Hello my sweets!
Yesterday was a busy day around the James house gearing up for one of our favorite nights of the year. We had such a great time, and at the end of the day, all the hard work we put into Halloween was so worth it!
Here’s my little man in his Minecraft costume:
He had to pick a super bulky costume, but at least he made it up and down the whole street this time. He usually only makes it a few houses!
And here is me and my date for the evening:
Ha ha spooky!
Unfortunately I didn’t quite finish what I had planned to share today, so I am pulling out one of my favorite upcycles to share instead! This is one of those projects that I regret selling as it would have been perfect here in my office at our new house!
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This project all started with this smallish window that cost me $5:
I found it at yard sale and grabbed it right away, but what I didn’t see was that inside that groove on the bottom was full of green mold. Yuck! I decided to use my table saw to cut three of the weird window edges off, including the moldy one:
That gave me nice clean edges to create a door for this super cute Window Shadow Box!
…or fancy bulletin board!
A fun way to use an old window, right?
Here’s how it came together…
After cutting the outer edges on the three odd sides with my table saw, I stood my window upright and ran it through my table saw as well to remove the lip that was sticking out on the one side:
Then I used a wire brush to remove any flaking paint, cleaned the window frame, and taped the panes off using FrogTape. I painted the frame on both sides using Behr’s Bit of Sugar that I made into DIY chalk paint. (Recipe HERE.)
Then I sanded lightly and sealed with Annie Sloan’s clear wax.
Next I cut a piece of 1 X 3 I had in the garage to create a frame for the box:
Then I painted, sanded, and waxed the frame as well.
For the inside backing I used this cork board I found at the thrift store:
I cut it to fit the inside of the frame using my table saw:
It was nice and thick, and that’s why I bought it, and the saw cut it really smoothly.
I decided to use the same fabric that I used on this oval vanity stool, that started out as curtain panels I picked up at HomeGoods. (Great source for fabric!) I attached it using spray adhesive, then pulled it taut and secured it on the back with hot glue.
I also used hot glue to attach it to the inside of the frame:
Next I needed hinges and a door pull, so I found these in my stash:
Three of those pieces got painted in chalk paint, and distressed a little.
Then I attached the window to the frame with the hinges. I ended up adding one more hinge for added strength.
I also covered the back in this pretty paper from Hobby Lobby and added D ring hardware for hanging.
I filled it with photos and mementos from my Mom’s surprise 70th birthday party…
Me and three of my siblings having some photo booth fun:
My sister and I live here near my Mom, but my other siblings live out of state. Two of them and their kids were able to fly in for the surprise and we caught her reaction all on video! It is a fun watch.
You can see her reaction below:
If you have trouble viewing, you can watch it HERE.
This glass knob was one I picked up at Hobby Lobby for another project but ended up not using:
That backplate came off of another piece and adds a little more detail.
I added a magnetic closure to the inside…
This would be fun to change out seasonally with favorite photos from each season!
For my Mom’s party I used this little chalkboard banner above the drink station that I had parked in front of an old door I had near my kitchen. It was still hanging on the door with “Party!” on it, and it was a nice finishing touch for this photo. (Here is one similar all ready to put together.)
Here’s another way to use an old window. This one had no panes in it when I found it, so I added the metal sheeting to it to make the perfect backdrop for wreaths on my mantel. Here it is on my Spring mantel from a couple of years ago:
This was not a window to start, but you could use the same concept of adding chicken wire with a paneless window:
But today’s window project is my all time favorite!
If only I had kept it! I’ll have to keep an eye out for another small window!
Here’s another fun oldie you might like:
Check out how I updated this suitcase HERE!
I’ll be spending the day taking down all the spookies…have a great weekend and I’ll see ya’ll back here on Tuesday with a fun project I made from this clock:
UPDATE: See what I did with this old clock HERE now! 😀
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