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Friday, March 16, 2012

{using an old window as a frame}

You all know my obsession with old windows, lol.  I really wanted one in my girls' room, and I found one that I thought would be perfect to frame a really large photo of them.


The frame was already cream, so I painted it brown, then went to town with the sander to distress it--that was the easy part!I didn't want to spend a fortune on such a large photo--the window is almost 3 feet across--so I decided to try a method that I've seen around town and get a large engineering print done.  I'm pleased with the overall product, but it's definitely a little different than I thought it was going to be.  

I ordered my print online--super easy to do, because I could upload my photo, and then pick it up in a couple of days.  Staples was offering 3 different sizes, and I chose the size that was the closest to my window. It was going to be just a little bit bigger than my window, but I knew I could trim off a couple of inches and not have it interfere with the photo. Engineering prints (they are actually paper) are only black & white, but that's what I wanted, so it was perfect.The cost was fabulous--only $5.98!  When I went to pick it up, it wasn't exactly as I imagined it to be--lots of lines going through it, and one line in particular was very dark.  There were also 3 spots on it, on the right hand side.  When I asked the associate about it, she explained to me that it was because my picture was such high resolution, that it was picking up everything when it went through the machine.  I wasn't able to get much more info than that from her, but it must just depend on the printer and the photo, because when I've seen others do this, they didn't seem to have the same result. Bottom line?  I'm glad I did it--the price was right for such a large photo, and I actually really love the way it turned out.  All the lines give it a yummy vintage look, and I think it matches the overall feeling of the window. Yay!

The print ended up being almost the exact same size as the window, so I didn't need to cut it at all.  I put it on the back side of the window, and because it fit so well, I only needed a few pieces of tape to hold it in place. Had it not fit so well, I would have done something different, but it made it so easy!

For the final touch, I added vinyl to the bottom right of the window frame...just what it needed!


 Total cost?  $6!  I found the window on the side of the road, I already had the spray paint (total cost of $9 if you had to buy the paint), and the print was $6.  

{love} it!


10 Comments:

Blogger Susan @ homeroad.net said...

Kierste I love that so much! It is so vintage with the black and white picture in it. The picture is beautiful too! That window was a great find and you made it beautiful!
Susan
Homeroad

March 16, 2012 at 7:16 AM  
Blogger Tiaras & Bow Ties - Think Smink said...

This comes at a perfect time! I have just been offered all of the old windows from a home that is being rebuilt [I think about 20] and I couldn't wait to get my hands on them before, but now I want them NOW!

I can understand your worry when the print wasn't exactly what you thought it would be BUT the result is amazing! Vintage goodness!

ps. your daughters are just adorable too!

Kim

March 16, 2012 at 7:38 AM  
Blogger labbie1 said...

Great deal! You did a wonderful job! BTW, if you want poster size prints, Sam's and Wal-Mart do those in color or whatever you would like. They are photographic. I did one for a friend of a calf that I took a picture of, had a large poster printed at Sam's Club then brought it home and cut it up to fit into the 4 parts of the window. It turned out so cute! She loved it!

March 16, 2012 at 5:01 PM  
Blogger Baby Bump Blog by MyRegistry.com said...

Just stumbled upon this and it's such a great idea! Also, the picture you used is adorable and your girls look so much like you! :) Reminds me of when my sister and I were kids...

-Caitlin

March 16, 2012 at 6:04 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

Love this! I have two granddaughters that I would love to frame. Only problem...we don't have a Staples by us. Any other ideas? I see from the above post that Walmart does poster prints. Would that work as well? Would you still have them printed in black and white?

March 16, 2012 at 6:23 PM  
Blogger Randi~Dukes and Duchesses said...

I really love that ... and thanks for sharing the info about the engineer print.

March 17, 2012 at 9:59 PM  
Blogger Ashley said...

ADORABLE!!!

I love the way it turned out!

March 17, 2012 at 10:27 PM  
Blogger Raysha said...

I love it! It looks beautiful.

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March 19, 2012 at 2:56 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

Did you say there is glass in front or behind the picture?

Very, very cute! Thanks for sharing.

And do you use a particular brand/style/etc paint?

April 14, 2012 at 8:10 PM  
Blogger Kirstin Ribelin said...

Beautiful! Has the engineer print faded at all?

August 4, 2012 at 1:59 AM  

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