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Window Frame from trash to treasure

I picked up this window frame at The Community Forklift. On Fridays, the normally priced 5 buck area is totally FREE but only on Fridays. You better believe I'll be stopping by every Friday from now on.

I've actually been looking for one of these old window frames, odd thing to be looking for but I had this idea a long time ago and now it's complete! It is at the top of our stairs and my hubby and I both are in love with it. Oh yeah the kids like it too since they are in the photos :)

I lightly sanded the whole thing to chip away some of the old (aka:toxic) paint. I then took a dry, cheap and I always do this style of painting with cheap brushes because they don't give good coverage and that is exactly what I want. I would dip the tips in the white flat wall paint and then tap the brush on a piece of scrap paper and lightly and randomly brush on the frame. I wanted to keep the frame looking distressed but it was a tad too dark and yucky in some corners for my taste.
I measured each frame window and then cut card stock and went to town designing each square. I chose a spring theme and the plan is to pull these out when I tire of looking at them and then make new designs for another season. I love that it will constantly be changing. And it's a great way for people to see the scrapbook pages I design when they are in our house instead of forcing them to flip through the albums. Yes I do force some people, grandparents especially.
Trash to treasure... and treasure it I will.


Nikki said...

I LOVE it!

CindyLooHoo said...

Wow Gretch! What a fantastic project!!! Love it!!

Jane said...

Found this on flickr and had to read all about it! So cool!

Navita (Gupta) Hakim said...

gosh who wud ve thot of tht..i am newly married so lot of house decor thing going on..ur site is a must visit...
glad i found u here...i have a blog..but its ll about

Dannielle said...


I have four of these sitting in my shed awaiting my hand at doing this exact same thing next summer! Now I have an inspiration point to refer to when I start creating! I might have to come sneak a look at yours in person though!

Gretchen said...

Of course Dannielle, you are more than welcome to come take a lookie :)

Amanda Jean said...

what a wonderful way to use an old window!


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