Monday, November 8, 2010

New Life for an Old Window

Still finishing up those projects I started before I went to Uganda.  It feels so good getting stuff done!  Like spring cleaning, but it happens to be fall.  Anywho, before I left for Africa to meet my precious son I painted this old window Mike had brought home from a job site knowing I would love to find a creative use for it.  I decided I wanted to paint it black and put pictures of my precious baby in it behind the glass.  Unfortunately I didn't have a ton of pictures of him at that point and all of the ones I had were in frames around the house.  I decided to wait until I had more pictures to finish it.  I blogged about this particular window less than two weeks before I left.  You can read about it here.
 I painted the window black (after a terribly ugly attempt at distressed green.  It was horrid and I refuse to re-post it, so if you want to see it you will have to go to the link to the original post above!).
 I love the way the black looked.  That is the best part about a painted project.  If you hate it you can always re-paint it!
 I left the original hardware on top of the window and at the bottom I added some decorative hooks to hang mementos or holiday decorations from.  When we move, if I decide to hang it in the entry or mudroom we could hang coats and umbrellas from it.  The options are endless!
 For this house I decided to hang it in the staircase that has been getting a makeover.
 I am really loving it!  It is my new favorite up-cycled project at the moment!
 It holds adorable pictures of my little man from his 10 month photo shoot right after we finally got home from Africa.
 Such a stinkin' cute little baby and I love the original way to display his precious photos!
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Chrystie said...

Might want to check your spelling for "window" in your title, ha ha! :) Love what you did w/the window!! The pics look great in it! I REALLY LOVE where you put it!!! It looks great there! :) Looking good! :)

Mike and Sarah said...

LOL, Thanks Chrystie. I fixed the title. Oops! Don't know how that happened. Thanks for taking the great pictures! :) I am loving it too.

AmieAnn said...

Sarah! I love your window redo! I have been checking the neighborhood on garbage days for old windows to use for a similar project! Yours came out adorable and I just LOVE the pics of your son! Thanks for linking up to the Pink Hippo Party.. hope to see you next week!

Melissa said...

Awesome project! Love the pictures :) Thanks for checking out Greener Grass. You could try checking Ebay for some mason jars with zinc tops...they are usually really inexpensive.

Melissa said...

That is so great! I have two windows that I want to do something with. I love this idea. Thanks for sharing over Tuesday Tell All!

Mike and Sarah said...

Thanks AmieAnn. I have seen windows on Craigslist in the past. You might want to Check there if your neighborhood garbage days don't pan out :) I just discovered the Pink Hippo today. Hope to have another project ready for next week!

Melissa, I loved that mason jar project on your blog. I will keep my eye out at thrift stores and check ebay if I don't find any. Such a cute idea!

Melissa, thanks. I just discovered your blog today. I love your ideas. I have several windows that I have enjoyed playing with. My favorite idea was someone who hung a window from their kitchen ceiling. It was parallel to the ceiling and she screwed hooks to the bottom and used it for a pot rack. I am so doing that someday when I have a bigger kitchen!

DANA said...

That is awesome! I would love for you to come link up at my Strut Your Stuff Linky Party!

Sarah said...

I love the way you displayed photos of such a precious baby!
God's blessings,
Sarah :D

Mike and Sarah said...

Thanks Dana, I linked up to your party!

Sarah, he is such a blessing to us, thanks for your kind words!

Jami said...

I love how this turned out. It will be a special piece of your family story. :)

Kristen @ said...

Oh how cute! Thanks so much for linking up with Handmade Tuesdays and come by and link up next week!!

Kim said...

Very cute! I have been searching for ideas for old windows and this is one of my favorites so far. Do you mind sharing how you "attached" the photos?

Aleah @ said...

I just posted my uses for old windows today and saw your link on a link party. Your windows look awesome! I didn't repaint any of mine when using them, but I think I even used the same hooks you used on your black frame. :) They look awesome!

Erin said...

I love how your window turned out!! Great family photos too!! :)

Aleah @ said...

Your window looks great - and I love the hooks! Adorable little boy you have showcased in there too! Thanks for popping into my blog recently. Glad you liked the new ideas for old windows :) (I also answered your question about the glass or no glass)