>The story of a beaten down window who was given a second chance…

>I bought this window at a yardsale for $2

I just imagine a big sad face on it. Like she was left out in the cold with no one to care for her. She didn’t even have a price tag on her…I had to ask an old man, who said, “Oh, I don’t know…$2?” I snatched her up and gave her some TLC.

But, she was a little worse for the wear. She was incredibly dirty. My husband even turned up his nose saying, “You have never brought anything more disgusting into our house.” WOW! Harsh words. But she seriously had layers and layers of dirt and dust on her…plus old spider webs, dead bugs, and who knows what else! But under all of that grime, she really wasn’t too bad! She’s still very structurally sound, and just needed a good scrub-down.

I sanded her (by hand) to get some more of the stubborn dirt off.

Looking better already, right?

Then, I taped on the sides of the glass panes, and painted her with some white paint I got for 50 cents at Lowes. I also gave the windows a really good scrub-down…they really were in great shape!
Ooooh, so much better.

Next, I mixed some brown and tan paints (leftover from old projects) and painted this stencil on that I got from Hobby Lobby clearance ($1.08).

Ahh! I mixed “bark brown” and “vintage white”…and somehow it made pink…?! SO WEIRD! But the more I looked at it, the more I didn’t really mind. Not really what I envisioned, but that’s OK.

I bought some “antique-y” damask scrapbook papers at Hobby Lobby for this project, and I taped them with some plain tan paper on the backs of the windows…


I’m not sure why the paper in the middle looks sooo much lighter in the photos…it doesn’t look that drastically different in person!

Then, because I didn’t want it to be too “clean”…I antiqued the frame by glazing…

Then, I screwed in some hooks I got from Hobby Lobby, attached picture wire to the back…and here it is!


Some details…

Like it?! I am so excited to dig out my scarves … this will be used to hang them in my bedroom!


Cost breakdown:

Window: $2

Paint: $0.50

Scrapbook paper: $1.77

Stencil: $1.08

Hooks: $8.97

Total Cost: $14.32

One more thing…don’t forget to enter my give-away! It ends on Friday…I’ll announce the winner on Saturday! You guys are the BEST! 🙂

Comments
46 Responses to “>The story of a beaten down window who was given a second chance…”
  1. Rhiannon says:

    >ooh how i luve that! looks great!

  2. K says:

    >OMGoodness! Jealous! I'll be on the lookout for old windows now!

  3. Kendall says:

    >I LOVE this! It's beautiful! I love how creative people are getting with windows and doors- I've been keeping an eye out- but no luck! Thanks so much for the congrats! You are so sweet!-Kendall{songbirdsandbuttons.blogspot.com}

  4. Martha anne says:

    >Love the idea! I have been dying to do this but put pictures in the windows like an antique frame. But I love the hook idea. If only I could find a window. Jealous!

  5. >Love projects with old windows! Yours looks awesome- I love the paper you choose and how you added hooks to the bottom. Genius!

  6. >Nice job with the stencils and glaze! 🙂

  7. Leanne says:

    >You did a beautiful job. It turned out so great. I'm hosting We're Organized Wednesday until Saturday and would love for you to join the party. There's a great giveaway too. http://organizeyourstuffnow.com

  8. Katie says:

    >That is an adorable make over. Thanks for the comment and that chest was only $40!! Can you believe it?! That is why I had to get it!

  9. Lauren K. says:

    >I am incredibly impressed! I love your creativity and enjoy reading your blog. I get so inspired! I wish I could find as good of deals as you do. Have a blessed day!

  10. >I'm so jealous of your AMAZING find! TWO dollars?? That is awesome.

  11. Alyssa says:

    >Two bucks? I'm always on the lookout for old windows and don't see them around here. Can't blame you for snatching it up, and I love that's you've added the hooks.

  12. Chrissy says:

    >What a great idea! I love it. And it's so inexpensive.Chrissy

  13. >What a great idea!! I love this…so creative. Thank you for sharing.God Bless,Kathleen

  14. >Fantastic job- it came out so darling! I love old windows and love to find new ways to use an old architectural piece. This is gorgeous! I host a decorating inspiration party -Feathered Nest Friday- at my blog on the weekends if you would like to join in sometime. Great project!! 🙂

  15. >This turned out fabulous! I need to find an old window asap!Hannah @ http://youngancrafty.blogspot.com/

  16. >I so want to make one of these! I need to find an old window…

  17. >What a great transformation. She looks all young and stylish now.Great Job!

  18. Kristin says:

    >That is really beautiful! I love old windows. I just bought one at a flea market and put a mirror in it. It sits above my fireplace 🙂

  19. >Great buy!!! I love what you did with it! Visiting via DIY showoff[note to self: Those are the windows which are currently on my 1912 house!!]

  20. Jill says:

    >Great idea! Another fabulously thrifty and classy project! Thanks so much for linking to A Round Tuit this week!Hope you have a lovely week.Jill @ Creating my way to Successhttp://jembellish.blogspot.com/

  21. >Great salvaging project! Had to post about it on http://www.uglythenpretty.com

  22. >I love how it turned out! Great find!

  23. Melissa says:

    >Very cute and such a great idea!Melissahttp://www.burstsofcreativity.blogspot.com/

  24. >Great Job! Turned out beautiful. Love those finds that turn into something great. I posted an old window turned into a mosaic today on my blog. My window was 5.00 not 2.00. You did better than I did! Have a blessed day.

  25. LBT says:

    >Thank you so much for the inspiration I now have to locate an old window. I can't wait to try this out! Love it!!!Angelenehttp://littlebuggietutu.blogspot.comP.S. Found you from Polly Want A Crafter=)

  26. Cristie says:

    >What a great piece. I love the idea of the paper behind the glass. Have a great day!

  27. Joselyn says:

    >I think I have a few of these sitting in my garage. Thanks for the inspiration!

  28. >Love it…. It looks amazing… Please come link it up to my linky party…hugs,loulou

  29. >Christina, I love this idea. Your window turned out fabulous – great finishing techniques. Such a neat piece. I featured this today. Stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Thanks so much for linking to The Sunday Showcase. I greatly appreciate it. Hope you enjoy your week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  30. >I love what you did with that window. Looks amazing! Your idea brought up so many other possibilities too. Love the idea of scrapbook paper in the windows.So cute.Brooke

  31. >What a great idea for an old window. Very pretty!

  32. Sommer says:

    >Totally cute! Found you at The Shabby chic cottage =) I have a window just like this sitting in the garage that I was going to hang as is, all weathered and such but I'm lovin this idea! Thanks

  33. >I love it! Pretty and practical!

  34. Ashley says:

    >What a fabulous transformation!

  35. Biljana says:

    >Wow!!Great Project, it looks amazing, bravo:))Greetings from Europe, Biljana

  36. >Im your newest follower! Follow me at http://craftycierra.blogspot.com/Let me know if you are interested in doing a blog swap with me CierraLarsen@hotmail.com

  37. >Love this idea. The scrap book paper really finish the window off. Too cute!!!I hope you can stop by my blog and show off your project to my readers on my Show Off Sunday Party. http://houseofthriftydecor.blogspot.com/2010/10/show-off-sunday-party_24.html

  38. Megan says:

    >This is so cute!! I love it!!!

  39. >Ha! It's absolutely terrific, Christina! So what does hubs say now? Hopefully, he's eating a bit of humble pie. ;)Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottagehttp://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com

  40. >I am visiting from the CSI. I am enteries number 86, 87, 88 and 89. It still looks awesome.Cheri from http://www.itssoverycheri.com and http://www.thediyclub.com

  41. >This is darling! You did a great job 🙂

  42. Brandi says:

    >Such a neat idea and a great makeover!

  43. >Wow, I love the damask scrapbook paper touch on this. It really makes it elegant, yet rustic. 🙂 I have some windows like this down in my basement. Maybe one day I'll get ambitious and make them into something beautiful like you did. :)Cheers,Tracy All Thumbs Crafts

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