Creative Decorating Ideas Using Old Windows
A Room With A View
Have you ever wished
you had a great view right outside your bedroom window but all you see when you
wake up in the morning is the wall of the next-door neighbor's house? Well then
follow these easy steps to create your own window with a great view.
What You Will Need for This Decorating Project:
- Put the window on the floor and put the
poster or picture on it so that the front is facing down.
1. An old window preferably with the glass still
intact. You can find
these at flea markets or
2. Poster or picture with a pretty view large
enough to put behind the
3. 2 mug hooks
4. 1 nail
6. 10 thumbtacks
If you want to paint the window, do this before moving on to the first step. You
should consider though that sometimes the weathered, antique look adds a lot of
How to Get This Look:
- Use the thumbtacks to attach the picture or poster to the window.
- Make sure the picture is right side up.
- Lean the window against the wall so that you are looking at the back.
- Put the 2 mug hooks on the back of your window in the top corners.
- Make sure the opening for the mug hooks is
- Use the wire to create a "hanger" for the
window. Secure the two ends of the wire on the mug hooks.
sure there is a lot of excess wire so that when you hang the window the wire
creates a triangle
with 4-inch sides.
- Hammer the nail into the wall where you
want your window.
- You can now add window treatments to it just as you would a normal window
or wrap silk flower garlands around the wire.
Old windows can be used in a variety of ways. Here are just a few more
creative ideas for the old window and a plain wall.
Decoupage pressed flowers on the different panes of glass. Try using whole
flowers or just petals for an interesting country garden look.
Decoupage postcards from around the world into the panes or pictures of a
favorite city, like Paris.
Paint the frame to match your child's room. Attach clothespins (also painted
in a coordinated color) all around the outside of the window. As you child
grows attach school pictures to the panes and let them
use the clothespins to showcase their drawings, report cards and other
mementos. When the child graduates you have a ready-made decoration.
Make etched glass designs in the panes or make faux stained glass out
of the windowpanes. Your local craft store should have everything you
need to do this, from instructions to materials.
Use the window to create a fun decorative piece in the kitchen. Get a shelf
the same width as the window and paint it the same color. Put the shelf on
the wall just above the window so they look like one piece. Put mug hooks
evenly spaced along the bottom of the window frame and use them to hold cute
mugs, wire whisks, ladles, potholders or other items. Put recipe books along
with a few decorative items that match your kitchen on the shelf, such as a
vase of flowers, decorative plates or a nice clock.
Kathy Burns-Millyard. This article is provided courtesy of The Do It
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