Decorating with an Old Window and a Map

Decorating with old window and map / Clockworkinteriors.com

 

 

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!

 

 

Decorating with old window and map / Clockworkinteriors.com

 

 

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.

 

Decorating with old window and map / Clockworkinteriors.com

 

 

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!

 

Decorating with old window and map / Clockworkinteriors.com

 

 

Then it was just a matter of stapling the map to the back of the window frame and trimming the excess !

 

 

Decorating with old window and map / Clockworkinteriors.com

 

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!

 

 

Decorating with old window and map / Clockworkinteriors.com

 

 

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!

 

 

Decorating with old window and map / Clockworkinteriors.com

 

 

 

Decorating with old window and map / Clockworkinteriors.com

 

 

Decorating with old window and map / Clockworkinteriors.com

 

 

All I know is that little wicker basket better watch out, or it will be painted next!

 

 

Decorating with old window and map / Clockworkinteriors.com

 

 

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.

 

 

Decorating with old window and map / Clockworkinteriors.com

 

 

Decorating with old window and map / Clockworkinteriors.com

 

I’ve got plans for at least two of the other windows, and hopefully I’ll be sharing those projects with you real soon!

 

 

Decorating with old window and map / Clockworkinteriors.com

 

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have yourself a wonderful week! Cynthia

 

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20 Responses

  1. I love it! I have been collecting a few maps to use in projects that I keep seeing, but I really like this one! It would also be perfect to share/feature on my “Let’s Talk Vintage!” link party (Every Tuesday at 9 am).

    • Cynthia

      Thanks so much! I’ll be sure to check out your party next week!

  2. I love maps! It looks great in the old window.

  3. This is so creative! Love the travel theme with the old window. Pinned!

  4. Beautiful! I love love love maps as home decor. I think my husband and I have at least 10-15 maps of different sorts scattered throughout our house! We’ll have to steal this idea the next time I come across a pretty old window.

    • Cynthia

      Thanks so much, Lauren, and I agree … maps are the best 😀

  5. Cynthia, this is so clever! I love art made from maps 🙂
    Thanks for sharing at Something to Talk About!
    Karen

    • Cynthia

      Maps and window frames … two of my favorite things 😀 THANK you, Karen, for hosting!

  6. I’m always tempted by the old windows but I never know what to do with them. This is an excellent idea! Thanks for sharing!

    • Cynthia

      Thanks, Cat — you’ll have to check back — I just finished up another old window project that I’ll be sharing real soon. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Love old windows, love maps so thing this is awesome.

  8. Oh my gosh I love this! I’m not very partial to our fireplace, either, so I had to laugh! I’m a big fan of maps and windows so this is the perfect project for me. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm! xo Kathleen

    • Cynthia

      Thank you, Kathleen, and thanks for always being such a gracious host! Cynthia

  9. I really love how this turned out–just charming!

    • Cynthia

      Thank you, Cecilia! And thanks for taking the time to comment today. Take care, Cynthia

  10. I absolutely love your map window Cynthia. It looks fabulous in front of the fireplace. I’m featuring it at today’s Vintage Charm. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

    • Cynthia

      Thanks so much, Tuula! I’m always very happy to share at your party when I have a project. Thanks for hosting each week! Cynthia

  11. […] and maps so this project is definitely a win, win. Cynthia from Clockwork Interiors made this fabulous map window using an old window that she picked up at an estate sale and a map of the UK. She’s using it […]

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