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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

DECORATING WITH JEANIE -- REPURPOSING OLD WINDOWS


Do you have a large wall but can’t afford a large piece of artwork to hand on it? Decorating editor Jeanie Sims has a solution. -- AP

I’m a big fan of repurposing yard sale and flea market finds. One of my favorite items is old wooden windows. Their size is perfect for large wall spaces, and you can decorate them in any style to fit your décor.

If you’re into shabby chic, you won’t even have to strip, sand, or paint the wood. If you’d prefer a more traditional look, strip the wood and stain or paint it in a color to match your room.


Now, you’re probably thinking what do I do with the window after that? Just hang an old window on my wall? Well, you could. But you can also swap out the glass for mirrors, or use the individual panes as picture frames for a collage of photos or artwork.

Add a strip of wood to the bottom of the window for a small shelf, or attach hooks, and use the window in your hallway as a coat hanger.

Another great decorating tip from Jeanie, right readers? Any of you have other ideas for using old windows? Post a comment for a chance to win a book from our Book Club Friday guest author this week. -- AP

1 comment:

Jane R said...

ALthough I've never tried it, I love the look of old windows repurposed for a decorating touch. I think the use of mirrors, with hooks below is my favorite and it would look fabulous in an entry way or mud room. Hmm... maybe it's time for me to start looking for an old window or two! Thanks for the post!