Don’t pass by that discarded wooden window in the trash. Turn it into a Recycled Window Picture Frame! Old wooden windows can be repurposed into many wonderful, useful things. We have a greenhouse made from repurposed windows and I saved a few extra windows out for other projects. Let friends and family know you are looking, check salvage stores and call window replacement companies to locate old windows for free or cheap.
Here’s part of my little window stash. Several of my vintage finds will become picture frames to display my own art work. This project is planned as a birthday gift for my favorite junking buddy. Once you have a frame, here’s what to do:
Clean the frame, let it dry and then whitewash it with white indoor or outdoor paint. I do this with a very dry brush (dip the brush in the paint and then wipe most of the paint off on the side of the can). Wipe the paint off as you go on the frame with an old rag or paper towel so some of the color underneath shows through. Let it dry thoroughly.
Sanding the frame will yield a distressed finish with some of the original color showing through. This is best done outside or in a well-ventilated area as it causes a bit of dust. (Caution: if your window is old it may contain lead paint. Wet hand sanding and/or an electric sander equipped with a HEPA filtered vacuum attachment should be used)
A foam sanding block is inexpensive and perfect for getting a distressed finish. Sand a bit more on edges and corners to give the frame a well-loved worn look.
Use the cardboard template to cut out three more cardboard pieces that will be the backing behind the pictures. Make sure to measure carefully! Now use the cardboard template to cut the prints to size.
Here’s the finished Recycled Window Picture Frame with prints of some of my bird paintings.
But something just wasn’t right and I couldn’t put my finger on it to save me! So I showed the project to my artist friend and she saw the problem right away. “The birds should face inward, not outward”, she said. And so I took it all apart and redid it. I think she is on to something, don’t you?
Here’s another great inspiration for recycling an old picture frame!
Check out prints of my watercolor paintings that you can purchase for your own projects at http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.bigcartel.com/