Thursday, April 22, 2010

Floating Window Wall Art

I'll have to write a post soon solely dedicated to the journey my house has taken up until now. I am fairly certain if my walls could talk they would tell you about their various identity crises due to my constant new "visions" for them. No room more so than my living room. I have moved the furniture all over the place trying to make everything fit just right. I realized that what was currently missing, (besides the frame tray from last week, hehe) was more COLOR. I combined my need for more color with some old windows I found (aka forced Matt to turn around and pick up off the side of the road) to add a unique new touch to the living room. (Thank you government incentive for new energy efficient windows! There should be plenty laying around your neighborhood too! ) Here is what I did:

1) Scoured the dirty windows. YUCK!

2) Added a fresh coat of paint to each. Cheap Robin's Egg Blue and Light Grey, ($.33 each, yeah!!) As well as my favorite Martha Stewart Anjou Pear (I might cry when I use the last of that!)

3) Laid out the windows in just the right combination for sturdiness and visual appeal.

4) Purchased and installed mending plates from Home Depot. We used flat head screws to attach the mending plates in two places on each window to make them sturdy. I was pleased with how well they worked.

5) Found the best, low traffic spot to put our newest treasure. We had to rearrange some furniture (surprise, surprise!) but I found the perfect corner for a little burst of color.

As if I wasn't crazy about decorating before, getting involved in this crafty blogging community has made me down right mad over perfection. I think I am going to have to be content with this room for now. In the next couple of weeks I might just have to share a little over view of what I've done to make this living room just right for us.

On a side note: If only I could find these gorgeous ranunculus for $4.00 at my local kroger year round?? They are just the right color to make my windows pop. I think I am in love!

This week I'll be linking to the CSI Project. Stop by and see what other projects are out there!




Tiffany April 22, 2010 at 7:12 AM  

Patrice, those old windows look absolutely perfect in your living room! I love the colors you painted them and the way you arranged them! Just gorgeous! And those pink flowers, oh, how I love them, the perfect addition! Your living room is beautiful. Can't wait to see more! : )

Jessica April 22, 2010 at 7:18 AM  

Patrice you have done it again! This is a great find on the side of the road. I am keeping my eyes open and the back of my jeep empty just in case I see anything of this nature. Thanks for such a wonderful idea and the color choices are great!

iheartsunnydays April 22, 2010 at 7:41 AM  

What a great idea! They look fabulous.

Erin A April 22, 2010 at 7:50 AM  

This is really gorgeous Patrice!! Great job, and the flowers are an amazing touch!

Jen April 22, 2010 at 8:16 AM  

Such a neat idea! What a perfect "green" way to reuse old windows! :0)

TBonesMom April 22, 2010 at 8:19 AM  

So cute. :o)

And I must say...clearly you have an A+ husband. You lucky girl you!

Kendra Goodrich April 22, 2010 at 8:30 AM  

I love the windows! And the colors look so calming.

whitey April 22, 2010 at 8:49 AM  

much more impact than using one window love it

Frugal Home Designs April 22, 2010 at 10:05 AM  

I love it! Very creative.

Morgan//Nuts and Bows April 22, 2010 at 1:09 PM  

Holy cow!! These turned out so great I just love them!!


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Amber Noella April 22, 2010 at 3:24 PM  

What a GREAT idea! I love the style :)

Sarah @ Sugar Bananas April 22, 2010 at 3:44 PM  

Oh just gorgeous! This belongs in a magazine :)

Heather April 22, 2010 at 6:35 PM  

How on earth did you get paint for .33?!?! In such fabulous colors too!

Amy April 22, 2010 at 7:05 PM  

You amaze me every week with your vision for decorating! How neat!

Allison {A Glimpse Inside} April 22, 2010 at 8:27 PM  

Love those windows! They look fabulous in that corner.

Valerie April 22, 2010 at 8:38 PM  

I've got to find me some side-of-the-road windows, too! I filed this at

Thanks so much for sharing!

Becca Ross April 22, 2010 at 9:25 PM  

Oh, I just LOVE you guys! Thanks for being the first to link up at my party!!!


Kenzie April 22, 2010 at 9:47 PM  

That is absolutely gorgeous! I love windows!

FLOWERSHOPGURL April 22, 2010 at 9:58 PM  

Hi Patrice, I just love the creative way you recycled those old windows. I would love to try something similar...thinking maybe I could add some word art to the glass or even paint a flower or two...You have my creative brain thinking of all the possibilities. Thank you for sharing.

Alaina April 22, 2010 at 9:58 PM  

Anyone can put a window against a wall, but you, wow, great idea. Oh and yep I love those flowers too. Have a great weekend.

Yolanda April 22, 2010 at 10:09 PM  

It is simple and elegant. I love it. I have two windows in two separate rooms. Do you think just two instead of three put together would look good?
Thanks for sharing.

Sixty-Fifth Avenue April 22, 2010 at 10:45 PM  

Loving this idea...the colors you painted your windows is perfect! More pictures please!

Sixty-Fifth Avenue April 22, 2010 at 10:46 PM  

Not sure if your favorite Martha pear paint is still available but if not get it scanned before its gone.

Fawnda@Fireflies and Jellybeans April 22, 2010 at 11:16 PM  

I LOVE IT! It is beautiful! I really want to get some old windows to use in my house! :)

TidyMom April 23, 2010 at 7:44 AM  

What a fantastic idea!! It looks so neat! I LOVE it!!
Thanks for linking up to I'm Lovin' It! Have a GREAT weekend!

Tammy April 23, 2010 at 7:45 AM  

Beautiful. And old windows tell such a great story don't they?

Katie April 23, 2010 at 8:05 AM  

I've been using six paneled wood framed windows to make french memo and chalk boards. I think I might just try your idea. I just love repurposing things around the house and looks like you've mastered this one. :)

Katie April 23, 2010 at 8:05 AM  

I've been using six paneled wood framed windows to make french memo and chalk boards. I think I might just try your idea. I just love repurposing things around the house and looks like you've mastered this one. :)

Unknown April 23, 2010 at 10:34 AM  

How fun! I think these windows look awesome on your wall! Fabulous idea!

Suzanne@Meridian Road April 23, 2010 at 11:03 AM  

I really like the layered look, and I love the colors!

Sandi~A Cottage Muse April 23, 2010 at 12:40 PM  

Beautiful work of art!! Love this so much ~ thanks for the inspiration! Very happy I stopped by!

Andy Porter April 23, 2010 at 12:55 PM  

I always love your stuff! Old windows tug at my heartstrings! Thanks for the lovely link!

Christy April 23, 2010 at 1:37 PM  

That's just flat out beautiful! I love it!

Kristi April 23, 2010 at 2:22 PM  

I came over from Home is where my heart is and LOVE this project! Looks beautiful on your wall! Great idea! :)

Looking Glass Jewels April 23, 2010 at 2:43 PM  

I AODRE this! Your final pictures look like they could be in a high-end design magazine! Beautiful!

Ashley Houck April 23, 2010 at 10:07 PM  

i LOVE LOVE LOVE this! can't wait to see more ideas from you ladies. keep up the good work!

Unknown April 23, 2010 at 11:05 PM  

Ooooo - I'm in love!!! I'm so regretting getting rid of that old window I had over a decade ago. This is a brilliant idea!

Thanks for the inspiration!
Jen @ Noting Grace

FrouFrouBritches April 24, 2010 at 8:01 AM  

That is gorgeous! I love the arrangement.

Rachelle April 24, 2010 at 9:14 PM  

Okay now I'm already thinking about where I can do this!



Lorie April 24, 2010 at 10:39 PM  

YEah, I sort of love that! And what a great way to bring a nice monochromatic color theme together!

Cindy April 25, 2010 at 9:20 AM  

I love it!!!

Rose @ Confessions of a Curbshopaholic April 25, 2010 at 11:07 AM  

I just love this idea! The finished look is super pretty.
I hope you don't mind if I copy this for my house. I'm a window collector and always looking for new ways to sneak them in the house.

Cynthia@ITLLDO April 26, 2010 at 6:22 AM  

I love this idea! I've saved some of the old cottage windows in hopes that I would find some inspiration to use them....I've found it!!! Thanks.

Kelly Bookend Diaries April 26, 2010 at 11:58 AM  

OMG!!! I LOVE IT!!!!
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Kaysi April 26, 2010 at 12:10 PM  

Wow what a great idea!

DesignTies April 26, 2010 at 1:02 PM  

I love this idea! I have a couple of old windows in my attic, left over from when they were replaced, that I've been planning on doing SOMETHING with. I was thinking of converting them to bulletin boards, but I really like what you've done with yours... and I think I'll do the same thing! Thanks!

girl meets carpenter April 26, 2010 at 6:28 PM  

what a great idea! I've never seen this done before! I love old windows so much :)

Lei April 26, 2010 at 7:39 PM  

they look so cool! love them!

Unknown April 26, 2010 at 9:53 PM  

What a great spin on hanging old windows! I love this idea and may try it out, thanks so much for sharing!

Stephanie Cameron April 27, 2010 at 2:14 AM  

Really love this! I just came into several windows myself...and am trying to figure out just the right thing for them. Good idea!

Sarah @ Hennessey House April 27, 2010 at 9:05 AM  

what an amazing, amazing idea. truly stunning outcome :)

Nikki April 27, 2010 at 12:05 PM  

I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE this!!!!! I have such an affinity for old windows. I currently have about a dozen just waiting to be made into something lol.

I found you at Trash to Treasure, and I would LOVEEEEEEE if you'd link this up to my new link party tomorrow!!

Unknown April 27, 2010 at 7:30 PM  

Oh my, I love this! What a beautiful and graphic use of old windows. Thanks for linking up!

nursenicki April 27, 2010 at 9:26 PM  

SO beautiful! I do hope you give us a tour of your house's pretty cute from what I can see :)

Linda@Coastal Charm April 28, 2010 at 5:59 AM  

This is such a COOL idea...thanks for sharing it! Hope you have a FUN day:)


Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet April 28, 2010 at 6:03 AM  

NEat idea! Great job! I wouldn't have thought of using windows for wall art, but it looks great!

Have a great Wednesday!

Stacey April 28, 2010 at 7:24 AM  

These look so great. I really like how it turned out. Great idea!! Thanks for sharing at 'Look at me, I'm SO Crafty!' at Fun to Craft.

deb April 28, 2010 at 9:16 AM  


Julianna April 28, 2010 at 12:14 PM  

Such a wonderful idea! Turned out beautifully! Visiting from Life in the Pitts linky party.

michelle@somedaycrafts April 28, 2010 at 2:44 PM  

Oh my goodness!!! They are so awesome looking!!! Thanks for linking up today!!!

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden April 28, 2010 at 10:37 PM  

Patrice, I love this! I love the peaceful colors you used and the collection together is really pretty.

Thanks for sharing at My Backyard Eden!

dmercer April 29, 2010 at 11:41 AM  

This is so perfect. I picked up some old windows on the side of the road and have been pondering how to use them. I think I've found my answer!

Julie April 30, 2010 at 3:50 AM  

Love this! I featured your project on my Friday Favorites this week -

Megan @ Megity's Handmade May 2, 2010 at 10:34 PM  

These are so lovely! You should get your Martha Stewart paint color matched so you can keep on painting!

shirley May 19, 2010 at 8:28 AM  

Love the idea. I have a stack of windows needing a new use. Also, what is your wall color? I have been trying to find a yellow that is not too creamy and not too gold. Your wall color looks like what I had in mind.

Leanne June 22, 2010 at 10:35 AM  

I love old windows. What a great idea to display them together.

Allison {A Glimpse Inside} June 22, 2010 at 1:17 PM  

LOVE this! I have two old windows right now and I'm trying to decide what I want to do with them. I may try something like this.

Kristy June 22, 2010 at 1:27 PM  

I love the way you layered the windows on the wall and the colors you used!

I have a ton of old windows in my attic (one of the benefits to having a friend who is a general contractor who understands me). I've hung several on the wall, but never really though of layering them that way - thanks for the inspiration!

Rhiannon June 22, 2010 at 2:00 PM  

oh how i adore the look of old windows

Rhiannon June 22, 2010 at 2:00 PM  

oh how i adore the look of old windows

Stef June 22, 2010 at 3:55 PM  

I just love the old windows. But I have never seen one laying around that I could swipe up. I DID find one sitting up in cobwebs along the side of my parents' house and I finally convinced my mom to let me "borrow" it. I had my husband, who just didn't "get" it, hang it above my fireplace. He kind of liked it, so he went to get a mantle to finally put up after nearly 4 years...the mantle is looking lovely, but the window was too big to fit between the ceiling and the mantle, so he took my gorgeous window back down. :( Now I'm looking for another place to hang that one...and another smaller window to go above the fireplace. I need one so bad! And now I need three additonal ones so that I can do a layering thing. Love it!! Wish I lived in your neighborhood!

asnipofgoodness June 22, 2010 at 9:23 PM  

There were actually some old windows in our barn when we moved in, I just may try this, I love it!

Pam June 22, 2010 at 10:55 PM  

In one word...BRILLIANT! Pam @ Sallygoodin

Jen @ June 23, 2010 at 10:42 PM  

I love love love it. I have some old windows sitting in my garage. I might have to try that out in my bedroom. Amazing project!

Thanks for linking up to The CSI Project!


Jules June 24, 2010 at 10:55 AM  

Modern. Classic. Quirky. Unique. I love this. Every single thing about it. Adore. Want windows right this minute. Brilliantly done!

Unknown December 29, 2010 at 9:31 AM  

Love how you reused these old windows- you really gave them a new life. I have some old windows laying around the house just waiting for a project, thanks for this inspiring idea!

~Char December 30, 2010 at 11:03 AM  

Love, Love, Love this! Thanks for sharing!

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