Monday, March 15, 2010

SYTYCD Project # 3 with Tutorial

In a time when aging is fought with miracles creams, injections, surgeries, and thousands of dollars, "old" has lost it's value. Amongst the young and the beautiful, their are aged gems that deserve respect. Hidden jewels that have more character and beauty than any manufactured piece could ever attain. It's about finding a weathered item, and helping it show it's true value to the modern world.

I started this theme with an old window...I don't know it's story, or the many storms that it's braved. It lost it's glass at some point in it's life. But, that did not stop me from seeing so much potential.


Dmitri enjoyed crawling in between the window panes.


And what became of the weathered old window? It will live a second life as a memo board. Complete with a magnetic surface, chalkboard, and cork board! Hooks line the bottom for keys and accessories to fall.


The hooks fall between the original hardware which was left intact. The striped surface is beadboard, which I primed with magnetic primer so that it could hold photos and notes!


Rustic, yet functional. The perfect message center for a busy woman in modern world, while paying tribute to the beauty that comes with age, and the joy found in recycling.


The Tutorial

Supplies:
-a window frame (no glass)
-Corkboard
-Beadboard (cut to the size of the window frame)
-chalkboard paint
-magnetic primer
-paint in the color of your choice
-hooks

Tools:
-Electric screwdriver
-paintbrushes
-box cutter (for cutting the beadboard to size)
-hot glue gun




After cutting the beadboard to size with a box cutter, I primed it with three layers of magnetic paint.
 It took four coats of paint to paint it back white (if I were doing it over, I would choose a different color!)

 I painted turquoise stripes onto it...
 Then I hot glued the cork board (cut to the size of the window) and the chalk board (a left over piece of bead board with the back painted with chalk board paint). (I marked the locations first with a pen.)


We drilled the bead board into place with screws and an electric screw driver! It took several tries to get it lined up perfectly. Then we drilled in the hooks into the front of the window (no photo).

 



39 comments:

Jenn said...

Simply beautiful!!
Have a great day!

Much More Than Mommy said...

I am completely in awe of this! Wow!!!

Kaysi said...

I absolutely love it! I wish that I could find an old window, I've been looking for years and no luck.

Kate said...

This looks great!

Casa Bella said...

You have to be one of the most creative bloggers out there. I love coming to your site and seeing your new creations!

Anne said...

This is adorable! WOW! =)

Anne
Floralshowers.com

Laurie at The Turner Farm said...

This is wonderful and great tutorial.

Victoria said...

It looks great, I can't believe you can get all that done with a lil man around!

KiraAJ said...

GORGEOUS!?! WOW!! what an awesome job u did darl! This looks like it should be in a home decor mag selling for big bucks!!

Emily said...

This is fabulous! I love that you saw this in an old window frame, you have a great eye!

all thingz related said...

I Love IT! Fantastic job!
Rebekah {all thingz related}

Emily said...

Oops! I think I commented on your last few posts with the wrong Google account, so in case you're wondering who I am, it's Emily, from Discovering Flowers. Sorry!

Carol said...

What a great idea! I love how it turned out!

Real Life Reslers said...

I have a couple of old frames that I have been looking for a project for! I am sooooo excited! I love your creative idea. It will look good in my office.
ps If anyone is looking for old windows, there are stores run by Habitat for Humanity that sell old building supplies. That's where I found why old windows.

Eliza said...

Wow, you amaze me.

Lanie Ree said...

I love this! If you'd like, I have a link party every Wednesday. And I'd be honored if you'd link this up.

Heather said...

Awesomeness on so many levels, you must be thrilled with how it turned out. Thanks so much for sharing!

Bonnie @ House of Grace said...

Hi,
I just found your blog from BNOTP and I love it. I am your newest follower!
Bonnie
http://creatingahouseofgrace.blogspot.com

Jillian said...

Love, love, love it!!!

AM from White House, Black Shutters said...

Commented on another post of yours, but I love it! Maybe this will convince my husband that we should keep the old windows that came with our house! ;)

~Issy said...

Oh. My. Gosh.

I. LOVE. THIS.

You, my friend, are so dang creative!! I'm now a stalker, i mean a FOLLOWER! :)

Chris said...

It's gorgeous! I've never used magnetic primer before. Now I'll have to think of a project. Hmmmm... Thanks for the inspiration!

all thingz related said...

Not only does this look great...but it looks great in the place you hung it! just SUPER!
~Bridgette {allthingzrelated}

Lana K. W. Austin said...

Ahhh...wonderful! Your little helper seems to have loved it, too!
I adore your "oxymoronic" blog name, too!
Hugs, Lana

Caitlin said...

Oh my gosh! I absolutely love this project! Thank you so much for sharing!

After seeing your sweet comments on my blog I just had to stop in and say thank you and check everything out!

Thanks again so much!

Caitlin @ That House on The Corner

Too Many Hats said...

Wow, you really transformed that.

ashlina said...

so brilliant. i absolutely love it!!!!!!!!!!!!
so glad i found your blog. cant wait to see more of this!

kirstin & jordan said...

OH, how I love this! YAY for windows as decor!
we have a friday fun finds party... if you're interested, we'd love it if you'd link up this week!

Gaia said...

What a beautiful job!
I love when old objects has a new life!

Well done!
Come to visit me... I've just opened a Giveaway contest!
Have a great week!

Emily said...

I love it! It's so fabulous!!

Lanie Ree said...

Yup, I will definitely be including this in the feature today!

Kristy said...

I have a ton of old windows in my garage, and had planned to do something similar with a few of them, but I had never considered including a chalkboard panel or making them magnetic - thanks for the inspiration!

Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating said...

I just came from Kimba's and thought, "Hmmm...that looks strangely familiar!" Yep...I saw you on SYTYCD...and I voted for you! I've seen many people do similar things with old windows, but your execution of the idea is second to none. In fact, when I saw it the first time, I saved it in my "ideas file". We'll see if I can pull it off as well as you did! :D

Nancy said...

This is a great idea! Dang, my hubby threw out some windows (even though I said 'Don't do it...I'll find a use for them!!').

Now I know what to do next time I have a spare window...but now I want to go hunt one down!

This is GREAT!

Stephenie from Decorating Addiction said...

This is really cool. I love old windows and am always trying to think of new things to do with them. I really like it! Great job.

Stacie@HobbitDoor said...

I absolutely love this idea! I made some art for our daughter's room with some old windows but I never would have thought of this! Thank you so much for sharing!

Sweet Little Smoothie said...

This is absolutely gorgeous!! I just found your blog and I am hooked!

FrouFrouBritches said...

So cute and I totally passed up a window like that at a flea market today because I couldn't decide for sure what I'd do with it. Now I know! TOO CUTE!

Kristy said...

I was inspired by your project to do something similar to an old window as a gift for my sister, and blogged about the results:

http://slidingdownthestairs.blogspot.com/2010/04/old-window-turned-message-board.html

Just wanted to share, since I linked back to you!