Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Vintage Window Wall-Display

A few weeks after finding this vintage window at one of my favorite local antique stores (The Front Porch Antique Mall) I finally decided what I was going to do with it! 

Phase One:
  • Attach two hooks to the back (one on each side of the top portion).
  • Tip: To position your nails just right the first try.. simply run a piece of painter's tape from one hook to the other, poke a hole where the nail rest, center and level your tape on the wall, and hammer your nails right into the holes you poked. Perfecto!
Phase Two:
  • Measure the back of the window from the center of the boards and use the measurements to cut from a roll of cork.
  • Place the cork on a piece of burlap, go around it with some Stop Fraying (if you want to play it safe), then cut the burlap about a half inch from the cork.
  • Center the burlap on the back of the window the staple it on making sure the fabric it pulled fairly snug.
  • Center the cork on top of the burlap, fold the burlap over the edge of the cork and staple

Phase Three:
  • Search your home for your favorite little collectibles and pictures!
What I used…
  • A page from a vintage bird guide book.
  • Rustic little wooden and metal bird.
  • Vintage door plate.
  • Vintage skeleton key.
  • Vintage printer's letters to spell out our last name.
  • Small frame with one of our engagement pictures.

Note: To hang the page and key I used aluminum cut tacks (#3 x 3/8") that I found at Lowes. The hooks, roll of cork and burlap I found at Hobby Lobby.



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  1. I love what you did with the fabric on's perfect.The door lock and key is very it

  2. OMG! I have been searching for two windows like this! I haven't had any luck yet! I LOVE what you did with it. I was going to put mirrors in them (if I ever find some. Now I may have to do this. I love burlap! I have made quite a few things lately with it!

    Visiting from Shabby Chic Cottage

  3. Visiting from Shabby Chic what you've done with this frame. I have one just sitting in my office and I'm thinking... I love burlap, too!

  4. Hi Visiting from Chic on a Shoestring! I love your site, I'm following. Check me out when you get a chance, I think you'll like my windows too!
    Have a great day!

  5. Visiting from this idea. I have a thing for old windows anyways but this sweetened the deal!

  6. I love this. I have an old window and have been wondering what to do with it. I think you have given me my idea. ~~Sherry~~

  7. turned out great, i love old window and birds.
    I found you at My Romantic Home, I have a party on Wednesday and would love it you would participate.
    Thanks Tammy

  8. I love everything about this project. Such cleverness! Now you've inspired me to do....something with my own window frames. Thanks!

  9. Such a great job! I really like how you took something popular (thus done several times) and yet put a unique spin on it! Great job!

    Honestly I saw you from so many different linky parties this week! I would love it if you could check out what I was linking up this week

  10. Great window. I have seen alot of windows but not all of them are successful in their final product as a sort of shadowbox. You did a great job.

  11. This is a really neat project I have a window that has a windowseal in front and I will be doing something with it this is a very cute idea!

  12. Sweet! I really like it and I love how you used cork so you can hang things in the window openings, I would have never thought of that!


  13. Sooooo cute, Jaclyn! I'm saving this great idea for a future project! :) Thanks for the inspiration!

    xoxo laurie

  14. I LOVE this! Its FAB!!! Come on 'ova and share this at my Linky Par-Tay!



  15. It turned out fabulous! Good Job Girl! Great how-to too. Love that you used burlap with the old window.


  16. Very, very beautiful. I have an old, chippy window that could use a fabric background too. Thanks for the inspiration and thanks so much for sharing with Air Your Laundry Friday.


  17. How lovely. Really like your blog. I am a follower. Hope to see you at My Dream Canvas.

  18. This is so wonderful! I love how easy it is to make it individual! love it
    Great project!

  19. Thank you for linking up this great post last week! {Im a lil behind, eeekk!}

    Its party time AGAIN!!! xoxokara


  20. Hi Jaclyn! I'm your 'neighbor' over at Layla's link up. I love the look you pulled together. I've been hunting for an antique window frame like yours but haven't had much luck. Thanks for the inspiration!

  21. I have a "thing" for old windows. I love how chippy yours is. I also love how it's decorated with all sorts of adorable trinkets. Love!!

  22. Wow great stuff to engage,being resourceful to the things that have a use is doing such a creative piece.I get an inspiration to your creativity.Thanks.

  23. Hello there cool home creations, I just put together a collage with super awesome inspiration on how to decorate with old windows on my blog Little Brags . I used a picture of yours with the source link back to you. Please come visit and if you do not want me to use your picture for any reason , please let me know and I will remove it asap. Thanks a bunch. Christine

  24. I Have got to find some old wood windows. Have 2 left from ones we got in KY but had to leave several behind, ouch. Have to find source here west of Grand Junction, CO. Ones I got in KY got for free from window store, they just left ones they got from houses outside on ground so of course I had to find out if I could have them. when we moved had to leave windows and old wood doors, ouch again.
    Love how you decorated your window, had to print out so I can do something like that with mine and also love your bird and page with bird on it, key, all of it. Have to clean bathroom first tomorrow but after that will be dressing up my window, digging for goodies for it. Great project, glad you shared. Happy week