with the vinyl.
The one thing I would mention is to test the paint for lead. I use alot of older painted stuff around my home and much of it was painted before they stopped using lead paint.
You can buy a test kit at any hardware store!

Finding Home said...

One of my favorite project I have seen in a while! I am expecting my family photos to arrive Today!!! Maybe I will have to find an old window and be inspired by your project!

Take care,Laura

Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants said...

Cheri, I love it! Love the quote and the pics and your little added touches. Truly a great reminder. I may need to tatoo it to my forehead!:)

Krystal said...

I completely love it!!!

Unknown said...

Cheri, I absolutely love this! The words are so true! I will be on the look out for an old window so I can make one. Thanks for sharing this wonderful project!!!

Unknown said...

Get out, Cheri!! This is too, too cute ~ great idea. Doesn't help that you have a beautiful family too. I've been meaning to pop over and tell you how excited I am for you to be on Martha Stewart! OMG ~ you must be beyond thrilled. I can't wait to hear about the whole experience!

Hope you guys had a very Merry Christmas and have a wonderful 2012!

Lindsay

Jen said...

This looks amazing. I have been wanting to do a window/picture frame for a while - already have the pictures picked out! I love the addition of the vinyl and flowers on yours!

amanda said...

Thanks for sharing this! Def. want to doou have this. As always you have great ideas.

Amanda said...

That is so cute! What a great way to use an old window. I love the quote!

Jen @ frazzled 5 said...

This is AMAZING!! I love it!

M-J said...

This looks great! What a unique idea, and lovely photos of your family.

Shanna aka Eli n Lucas's mommy said...

Love this so much. I have some old windows and have been waiting for the perfect quote. Thanks...I'll be making one like this for my house :-).

Sara said...

hi! totally off subject, but where did you get the curtains in the background of these photos?

Jennifer said...

I think it was great that you waited for the perfect way to use the window. It came out awesome :-)

Anonymous said...

So Awesome! I have 2 windows like this, more square, that have been sitting on my porch since september! i wanted to put photos in them too! so excited now you have inspired me to get up off my tookus and do it!! Thank you!

TT said...

Couldn't understand (duh) how you got the lettering onto the pics. Could you explain pl?

Trulie Julie said...

Another great use for an old window! wow! It's great! I recently took an old barn window and put a magnet board and cork board in the two bottom panes...it's great..check it out at my page...Trulie Julie!

Unknown said...

Bellissima idea. Brava
Simona

Adventure said...

Where do you find windows like that??? Online maybe? a store? I've been looking forever for one but with no luck!

iammommahearmeroar said...

I found that one at a junk/salvage yard. You can also find them in antique shops.

Cheri

stacy said...

That is awesome looking!!!!!, I just have to caution you, when you use old windows or doors please use some type of clear coat varnish over the paint, more than likely is has lead based paint and if it chipping and peeling is becomes a hazard to your family, especially if you hang this in your home. I love the look of the rustic wood and peeling paint but i just cover mine with a clear coat so none of the paint can fall off into my home.

Jody Ranisate said...

What software do you use to put this on the window and what kind of paper?

LaLau said...

Saw this a bit late in the year, but I LOVE this. It's absolutely gorgeous!

Unknown said...

I really like your project. I am surprised that there is only one comment about the high probability that the white paint has high lead content. Especially white paints have lead. Small children breath dust that scrapes off in tiny amounts and have elevated lead in their blood. Lead damage to children is irreversible. Please make sure to take all precautions when using old windows. My neighbor's baby got lead poisoning simply from living in an older apartment with lead paint on the window frames.

TheFancyFritter said...

Love, love, love this idea! I shared your blog & pic in my blog about old windows today & just wanted to let you know! So cute & creative! http://thefancyfritter.blogspot.com/2013/01/old-windows.html

Dianne Morgan said...

I have had several old windows for years in the attic, planning to put antique family pictures in it. Maybe this will motivate me to her her done.

Cjoy2day said...

I have some old windows like this but am going to strip and sand and then repaint with chalk paint in two colors and wax. Love the quote and idea!!

Kelly @ IdealistMom.com said...

This is so adorable! Now I just need to be on the lookout for an old window. :) Pinning it now!

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