Turn a Broken Old Window Into Charming Decor

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So this has been a marathon makeover for us here, we've been renovating my craft room. I shared the initial build here with you here first on Hometalk way back in 2013 would you believe? The link is at the bottom of this post.

2013 Craft Room Build

It needed an update, extra storage, new flooring (brown paper floor originally) and some new, unique decor.

I first was inspired by the colors in this rug so when it came to decor I wanted accents to tie in with this color scheme.

It was a wintry scene printed on a canvas that got the cogs and wheels in my head turning, hmmm that would match perfectly but I didn't want a plain canvas hung in my room.

I bet the wheels are turning in your head now right? That old window has that little added bit of rustic charm I was looking to add to the canvas, now to merge the two together.

The window was in storage for a bit so it needed a little cleaning first, just some soapy water and a rag...nothing special. Everything was looking easy peasy for this project until....

Pop! There goes the glass, nope I didn't cut myself but I was still in pain knowing I had my window ruined! You see I had big plans for this to replicate a real window with faux shutters and everything but I broke one of them just as I started! To make matters worse now I had broken the window...I will just go with a plan B which happens a lot when crafting. I took the hammer and in my frustration I smashed out the other two panes!! Yep, I did and with no regrets...they'll never get the chance to break on me because I broke them first!

The things we say to console ourselves...moving on because I'm stubborn! Carefully and tediously wearing safety glasses and gloves I removed all of the glass and old caulking, it only took me an hour!!! See no more worry about my hand popping through the glass....it's all gone! 😂

Using my staple remover and some pliers I pulled out all of the staples that attached the canvas to the wooden frame.

I trimmed off some of the width to match up with my window frame size.

Since it was a seasonal image I wanted it to be just temporarily adhered to the window frame therefore I just used some strong tuc tape used in construction to secure it. I want to keep the option open to swap it out with the seasons or as I tire out of the same old view! I next added some picture hanging hardware at the center point of the window width, it was afterall much lighter now without the glass.

My day ended as it started...everything that could go wrong went wrong, I couldn't even cut the tape right! As I said this was towards the end of the reno when you just want to get it all over with! I'm so glad I pushed through all of my blunders because the reward was worth the work!

Here is "the view" I now have added in my craft room, I really like how the old frame pops against the navy colored wall. It's also a nice companion to hang out with my vintage door. My walls are stained, my storage cabinets are built and painted, etc. but the trims and flooring are next in line to complete my room.

I also like how the window frame ties in with my white cabinetry and it certainly adds more character than either the canvas or the window being hung by themselves. The best part ? A canvas doesn't need the glass to protect it anyhow so I really never did "need" the glass...there I feel better! I hope this has inspired you to try adding something unique to your old windows, perhaps a beautiful puzzle or one of your own photos. If you'd like to see more of my craft room makeover be sure to follow along, thanks for stopping by.

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  • Lauren Lund Lauren Lund on Mar 02, 2021

    I’ve considered putting window frames up over a corner sink, but couldn’t think of how or what to use as the scene. This is a fantastically easy, beautiful idea. Thank you for sharing!

    • I'm so happy to hear that, another tip if you are putting them together is to buy a canvas large enough to cut into two pieces to fit both of your windows. I've aso bought on Amazon the canvas print itself, unstretched without a frame, another cheaper alternative for you to check out perhaps? I used this one simply because the colors matched so well and I'll certainly repurpose the frame leftover from the print. Thanks Lauren and your idea sounds super charming!

  • Mary Ramirez Mary Ramirez on Mar 02, 2021

    This is EXACTLY what I've been looking for! My master bedroom has only 2 very tiny, high hung windows. I will use this to open up the space. Thank you!!