From The Desk of Clearissa Coward’s Command Center
Old Windows – New Love
This is going to be a relatively short post, but I just had to share this easy project with you. And when I say easy…I really mean it. Even more important, other than windows, you probably have everything else laying around your home and if you are like me, you may even have old windows.
In my last post, I sort of gave you a peek at the change in the dining room. So let’s get this party started (today is my birthday, thus the reference to partying). If you have been with me for a minute, you know that I love switching things up in my dining room, and over the years, it has changed quite a bit. Everything has changed except for the pictures on the wall. They have been the same for at least six or moe years. Yes, I know that is quite a while and a change was needed. I am also trying to brighten up some of the colors in my home as well.
These are the pictures that were on the wall before the change. There were two – one on each side of the entry into the dining room. Not bad, right? I wish you could actually see the picture up close and personal. It’s African American art of an old country church with folks walking to the church on what I am assuming is Sunday morning. I assume it’s Sunday because of the way they are dressed. The background is a Tuscan burgundy and a bit dark but the picture is still one of my favorites. But, it was time for a change.
And this is that same corner. Brighter, right? The difference is amazing.
This is the view of both windows.
A couple of years ago, we had new windows installed and I kept 6 of the old windows. So although I say the project cost me nothing, it really did cost the price of a whole house of replacement windows. 🙂
As I said, this was an inexpensive project.
- Windows – ($0.00 )
- Fishing wire – ($0.00) hubs is a fisherman
- Small wreaths (2) – ($0.00) had in my stash
- Ribbon (I used burlap 2″) – ($0.00) had in my stash
- Varnish – ($0.00) Had in my stash
- Window cleaner – ($0.00) homemade w/vinegar and water
- clean rags – ($0.00) had in my stash
- Varnish – ($0.00) had in my stash
- Paint brush – ($0.00) had in my stash
- Picture hangers – ($3.00)
- Eye hooks
- Paint (only if you want to paint your windows – I did not use)
- Clean the windows
- Touch up the paint (I sanded my windows in some areas and left the paint as it was because I wanted the rustic look but you may not)
- Varnish the windows to seal whether you paint or not
- Allow to dry
- Add eye hook to the back of the window to hold the fishing wire
- Make your bow for your wreaths and secure to the wreath with the fishing wire
- String the wreath with fishing wire and secure to the back of the window (draping the wreath over the front of the window) I hung mine half way the window
- Add the picture hanger (I used the one with teeth)
And that’s that. A new lighter and brighter look. My next step is to brighten up the wall color below the chair rail. I am looking for a good color that will blend well with the Venetian plaster I have above the chair rail. I’m not ready to give that up yet because I love it.
I found the perfect color to replace the paint in our master bedroom and bathroom. I will share that later.
Would you ever use old windows as decor in your home? If not why? If yes, where would you hang them?
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