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January 3, 2012

Old Window, Big Picture



Yes, I have finished yet another old window project.  I just LOVE them!
This window was another side-of-the-road find...and it is in EXCELLENT condition.  The paint isn't even peeling!  (At least, not like some of the others I have...)



I have seen a bunch of windows like this used as picture frames, but they always have a small picture in each section.  I wasn't too big on that idea - but when I saw this pin on Pinterest - I loved the idea of a large picture covering the whole thing.
And do you want to know something great?!  This project cost me a total of $2.11 (!!!)



At Staples - they will make a black and white poster, on regular printer type paper, for $2.11!
I emailed my picture over to the copy center, indicated the dimensions that I wanted it to be enlarged to, and picked it up a day later.  So easy! (Wait, isn't that their slogan? :) )

I made a "template" for each section with scratch paper - because each section had its own slightly unique shape.  I marked them "upper left", "upper middle", "upper right", etc. and then took them all off. 

Then I positioned my poster where I wanted it, to get a sense of where to cut out my sections.  I had to put it slightly off center so that the separations weren't right down their noses.  For this reason, I had the poster made a little wider than I needed it, so I had the option to move it left or right. 

Here is the back side of the step from the picture above.  As you can see, the poster is just set on the back and barley taped to hold it in position. 
While it was taped this way, I carfully marked the location of each section (just little dashes where each pane of glass started and ended), so I would know where to trace my "templates" from above.


Here you can see it all traced out.  The rectangles that go in the window panes are NOT exactly side by side.  It would not look correct without accounting for the wood that separates each pane of glass. 

Here is one small section ready to install in the window.  If I had been really smart, I would have taken a picture of this section, the next section, and the small strip between them that gets thrown away...but hopefully you get the idea :)

Each section was just taped to the window along the back with scotch tape at intervals along the edge.  Here it is half way done...


And all taped in!

I hung it on the wall in my daughters' bedroom.  It is SO adorable!!


And a major bonus is that for 2 bucks I can change the picture anytime I want! 
Have you done any fun repurposing projects lately??  Let me know, I would love to see them!
 

37 comments:

  1. This a great idea and it's a fresh idea. I've never seen it before. I'll bet it's a focal point in your house!

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  2. Love it! Had to Pin it :)
    Thanks for the step by step!!!

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  3. Very cool. I was walking in Arlington last week and saw 3 windows on the curb. I meant to go right back after my walk to get them but forgot. I went back the next night and they were gone. Maybe you got them...!

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  4. So beautiful! I just made over a window and have one left will have to try this thanks for the step by steps :)

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  5. I came over from Mod Podge Rocks blog... I love this window idea. Your girls are adorable!

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  6. I can't believe they do that for about $2 !!! Great repurpose, love this!
    gail

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  7. I just saw this on pinterest, and it's definitely the best use I've seen of an old window! I never really liked all the small pics either, but this is awesome!

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  8. I absolutely ADORE this.. SOOO cute.. Very creative.. THANKS SO MUCH for linking via Pin'Inspirational Thursday today.. This ROCKS and its one of my fav's of the day.. Thanks again.. Wishing you an amazing evening.. xoxo.. Marilyn...

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  9. I LOVE what you did here! I have an old window that I used on my mantle at Christmas time. Now I know how I am going to do it next! Thanks for sharing!

    I am your newest follower!

    ♥charlotte

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  10. oh my... just what i was looking for!!! i have many old windows and love photos.
    Sheree

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  11. LOVE this! I wish I could get my little hands on an old window! I can't seem to find one anywhere (that someone doesn't want a fortune that is!)<3 From your newest follower and a newbie blogger!Please check out my blog www.413sparrowlane.com

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  12. LOVE this! I have an old window sitting around waiting for me to do something to it. :)

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  13. Would love to make this for my Niece and her two Daughters <3 Thanks so much

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  14. This is really a great idea!! You did a good job..really a nice piece for your daughters room.
    Marie

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  15. Hi Lindsay, HAPPILY featuring YOU tonight for TOP FAVS!! You where one of the MOST viewed for your amazing window frame turned BEAUTIFUL photo frame.. And how adorable are the two lovely littles in the photo!!.. Hope you can stop in and enjoy the love/snag a button.. THANKS SO MUCH for joining in on Pin'Inspirational Thursday.. Hope you are back again starting tonight..xoxox.. ~Marilyn

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  16. Love this idea - and also love the lampshade in the picture! Did you make it as well? Love the fabric on it. ~Melanie

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  17. Beautiful, I have started a similar project, but I have a concern about lead paint in the old window. Did you paint over it or should it not be a concern? THanks!

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  18. Thank you for sharing this wonderful project!! I have some old windows that I have been wondering what to do with. I have some great pictures of my grandson and my husband that will look great in those old windows! I know that my windows do not have lead paint but I am going to scrape them down and repaint them and distress them before putting my pic in.

    Again, Thank you for the great idea!!

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  19. This is such a sweet project, Staples rocks! Thanks for sharing this. Makes me want to find an old window. :)

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  21. I was wondering what hooks did you put on the picture frame for hanging? and did you just hang on a reg nail? i am making a picture frame and not really sure what hooks i should use for hanging it what would hold..

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  22. I love this !!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!! Can't wait to get the grandkids all together for a photo shoot!

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  23. Love this! This just may be my next project!

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  24. Thanks so much for the tutorial for this project!I searched staples' site for black & white posters, but didn't come up w/ anything:(So are there options available for you to choose from or do you get it custom printed??

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  25. I also tried a bit of a project with a reclaimed window frame, but I worked on much smaller pictures, just about the size of the single frames. I mixed picture and text within the frames though, making the whole assemblage into a sort of comic strip.

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  26. To anonymous up above:
    I have never searched Staples.com for the black and white poster I am referring to. If you call them, and describe what you want, I am sure they will verify that they can do it, and tell you exactly what it is called.
    You can also ask them for their copy center email adress so that you can simply email your picture, along with the dimensions, and describe that it is to be done in black and white, on regular paper, for only a few dollars. Include your contact info - but check back in a few hours or next day. It is usually that fast. And then check it before you pay for it. If you were very specific in your email as to what you wanted, it will be their mistake if it is not correct. Really though, I have not had any problems, and have done this many times! Good luck!!

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  27. I made my window today using your awesome tutorial. I will soon post it on my blog with a link to your post if that's okay. Thanks so much for such an effective tutorial. I wasn't able to get my picture printed at Staples for the price you got. I chose a larger color poster and had it printed through Vista Print. I'm so happy with the way it turned out. Thanks again!

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  28. I am impressed with this internet site , really I am a big fan .

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  29. Staples in Freeport Il will NOT do this..they told me today that it ruins their printer..soooo i went to the copier and blew each frame up 200 percent..a little different but sometime one becomes even more crafty when i needed to look elswhere. Thanks a bunch for your post and blog...love you..jackie

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  30. Hi Kimberly,
    Yes there is glass in the window. I tape the paper right to the glass - it would be hard to get it to stay in place otherwise, I think.
    Thanks,
    Lindsay

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  31. OK....I am totally in awe of your blog !!! I had a ''day off'' today, and have spent HOURS on your posts.so I can give you credit for all of this amazing pics. Thanks SO much
    photo poster frames

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