A couple weeks ago I saw a bunch of old windows for sale on a Facebook tag sale site.
I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them, and I offered the guy selling them $3 a piece for the whole lot.
He agreed, and I got a whole bunch of them.
I knew exactly what I wanted to do with a couple of them — turn them into picture frames.
Here’s what they looked like when I first got them:
They were white on one side and a maroonish/brown color on the other side.
I wanted to use the white side, but I didn’t want to repaint them. I wanted them to look old and worn, which they already were, but they needed a little cleaning up.
So I sanded them a little with the sander to smooth them out.
Then I sanded any little areas that were flaky by hand.
I screwed two eye hooks into the back of the frame and ran some picture wire through them so I could hang it up when I was done.
Then I washed off the windows, and they were good to go.
Here’s a closer look:
The window panes are kind of an odd size — 9(ish) inches square, and I didn’t have six 8X10 photos I wanted to group together, so I just printed out a bunch of pictures on regular old paper.
I printed some in color from vacations to the beach and also some black and white head shots of the kids from about seven years ago before Number 7 was even born.
I kind of liked the faded look of the pictures on the paper. Plus, I had to cut them and I wasn’t ready to permanently cut any “good” pictures.
So I measured and marked them, and then I cut them all to the same size with a paper cutter.
Next I used regular transparent tape to just tape the pictures into the frame.
And that was it!
Now I have two frames that I LOVE!
You really can’t see the tape unless you are looking for it, and now I can easily change the pictures out if I want at some point down the line. I may even use them to display some of the kids’ art work.
I LOVE how they both look, but I especially love how this one looks in my kitchen.
And each frame only cost me $3!
Next time you come across some old windows or if you have any lying around your house, maybe you can make one for yourself, too.