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Monday, April 25, 2011

2-in-1 Project Updo

I am on a roll. I've got so many cans of spray paint & surfed so many wonderful blogs. My wheels are turning & there's no stopping me now :D

One of the things I've been finding across the web are old window frame updos. I started kicking myself for getting rid of all those windows last summer. There were a LOT. I'd venture to say no less than 30 or 40 of them. Screen windows, glass windows, window frames, different sizes, etc.

I knew we still had a few doors still in the shed, so I went to take a look. I was hoping one of the doors with the glass panes in them might be suitable for cutting down. Above me in the rafters, something begged me to take a look, and I found a few window frames still hidden away. I squealed in delight & looked around for something to stand on to reach them. Amazingly our step stool had not been taken in from a week & a half before when we were cleaning out the shed. I managed to pull down this, among a few other things.

I wasn't sure when I cleaned it up what I had in mind. I had several ideas, but no idea where they'd take me. I thought of taking out all the glass & putting in hardware cloth. I considered frosting all the panes & attaching items to the panes. I thought of leaving 2 clear, 2 frosted. So many ideas. What I ended up doing was so much simpler & it didn't dawn on me what I wanted to do until the last minute.

While I was working on my Scrappy Shelf, I found 3 shadow box style pictures that I wanted to updo as well.... Take note of the green one in the middle :D

Here's the sequence.....

After I cleaned the window with vinegar & a cloth, I used various tool to get out the brittle & nasty pieces of trim that were holding the glass in. Thankfully, the brittle pieces were only on 2 sides of each pane, leaving 2 perfectly sturdy & strong pieces to hold the glass. Keenan wanted to be my photographer the evening I did this. He must have taken 40 pictures. Lucky for you, I only chose the few better ones :D

At some point in time, my darling boy brought me his authentic construction helmet "in case it falls on you, Mom." What a doll!! <3 <3

All done cleaning the brittle trim out!!!

My helper & photographer offered to vacuum up the mess.

One of my other handsome fellas came along & posed for a picture.

While my baby was cleaning up my mess, I scrounged for the caulk gun & found a tube of silicone caulk already open. On the sides that I'd removed the trim, I lightly caulked the edges of the panes.

Once that had dried, I taped & primered the window frame with brush on primer. I was going to go for a distressed white or cream to begin with.

Then I decided since I had already done an antique mirror in semi-gloss black, I'd do the window frame the same, since they'd be in the same room.

After the black coats were done, I removed the tape & started playing with the frosted window spray. I practiced on a couple panes and learned not to spray faux frosting while it's angled up. It ran :-(

No biggie. I broke out the 2 frosted panes. I knew now (after more practice) how to faux spray frost windows.

Oh, look at that! Is that? Was that? Yup, that's the green frame from above. I sprayed that in Satin Nickel, then slightly distressed it.

Then I adhered a piece of burlap cut to size to the inside piece of board, strung some silver beads onto safety pins & using a needle, I threaded some thread through the burlap & tied the safety pins down. "Love, Faith, Joy" (You can click this pic to enlarge it).

Then I laid my window frame on the floor & played for about a minute.

And up on the wall my new & simple masterpiece went.

We're quite chuffed with it. Hubba loves it, too!!!

This post is part of the following linky parties & blog carnivals:


Sew Can Do, Craftastic Mondays





Beyond The Picket Fence


Michell @ Girl In Air said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog.....I'm hoping to re-create that little phone and write up a tutorial

I love your window...I can't wait to find some old windows and re-vamp them....

Are you still in Wy? What part? I'm in Sheridan

Michelle said...

I've had a picture frame project in mind, you have motivated me to start it tomorrow. (always tomorrow right? LOL) I'd love for you to link up at DIY Thrifty Thursday @ wwww.thrifty101.blogspot.com

Andrea . Charcoal and crayons said...

Looks great! I'll have to keep my eye out for some old windows. Thanks for sharing.

AmieAnn said...

These look awesome! What a great way to upcycle your old windows and display your artwork! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party!

Karin said...

GREAT! I just pinned the "Love, Faith, Joy" shadowbox pic to my Pinterest Board. I love the pics on your post, too. My boys like to get involved in my crafting, as well! ;)