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Decorating With Old Windows

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I love old windows and I love old maps, so it just seemed to make good sense to use them together!
I was fortunate enough to find some cool old windows at an estate sale. Below is what the window frame looked like when I brought it home.
The first thing I did was remove the screen -- using gloves, wire cutters, and a pliers. The screen was very rusty, so it actually popped off fairly easily, which was a pleasant surprise. :D
Because I was afraid the paint might actually contain lead, I scrubbed it fairly gingerly with a scrub pad and a mixture of vinegar and baking soda. No paint flakes chipped off, and I was amazed at how clean the window frame came!!
Then it was just a matter of stapling the map to the back of the frame. I love all the chippy paint -- it looks like something that was just pulled out of an old barn ... which it was! This old window was definitely worth repurposing!
The map, crate, basket and window were all purchased second hand --- big impact for a couple of bucks!! Please feel free to check out the full post for additional pictures and information. http://www.clockworkinteriors.com/?p=2010

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  • Darlene Gallman
    Darlene Gallman Murrells Inlet, SC
    on Jul 12, 2015

    I have did several windows, mine had glass in them, took glass out and replaced with mirrors, did a crackle finish..

    • Cynthia - Clockworkinteriors
      Cynthia - Clockworkinteriors Woodinville, WA
      on Jul 12, 2015

      @Darlene Gallman That sounds awesome ... would love to see a picture! I just finished up another of the windows ... staining and adding cup label pulls ... old windows are the best!

  • Beth Cason-Sexton
    Beth Cason-Sexton Oregonia, OH
    on Jul 12, 2015

    I love this idea. Just returned from a trip to Florida with 3 of our grandkids, 2 had never seen the ocean before. We drove from Ohio and our youngest , 7 yr. old Sophie loves maps. Always has since a toddler. She has always loved to look at the Atlas in our cars & want to know where we were, etc. Not many youngsters are like that. On this trip we had to stop at every state Welcome Center so she could get her map. I'm thinking maybe I could make something like this for her to recreate our trip using a map or a map from each state in each pane. Thanks for the inspiration & hope you don't mind if I borrow it!! lol

    • Cynthia - Clockworkinteriors
      Cynthia - Clockworkinteriors Woodinville, WA
      on Jul 12, 2015

      @Beth Cason-Sexton You sound like a wonderful Grandmother! If you can handle one more idea -- Find an old bulletin board at a yard sale -- they are everywhere! and you could glue or even tape a map of the U..S. to the cork and then they can "Pin" their travels -- plus, it can also be just a cool, regular bulletin board!

  • Beth Cason-Sexton
    Beth Cason-Sexton Oregonia, OH
    on Jul 13, 2015

    Thank you, Cynthia for your kind words and for another great idea using maps. I will definitely do this one with the cork board. I will be looking for more ideas from you on your website.

  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Jul 13, 2015

    Awesome!

  • Cynthia - Clockworkinteriors
    Cynthia - Clockworkinteriors Woodinville, WA
    on Jul 14, 2015

    Thank you, Hannah!

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