Repurposing a Window Into a Picture Frame

Hello Design Dazzle Readers!
I’m Selina over from Creative Juices Decor.  We just built our new rustic Tuscan styled home so I have been excited to fill up all my walls with fun personal touches.
This photo project can add so much character to a home and only requires an old window frame.  You can get these old windows at flee markets, antique stores or even garage sales.  Keep your eye out on Craigslist too.
repurposing a window frame into a picture frame
This particular window I got at a garage sale for $2.00.  It had 2 broken window panes but I just figured out a way to use that to my advantage 😉
I first cut out a piece of cardboard that would fit in the empty pane.  Next I chose a fabric (or even a beautiful piece of srapbook paper) to wrap the cardboard.  You can get creative here and even fluff it up a little by adding cotton under it.  (Yes, as you can see, I did change my fabric after this photo!)
Choosing the photos you want to put in the window is the best part 🙂
I used photoshop to create a new blank file that was the size I needed for the opening.  When I printed these at Costco (cheapest place I have found) I ordered them on a size larger than I needed so I could just cut them out and insert them when I brought the photos home.
I chose D ring hooks to screw into the back of the window for hanging and then used a drywall screw to hang it on the wall.
I hung this above my little girls bed in the old house.
old window frame turned into picture frame
Overall Cost:

Window – 2.00
Fabric  – 1.00
Four 11×14 Costco prints – 12.60

Grand Total: $15.60!

If you would like to see her new PINK CLAYED shabby chic room – stop on by and say hi!  I’d love to have you visit 🙂
Thank you to Toni for being such a gracious hostess!
Selina is an interior designer that loves the thrill of turning the ordinary into extraordinary all on a budget.  She and her husband live in the Northwest with their 3 young children.  Along with a passion for design, Selina loves crafting, thrifting, scrapbooking, baking and has been playing the violin since the age of 3.


Posted on January 14, 2013
Categories: diy projects, diy tutorials & creative ideas, repurposing, room decor

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  1. Melissa says:
    January 14, 2013

    It is so lovely!! I do think it is worth mentioning to readers that older repurposed windows are very likely to contain lead paint and there are some important caveats to a project like this.

    Unless the paint is tested and is negative or the entire window is covered with a sealant, I would strongly recommend keeping it out of the house.

    The lead particles are easily dispersed into the air, even when the paint is intact, let alone already starting to peel.

    And as you and your readers may know, lead paint is particularly dangerous to the cognitive development of children.

    As a scientist, a mom, and an aunt of children who were exposed to lead paint in some heirloom antiques and had elevated levels of lead, I urge readers to educate themselves about this topic. Be well everyone!

  2. Barb says:
    May 12, 2013

    I like this, I’ll be on the scout out for windows now!

    • Toni - Design Dazzle says:
      May 13, 2013

      I’ve found a few at the thrift stores. They do go quickly. Good luck!

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