When my husband came home with all these free windows recently I knew I could turn one into a fabulous accent wall in our kitchen.
This project actually had three parts. The first was deciding which photo to use, how to have it printed inexpensively and then making it fit in the window.
Believe it or not, the first picture I picked worked fine as a 24×36 engineering print. I ordered the print from Staples (cost $3.50). Online ordering says photos shouldn’t be printed as an engineering print but I did it anyway. I figured for less than $4 it was worth a try.
The first time I did not lighten the photo sufficiently in lightroom, but I could tell that the photo would work size wise in the window frame. With seven people in the photo I was trying not to cut someone’s head off! You know how siblings are……I didn’t want any hurt feelings!
The second part was working on the window frame. My husband took the window and scratched up the surface with a grinding bit. He then used a heat gun to further distress the surface.
At this point the whites of the window didn’t match the white in our kitchen so Tim went back and repainted it with white aerosol primer and distressed it one more time.
Second printing of the picture was perfect and the frame looks great.
Using a rechargeable ZipSnip cutting tool my husband cut the foam board to fit the frame.
Since the print didn’t fit perfectly inside the window we used it for the lower two thirds and I added black and white cardstock to the top three window panes.
I then used my trusty Cricut and printed the words “Family is forever” on black and white vinyl, adding the saying to the cardstock.
Once everything was secured to the foam board it was then attached to the window itself with brad nails and a staple gun.
The third part of the project was cutting, lightly sanding, cleaning and painting old fence boards to create a farmhouse shutter affect.
The boards were then sanded again with a palm sander, heavily distressing the boards.
The wood was nailed together with finish nails and was then ready to hang in our kitchen.
My husband should definitely be proud of his ingenuity!
Here’s our completed old window photo frame. Our family photo encapsulated in black and white for us to see every time we sit down at the dinner table (or play games or homeschool or any of the other myriad of activities we share at the kitchen table.)
I couldn’t be more pleased with the way this turned out. It takes up an entire wall in the kitchen and is the perfect addition to our makeover.
The photos don’t do the project justice because of the light bouncing off the glass. (I should include the pic of my husband and daughter holding a sheet over the mason jar chandelier to try and keep the mason jars from showing up in the pic!)
Cost of this old window turned into photo frame:
24×36 black and white engineering print: $3.50 (I didn’t get it right the first time so I had to pay for two)
30×40 foamboard : $7
Ever since my husband made a fabulous coffee table out of an old window we’ve been on the lookout for old windows. We just started on our bathroom and there might just be another window project in store there as well!
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Besides using the fence board for the farmhouse shutter look, my DIY hubby also used them for a fence board backsplash in the kitchen
and another made by hand rustic table.