We purchased a fixer up lake house on Seneca Lake 17 years ago. Little by little we completely gutted it and replaced the windows. We saved the windows thinking there could be some great projects done with them one day.
Well our first family vacation with the grandchildren was to Nags Head in the Outerbanks this past summer. While we were there we had some professional photo’s taken on the beach so I had a lot of pictures and needed a way to display them. I decided to take the windows and make one into a picture frame that would be hung in our cottage with the beach pictures and the second window we could use to display our 40 year old wedding pictures that are in an album packed away. It was a perfect solution! Life is made up of happy memories, pictures & objects it’s only right to display those special moments that make us happy.
Here is how I made these beautiful frames:
I started of by sanding the front of the frames to smooth out the rough edges and remove the paint & stain. Since the back is against the wall, it was not necessary to sand.
I then taped the windows so that I could paint/stain without getting paint on the glass since they are originals from the 40’s and didn’t want to have to do a lot of scraping of paint on the old glass.
I stained one window with 3 coats of left over Behr semi-transparent water proofing Wood Stain, Cape Cod Grey. Painted one with rust-oleum oil base primer (Best for covering paint & especially stain) chose Behr premium plus paint, ultra pure white semi gloss white that was in the basement.
I needed a backing to attach the photos to so I went to Staples, there are various thickness of cardboard for possible backing I chose the thrifty priced poster board and cut to size. Measured and mark where the photographs are to be placed.
Two sided tape to secure the photos to the poster board.
Attach the poster board with staple gun another option would be the fasteners used on picture frames however I used what was available.
Added hangers to the top back of the window and now its ready to hang.
I am very happy with the two happy memories displays!
Looking forward to our next family vacation and update the pictures but first we have to plan one.