My Latest Art- Transformation…uh..Thursday.

Um, it’s a little late for Transformation Tuesday. But if you don’t mind, I’d like to squeak a Transformation Thursday in here (it will be almost Friday by the time I get it posted, but who’s counting?)

Here’s what I did with some of my stash of vintage windows. I love how they turned out! Between these and the ones I made last year, I had a nice little stash last weekend to take with me to a local craft show. I sold half of my inventory. Yay!
I started with plain window sashes. Some were really weathered, others weren’t so much. So when they were all done, if they were too white and clean, I used a little tan glaze to make them look more aged.
I planned to use chalkboard paint and the can said it could be used on glass. But I was a little skeptical, so the first window, I primed with 123 Primer. But then, I noticed when I was putting on the chalkboard layer of paint, the primer was coming off, so the next windows I decided to just put the chalkboard pain straight on.

The French door was very old and it was peeling a lot, so I gave it a coat of poly to seal the paint just as it is.

After the WWYD Wednedsay challenge last week, I took your advice and left the top as it was after I had decoupaged paper to the back of the glass. I didn’t add anything to the front.

I decoupaged paper to the backs of the top part of the window sash and painted chalkboard paint on the bottom. I tried different method for paint application. I found that a soft nylon brush worked just as well as a little foam roller.

 
 
 I decided to do some with chalkboard on both top and bottom.
 And some were solid glass, so I did the whole thing in chalkboard paint.
 Some were skinny little windows. Notice the cotton pouch hanging there? I sewed little pockets from cotton fabric and stuffed them with batting for erasers.
 The big French door is my favorite!
The paint can suggest conditioning the painted chalkboard surface by rubbing the side of the chalk over the whole thing and then erasing it. The surface can be washed too.
I used Rust-Oleum brand chalkboard paint in Black Flat. Chalkboard Paint can be used to create a usable chalkboard surface on metal, wood, masonry, drywall, plaster, glass, concrete, unglazed ceramic and hardboard surfaces that can be written upon and erased cleanly. This latex-base paint is easy to clean and is formulated to withstand the rigors of daily use.

Michelle

Trash to Treasure Decorating
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Transformation Tuesday- Window Sash Fireplace Screen

I stumbled upon this great project when I was browsing the internet, and I’m thinking this would be a great project for my faux fireplace. It’s great for a real fireplace too!
Diane, from In My Own Style has many wonderful trash to treasure transformations. She turned this window sash into a fabulous fireplace screen. She started with a plain window.
Photo belongs to Diane at In My Own Style
Then, she used shelf brackets to make it stand up. You’ll find the full and fantastically detailed tutorial on her blog post. She used mirror paint (which she shows in the tutorial) to make the glass reflective. Isn’t this great?!
Photo belongs to Diane at In My Own Style
 I think this might be a way to use some of the artwork I’ve made from old window sashes. Thanks for posting your great idea Diane!
Michelle

Trash to Treasure Decorating
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Transformation Tuesday – Reader Mail

A little while ago, I received an e-mail from one of my readers named Sandy who sent picture of one of her own trash to treasure transformations. I thought you’d enjoy her ideas as much as I did. She says she found these windows in the trash and she fixed them up. Sandy, you’ll have to let us know how you get the mirrors in there. Or do you spray on a mirror paint?

Thanks for sharing Sandy!

Michelle

Trash to Treasure Decorating
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Vintage Window Tranformation

Last week, I participated in a craft show where I featured my vintage windows. Unfortunately, there were more people looking for ideas than those looking for purchases. But, now I have a good amount of inventory and despite the extremely high rate to ship these, I think I’ll test them out on Etsy.

For today’s Transformation Tuesday,  I hope you enjoy my gallery of vintage windows. Remember, to keep safety and health in mind when you use vintage materials. Read more about safety concerns.

 Because of the space between the glass and the decorative background, the sunlight makes neat shadows of the words.

I love how the space between the background and the glass gives the pictures dimension.

Notice how on the photo above, there are some brownish streaks? If the vintage window was freshly painted, I use a mix of brown glaze to distress the wood a little. I brush it on and wipe the excess off.

I like to leave the original details in place. So if there is a window latch or a handle, I leave it right there.

See more of my windows Also watch for pictures of windows from readers who have done their own transformations.

Michelle

Trash to Treasure Decorating
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Recycled Windows Become Art

Over the summer, I worked on transforming some of my old windows into pieces of art. I had hoped to sell them in my Etsy Store, but once I found out that shipping on some of them was $70, I didn’t think anyone would care to purchase them. However, I’m hoping to take them to some local craft shops for consignment. And yes, I did check out both UPS and USPS for price estimates on shipping. The smaller ones could be shipped for under $30 but the bigger ones were a problem.

Using my Silhouette cutter (if you don’t have one, you must check them out) and some beautiful papers, these old windows are ready for display as artwork.


What do you think? Do you think there is a market for them?

Michelle

Trash to Treasure Decorating
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Transformation- Roman Shades from Ugly Drapes

When we moved into our house, we inherited the drapes. I wanted to get rid of them, but the living and dining area have three big picture windows and when I did the math, it was impossible to afford to replace them with something more attractive. So after living with them for a while, I finally came up with a solution that cost me just $30 for supplies for the three huge windows. 

I had already painted the paneling and while that was an improvement, the drapes were still just blah and misfitting. 

See how they were too short?

I saw a demonstration of making Roman shades on HGTV and decided I could do that! I did make a few modifications that kept the cost down. First, I used small metal washers instead of the white plastic rings. Metal washers were cheap! Then I discovered that in the boating section of our Menards store, the rolls of string were much cheaper than buying the same stuff by the yard at the fabric store. Finally, I needed a cleat for each shade to tie up the string when the blinds were open. Back to the boat department I went. What sold for $3 at the fabric store was just .79 cents at the home improvement store.

I scrounged wood for the header and dowels from our scrap bins which kept the cost down as well.

Now, the big challenge was where to find enough fabric for Roman shades. That’s the trash to treasure part of my makeover! I used the old drapes and cut them up. I cut off the pleats at the top to leave a large square panel for each drape. Here’s a close-up of how that fabric looks as a roman shade.

I also added a valance topper which I picked up at the Goodwill. It was a big flat panel of fabric that I cut into thirds to sew into the valance. Then, I purchased the side panels on a big clearance at Wal-Mart. They were connected in the middle, but I cut them in half to put a panel on each side of the window. For drapery rods, my husband fashioned something out of small PVC pipes.

Not too bad for a VERY cheap transformation. If you look close enough, yes, I do have some seams in the middle of my shades from the seams in the drapery fabric. I was okay with this, mostly because if I can’t do it cheap, I can’t afford to do it at all. Weigh it out with me: seams or drapes, seams or something much much better even if it isn’t perfect.

Want to make your own Roman Shades? Here’s another demonstration of the how-to on Denver Fabrics if the HGTV link above wasn’t quite what you are looking for. It takes some sewing and some engineering to get it all right, but if I can do it, so can you!

Michelle

Trash to Treasure Decorating
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Inspiration From Other Bloggers

I just have to share some of the cool projects that I saw this week on the “I Did it Without My Hubby” blog tour at Shanty 2 Chic. Check out the blogs to see full descriptions and tutorials of these great trash to treasure projects.

Gail at My Repurposed Life turned old windows into these awesome cabinets.
Photo belongs to Gail

Traci at Beneath My Heart made a clever towel rack for her bathroom from an old headboard.

Photo belongs to Traci

Over on Junk Fest, they’ve turned an old radiator into a classy beverage bar. Who knew?
Check out the process on the blog. 
Picture from Junk Fest
And who could pass up this amazing painted floor at The DIY Show-off. She’ll show you step by step how to create your own custom floor. 
Photo from the DIY Showoff

I just know I’ll see tons more great posts this week, so I’ll share them next time. Thanks to all the great bloggers out there for the inspiration!

Michelle

 

Michelle

Trash to Treasure Decorating
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Unending Ideas for Windows

If I hadn’t already found a ton of great uses for old windows, Kim at Twice Remembered has just given me a zillion more! Okay, well not a zillion, but a lot more than I had before. I never get tired of windows. I wonder if someone can have too many? Nah.

Be sure to spend some time looking around Kim’s site. It’s beautiful! Here is one of the ideas Kim links to that comes from Junk Market Style.

Michelle

Trash to Treasure Decorating
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Recycling Windows into Art Displays

I bought this old window at a yard sale and then created quilt panels to fit behind the panes. The quilt panels are just fronts with no quilt batting or hand quilting, so for the quilter, it’s an easy project! And if your quilt panel isn’t quite the right size, just add a border until it is the right size to fill the frame.

To attach the quilt panels to the window, I used a sturdy tape, but you could use a staple gun, tacky glue, or hot glue, depending on how permanent you want it to be. To finish off the display, I added a rake head affixed with a nail in the center of the window sash and hung dried flowers and garden tools from the rake. The sign above the window was also a yard sale find.


I’m participating in the “I Made it Without My Hubby” link party at:
Shanty 2 Chic

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Michelle

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Using Old Windows as Frames

Here’s an idea for using an old window for a wall decoration. I created a quilt that fits behind the window.

Michelle

Trash to Treasure Decorating
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