Bend has an amazing selection of local coffee shops (and breweries), I mean even after nine months of living here we’re still discovering new wonders in town.
One of the first coffee shops we went is still at the top of our list. They also have inspired one of our most ambitious framing ideas: turning an old window into a picture frame.
Once Nick came home with the idea of a picture frame window we started scouring Craigslist for cheap finds. We got ours for $20 but this was before I discovered ReStore & I’m certain you could find one there for a lot cheaper. Live & learn, eh?
So I drove to the boonies of Central Oregon to pick up the window, which is when I discovered it was huge & in rough shape.
But I’m really passive & I felt like I had already promised this woman my $20 so we shoved it in the back of the car & I drove home thinking I’d made a huge mistake. In fact, I was so intimidated by my mistake that we left in the car for days.
Just rollin’ around town with a window in the back, don’t worry about it.
Once we finally got it in the house we realized it was indeed huge. The coffee shop window is about 2′ x 2′ which is a very reasonable size; ours… is 4′ x 4′.
It’s pretty much a small human on our wall.
It leaned against the wall for weeks, haunting me every time I walked in the door until the day I finally decided to do something about the window in the room.
Window Picture Frame
- An old window (try checking Craigslist, ReStore & thrift stores)
- Sandpaper, steel wool & window cleaner
- Painters tape
- Primer, paint & brush
- Pictures (we printed 11 x 13s for ours)
- French cleat
Most of these steps will vary greatly depending on the state of your window. This was my process but do whatever suits you & your window. Also, sorry all these photos are crazy, iPhone photos… I didn’t think I’d be blogging them back then. My bad.
- Scrape & chip off the old paint using the steel wool.
- When you’ve taken off most of the loose paint offenders begin to hand sand the frame to both level the paint & scuff up the surface.
- Wipe away any dust from the sanding & clean your window panels with cleaner.
- Line each window panel with painters tape & cover the glass newspaper as well if you’re particularly prone to paint accidents.
- Begin painting a light layer of primer to create a “clean” base for your paint to adhere to.
- Add as many coats of paint as necessary to achieve the color you like. Allow the paint to dry completely between coats & before removing the tape. For mine I also had to paint the sides & you know, rope.
- Our window is about 4′ by 4′ with each panel measuring roughly 10″ by 7″. Because of this we decided to print 11″ by 13″ images & then trim them down to size. Costco has great deals on printing, btw.
- Play around with picture arrangements & sizes. We had to get creative with our middle row but now we love it.
- Clean your window panels & then tape each picture to the back of the glass.
- Hang your window with a french cleat & marvel in your work!