How to Decorate With Vintage Windows
If you know me (Vicki), you are aware that I brake for trash. One Saturday morning as I traveled to yard sales, I spotted an aquarium in a trash pile. I quickly braked to pick it up. I didn't notice at first, but sitting with the aquarium were four large vintage windows with the glass intact. I thought, "what the heck, they might be usable for something", so into the Honda they went.
That was also the yard sale day that I found several pieces of oak tongue and groove flooring, a large mantle size piece of cedar and a live edge piece of cypress (all for the bargain price of $15). My car was quite full by the time I loaded it all up. I wasted no time dropping off the aquarium for my grandkids (I had been tasked with finding one and what's better than finding a free one!?) and then took the rest to Steph's house.
I'm never sure how she will react to my "finds," but she liked the windows and decided they'd make a great decor for a blank wall in her house!
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Cleaning the glass and wood was the first step. A good window cleaner and microfiber cloth got the job done.
The frames were sanded just enough to remove some of the chipped paint.
Hardware was removed prior to sanding and then cleaned. WD-40 does a great job cleaning old hardware and stopping the rust.
We painted the frames with a clear poly to keep the white paint from peeling anymore. To create a subtle design, we used a piece of lace and sprayed it with frosted glass paint. Check out a little more detail in this video on our FB page.
The windows were hung on the wall with French cleats.
The lights were randomly taped into place inside the frames.
Steph made a little cover and painted them the wall cover to hide the battery boxes of the fairy lights. The cover also serve as a light switch- just push to control the lights!
Every once in a while it's fun to do a quick upcycle project. This was one of those. We love the look, as it fills Steph's space but doesn't look heavy or overpowering. Another nice feature is we can clean the lace pattern off the glass if we want to give these a different look in the future.
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