Recycled Window Picture Frame ~ Our Fairfield Home and Garden

Barb Rosen
by Barb Rosen
Don't pass by that discarded wooden window in the trash. Turn it into a Recycled Window Picture Frame!
Finished Recycled Window Picture Frame
Old wooden windows can be repurposed into many wonderful, useful things. We have a greenhouse made from repurposed windows and I saved a few extra windows out for other projects. Let friends and family know you are looking, check salvage stores and call window replacement companies to locate old windows for free or cheap.

Here's part of my little window stash. Several of my vintage finds will become picture frames to display my own art work.
Old windows can be repurposed!
Clean the frame, let it dry and then whitewash it with white indoor or outdoor paint. I do this with a very dry brush (dip the brush in the paint and then wipe most of the paint off on the side of the can). Wipe the paint off as you go on the frame with an old rag or paper towel so some of the color underneath shows through. Let it dry thoroughly.
Paint with a dry brush!
Sanding the frame will yield a distressed finish with some of the original color showing through. This is best done outside or in a well-ventilated area as it causes a bit of dust.
Sand the frame for a distressed look!
Measure and make a cardboard template that fits in a window pane. Use the cardboard template to cut out three more cardboard pieces that will be the backing behind the pictures. Make sure to measure carefully! Now use the cardboard template to cut the prints to size.
Make a template for trimming pictures!
Insert pictures and then cardboard backing. Secure with glazier points using the flat end of a putty knife to push them into the panes.
Insert trimmed pictures and backing!
Additional details and pictures can be seen on my post. If you are interested in seeing more prints of my original bird watercolors and purchasing them, just contact me through my blog link below! Thanks so much! Barb
Barb Rosen
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