My Gallery Wall of Old Windows

Jennifer Allwood
by Jennifer Allwood
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Putting to good use some of the old windows that I've been collecting in the basement for years and years!
We've been working diligently to transition our home from the gold and brown color palette to the grays and creams. If anyone ever tells you it's not hard to do, don't listen to them! Changing the entire color scheme of your home is allllllllllot of work. But also, well worth it.
Last year at this time our living room wall looked like this. Ok, so perhaps it was "a little much", but I LOVED it. I love gallery walls. I like totally wanna marry them I love them so much.

But now that we have new furniture and a new color scheme, I wanted ANOTHER gallery wall, just "toned" down a bit.

So, I decided to put to good use some of the 1,716 old windows that I have in the basement (anyone else have a window obsession?).
First we laid them out on the floor in an attempt at a pseudo plan. I wanted frame colors that weren't identical but blended.8
And we started with the largest in the middle first and worked our way out from there. In the middle of the hanging the first window, my friend Jen swung by the house and I put her to work cuz' when you show up at the Allwood house, you may end up on social media (find my Jennifer Allwood Facebook page with over 150K people!). Ha! Jen is such a good sport!
Yes, my husband Mr Magic literally drilled long screws right into the frames of the windows and right into the wall. We couldn't have the windows falling off onto the sofa and hurting someone! And I'm not afraid of a few holes to repair down the road.
And there it is. My new gallery wall of windows. With a pop of color on the wreath.

Sidenote: yes, I know that one window IS covering the cold air return vent and according to a few people on my Facebook page..... that's apparently highly frowned upon in the heating and cooling industry??? So, I am planning on taking that top frame down ONLY to knock out the glass and then hang it right back up. I hate wall vents and tend to decorate as though they just are not even there.

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Happy decorating!

Jennifer Allwood
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  • Pam supenia Pam supenia on Oct 01, 2018

    Yikes! How do you keep all that glass clean? Frames yes! Glass no way

  • Cookie Cookie on Oct 09, 2020

    Why can't you just put a Sunnyside under the vent? Like the ones on the left side? Just thinking outloud! Lol

  • Joanie Joanie on Dec 13, 2020

    I need new windows through out my house.....I'll buy a couple? lol. Why don't you re think this project? Put some finished puzzles in them or some beautiful pictures?

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  • Bleach Bleach on Sep 07, 2018

    Love this. Thanks for the inspiration. Anyone else notice the horse head in the pic where they’re hanging the frames?

  • Debbie Eagan Fogel Debbie Eagan Fogel on Sep 22, 2018

    Loved this!! I might do this in my kitchen. I collect Roosters. Thought I could cover each individual frame with chicken wire. We are building a new pole barn home and it would be awesome.