A Faux Window Hides the Real Window

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We bought a house that has an alcove room that we call the Hobbit room  because it's such a small quirky space. Our granddaughter has claimed the room but we're still deciding what we want to do here.

The window is a bit problematic and as you can see it's more the type of window for a garage. It's an odd horizontal sliding window that is flush against the wall. I want to change it out for a more appropriate window at some point but for now I just wanted to hide it. Yet we needed light in the room sometimes. Sometimes you just need to think outside the box.
So my husband made a simple wood frame.

Very simple.
We painted the frame white to blend into the canvas print....
We chose a canvas like this that has faux windows opening onto a magical looking scene.
And attached the wood frame
Added hinges to the wall and framed canvas.
When shut the room is completely dark. Opening it slightly gives a bit of light.
Opening it more let's even more light in. It can be opened completely or shut tightly against the wall for darkness. It works well and is a nice quirky addition to the room.

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  • If the window is flush against the old one, how does it open out like that? Did you bump it out from the wall?

  • Sho15082433 Sho15082433 on Sep 22, 2018

    so the faux canvas picture doesn't move up? it stays stationery?


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  • Carrie Carrie on Feb 23, 2019

    This is beautiful! I have a tiny room where the cat litter box and craft supplies are stored. I don't care how it looks inside, but I wonder if this idea would work facing outward so no one can see in, as the window is at eye level and I don't want blinds or curtains in that room.

  • Elizabeth Elizabeth on Feb 28, 2019

    Looks great! The hinges idea are the icing on the cake. I would have never thought of using them.