If you follow Clockwork Interiors on Facebook or Instragram (and I invite you to!), you may have seen a picture of some of the old window frames I recently picked up at a picker’s estate sale. They’re pretty awesome, even though I didn’t actually get the pick of the litter. When the sale opened up, an elderly gentleman and I were headed for the same stack of windows. It didn’t feel right to beat him to the pile just because I happen to be younger or faster — (now that doesn’t happen every day!!) 😀 So, I bought the ones he didn’t pick. But that’s okay — Hubby probably wouldn’t have appreciated any more “treasures” taking up space in the garage!
Because I’m trying to lighten up the family room, or more accurately, camouflage the red brick fireplace that
I hate is not my favorite, I knew instantly what I was going to do with one of the old window frames. I had recently found a map of the UK that would look awesome framed in an old window.
To start the project, the first thing I had to do was remove the screen. Lots of rust, and possibly lead paint, made this an outside project with sturdy work gloves. The rust worked in my favor, and the screen actually popped off fairly easily. 😀 To avoid further chipping of the possibly toxic paint, I gingerly cleaned the window with a scrubbing pad and a mixture of vinegar and baking soda. It cleaned up great!
Then it was just a matter of stapling the map to the back of the window frame and trimming the excess !
Big impact for a couple of dollars, right?!! I love how it looks like it was just pulled out of a barn, which it was!
Because the fireplace still wasn’t bright enough for me, I ended up painting the old crate (another garage sale find!) that has been there for a while. I simply watered down some leftover gray paint, and “whitewashed” it on with a brush. ??? Do you still call it “whitewash”, if you’re using a color?! I’m not sure!
All I know is that little wicker basket better watch out, or it will be painted next!
Wouldn’t you know, Hubby and both kids asked where I was going to hang the window frame. (Guess they don’t dislike the fireplace as much as I do!) While I agree, it would look great hanging on the wall, it’s going to be leaning right where it’s at for at least a month or two.
I’ve got plans for at least two of the other windows, and hopefully I’ll be sharing those projects with you real soon!
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have yourself a wonderful week! Cynthia
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