Friday, May 4, 2012

Repurposed Window Picture Display

The windows were free . . . they were sitting outside of the college house my daughters are living in and no one wanted them so they came home with me.  They had been outside a long time and were covered in grass, paint, dirt, doo . . .

 After a good scrubbing, I used Goof Off to remove as much of the old paint and other assorted 'stuff' from the glass then taped them off and painted with flat, white paint using a dry brush technique so as not to lose the 'worn' look.  I distressed a bit more and added some dark and clear wax until I liked the look.

 After spray painting eye hooks white, I added some chain that I bought and hung pictures using the screw back-type vintage earrings.  This picture was taken while my daughter was studying in India last year.

 Here is our other daughter  . . . she's studying in Spain right now.  (They're identical twins)

Here's my son and daughter-in-law . . . they're wedding was last August.  I got these prints from Snapfish (who I HIGHLY recommend!).  They are so reasonable.  I got all of these reprints plus 10 more for 2.59 and that included the shipping.  A little tip:  To keep the photos from curving, I just attached them to cardstock and trimmed them off which made them nice and flat to hang.

I have a feeling that these windows are going to become like my "dress up doll" ladder  . . . always changing with the seasons and holidays.  But for now, I like them just plain and simple.


  1. What a lovely way to upcycle old windows. They were so well made and so much effort put into them it's lovely when they can have a new life. Very well done and thanks for sharing.

  2. Love the chain & vintage earing photo holders.

  3. Lauren what an adorable idea!! You are so creative! PS Your family is wonderful!

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  4. Good eye for seeing what no one else wanted!! And the price...Perfect! Goodness, I never find anything this great and I love the pictures in it


  5. What a great find!! I love what you did with them. The pictures are great; what a cute family you have. :)

  6. What a wonderful find! I love how you hung the pictures, so unique! I'm now a follower!

  7. I love what you did with the window and the very clever way you've displayed your photos. What a good looking family you have! Nice job!

  8. Hi Lauren,

    Great score! I love how you displayed them with gorgeous pictures of you and your family.


  9. What a great project! I love how you used the earrings as clips to hold the photos!

  10. You did an amazing looks fabulous! What a pretty project! Angie xo

  11. Bingo! Great repurpose and those photos are beautiful. Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

  12. I did a similar project for Fathers Day last year for my husband.... I like your idea of adding the chain/vintage earrings!

  13. Lauren,
    Love how you used these very cute!!



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