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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

{monogrammed window}

I have a slight obsession for old windows.  I {LOVE} them. My family knows if I see one on the side of the road I'll stop to check it out--no matter where I'm going or how I'm dressed.  I think I have at least 10 windows sitting in my garage right now, and several more in the workshop.  

I recently came across a bunch of them that had a solid piece of glass in the middle (no dividers), and I was excited about what I could do with them.  I was even more excited when I realized that one of them was the perfect size for a wall I have in my foyer--I have struggled with what to put there for a long time.

I'm sure you've seen canvases covered with newspaper or book pages, and I thought it would be fun to try it on the old window, which provided the perfect fame.  I absolutely {love} how it turned out.  So easy, and CHEAP.  I found the window on the side of the road (free), I already had mod podge, and I found an old 1950's dictionary at Goodwill for $1.50.  I was vacillating between using pages from one of my favorite classics, but I love the vintage-y look of old dictionaries, and when I came across it I knew it would be perfect. I used my Silhouette to cut the vinyl, but you could order a letter, or even cut it out of cardstock using a template.

  • old window, no dividers
  • old book pages
  • mod podge and foam brush
  • monogram--vinyl or cardstock

1.  Paint the window frame your desired color of choice.  I used Rustoleum's Antique White-satin finish. I just covered the window with old paper, but didn't worry about getting it exact.  You'll be covering up the window, so it doesn't matter if a little paint gets on it. After it's completely dry, sand, sand, sand!!!  I like mine pretty distressed, so I let the wood show through in several places. Wipe off the frame with a damp cloth to remove all the dust.

2.  Select the pages you'd like to use for your window.  I was using a dictionary, with highlighted words at the top of each page, so I tried to choose pages with words that I would like to see.  It was harder than I thought, lol.  It was a dictionary from the 50's, and there weren't as many pages as I expected there to be.  I did find some that I liked, and that fit our family, so I went with those.  Lay the pages out on the window first, to get an idea of where they'll need to go to cover the entire window.  Once you know what you like, you're ready to mod podge!

3.  Windows are so easy to use mod podge with, and it adheres really well.  Using a foam brush, coat the window underneath where the paper will go, then lay the paper on top.  Add another layer of mod podge on top of the paper, smoothing all the edges down.  Repeat the process until your entire window is covered. Let dry completely.

4.  Add your monogram!  For a final touch, I took a Distress Ink pad (vintage photo, my favorite) and distressed the entire frame.  

You're done!



Blogger Kari at A Grace Full Life said...


August 9, 2011 at 7:23 AM  
Blogger Colleen said...

Great project! Im glad Im not the only old window obssessed. I have one two pane-no glass left- in my windowless kitchen that came out of an old local general store. My dad shllacked ove the old peeling paint and I blew up a picture to poster size of my favorite lake scene using the window to frame it. Upstairs in the hall I have a small old 6 pane with my favorite nature pics floating on the glass-3m sticky back repositional photo paper you can change when you want. And probably my fav another old 6 pane as my fireplace decorative(no fire when its in place) screen. I got rid of the ugly brass, bought pieces of moldings at the local habitat store, and a little hammering and a little white washing-tada I still have one 6 pane missing a pane that is leaning up against the patio fence I want to hang on it. Thanks for great ideas!

August 9, 2011 at 8:07 AM  
Blogger { The Painted Home } said...

{ L O V E }

August 9, 2011 at 8:27 AM  
Blogger Christy said...

love your monogram window! since you have a thing for windows maybe you could help me? I have a 6 pane window that we saved from our house remodel and I'm trying to decide what to do with it...I made a few ideas up in photoshop and put them on my blog and just can't figure out where to put it. Hopefully mine will turn out as great in my home as yours looks in your home!

August 9, 2011 at 9:39 AM  
Blogger Deanna said...

Oh, my goodness!!! What area do you live in??? I took 7 of these to a shop in the SE Idaho area, that I had from my mils house when they remodeled...EXACTLY like this! Kept one and have loved it...They look identical! (The hardware on top, etc.)

Too funny! I really like what you've done with this. it's GREAT!

August 9, 2011 at 9:44 AM  
Blogger Krisa said...

SO SO cute! I have a friend who has used old windows as frames all over her house... Printing 5x7's and putting them in diff sized windows. Love re-purposing old items!

August 9, 2011 at 9:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love this! So creative with the old window and dictionary pages. Great job!

August 9, 2011 at 11:24 AM  
Blogger TimeForLemonade said...

Love it!

August 9, 2011 at 11:37 AM  
Blogger Team Roy said...

Darling, I love it! I'm always on the look out for old windows but have no idea where to look - any helpful hints?

August 9, 2011 at 4:00 PM  
Blogger lynn said...

love this, kierste!

August 9, 2011 at 4:08 PM  
Blogger Russ and Michelle said...

Are you kidding me? I have been looking for an old window for over two YEARS now, and I look everywhere! I can not find anything that's not over two hundred bucks and those are almost unrepairable ones! PLEASE HELP ME FIND ONE?! :]

August 9, 2011 at 5:40 PM  
Blogger kierste @ brown paper packages said...

Deanna--I'm glad you kept one! I don't live in Idaho, but I would have loved to come across them!

Colleen--It definitely sounds like you love windows as much as I do. :)

Team Roy--Go hunting during heavy trash week! Our town has heavy trash week once a month, but there are different areas picked up each week. So I just drive around and look to see what people have out. 90% of the windows I have I've found on the side of the road. I've also found them at our local Habitat Restore--you may have one in your area as well. Another place to look is on craiglist--someone might be selling them for a reasonable price.

Good luck!!!

August 9, 2011 at 5:45 PM  
Blogger kierste @ brown paper packages said...

Sorry Russ and Michelle, I meant to put you in there too! Good luck!

August 9, 2011 at 5:46 PM  
Blogger Julie Brooks said...

I just found your blog by searching "rag garland"! I've enjoyed reading through your post. I will be back. :)

August 9, 2011 at 5:48 PM  
Blogger Natalie said...

Love this idea but I never ever come across windows! How are you finding them? I can't even find any stained glass ones when I am looking.

August 9, 2011 at 7:24 PM  
Blogger Natalie said...

ok, looked at one of the earlier posts and saw how you find them. I will be searching Craig's List in just a second. Thanks!

August 9, 2011 at 7:25 PM  
Blogger Sheila said...


August 9, 2011 at 8:55 PM  
Blogger Ashley Tremaine said...

OMGoodness!! I love this idea...and I am going to copy it! I have a single pane window sitting in my garage just waiting to have something done to it!! Thanks for such a great idea!!

August 9, 2011 at 10:44 PM  
Blogger Jilly said...

I am very happy to find your blog. So creative with the old window and dictionary pages. Old stuffs are very best to remaining old days.

August 10, 2011 at 6:01 AM  
Blogger Lil' Luna said...

Love it, Kierste!! I'm obsessed with old windows too!!! :D

August 10, 2011 at 10:10 AM  
Blogger julieacraw said...

Love, love, LOVE this!!! So creative...and cheap!! My type of decorating! Thanks for sharing!

August 19, 2011 at 10:26 AM  

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