September 28, 2009

Antique Window Turned Wall Art

I bought an old window off of Craiglist for $3. It was pretty, with chippy white paint.

I had so many ideas of ways to use it, it made it hard to decide.
I ended up painting it. (no surprise :))
I printed out an antique map from Biblical times.

On paper grocery bags. I felt like it added to the aged look. And they were in my pantry, which meant no trip to the store :)
Just taped it to the back!

Hung it over the door to my laundry room.
Ta Da!
$3 wall art!


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74 comments:

Jennifer Juniper said...

LOVE the vintage look. Great idea! Great price :)

Delightful Dwelling said...

Wow, what a neat idea, printing on paper bags! I love it!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

That really adds a lot of interest to that spot! What a great idea and I love the window painted.

Dresser Girl said...

I have 4 of those windows! OMS - I LOVE IT!! And now I'm so inspired!

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

Don't you just love old windows? They are so heavy to hang though. Love the Biblical map idea.

jen @ the inspiration studio said...

Love it! I can't believe you found one for so cheap! Looks great!

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

I love old windows like this! I love what you did with yours!! Using paper bags!!! I never would have thought of that!

blessings
mary

myrepurposedlife.blogspot.com said...

awesome! very creative!
gail

Lisa said...

Very pretty. U must have a great printer to be able to print that so nicely and piece it all together!!

Lisa Anne said...

Very pretty. U must have a great printer to be able to print that so nicely and piece it all together!!

Jen V - Flawed and Fabulous Crafts said...

I LOVE IT! I am going to look on Craigs list right now for a window! Thanks for the inspiration:)

Magic Brush said...

I did a post last month on altered window panes....

http://themagicbrushinc.blogspot.com/2009/07/altered-window-panes.html


I am a huge fan!

Never thought of the map... love that!

Barb said...

Grocery bags. Great idea!!!
I get rolls of Brown paper at garage sales too. Usually under a dollar for a whole roll.

Glad you came by or i would not have found you!
Going back to look more and sign up to follow.
see you again.
barbara jean

PS Glad you liked my crows. =0)

Jacey @ Trash2MyTreasure said...

wow so cool! great idea! I found you through shades of pink link up :) love your blog!

Kristen said...

That is so clever.

I have tons of old windows in my shed.

Mrs. Nepper said...

Wow, $3 is already impressive, but what you did with it is even better. Love it!
And hey, if you happen to see another $3 window...let me know ;)

Rachel said...

Geez, that is so creative! I love that you printed it on grocery bags. Very green. :)

Fruitful Vine Lady said...

Wow, absolutely stunning! You are incredibly talented.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love the olive and gray as well. They're yummy.
Blessings,
Tonya

Anne said...

I've been looking for something like this! I have a big blank wall in my dining room and I wanted to use an antique map but I wasn't really sure how. Now I'm going to check Craig's List for an old window!

Patricia@nmyfreetime.blogspot.com said...

Wow!
How beautiful is that?
I love it!

Sheri said...

Oh my word. So completely in love with this!

I have a linky party going on come on over and link up! http://theshadesofpink.blogspot.com/2009/09/room-month-shade-tutorial.html

SouthernGalsBoutique said...

Wow!! Thank you for visiting my site!! Now I'm hooked on yours and will be adding it to my blog roll!! I love your ideas!! I have listed my cakes on Craigs List, as well as Etsy, Ebay etc.. just trying to get some word of mouth spreading it around too! :-) Thank you again.

Kathy said...

WOW that is awesome!! thanks for sharing...

Mandy said...

Love it! I have an old window that I'm still deciding what I want to do with...this is VERY cool!

Jenn said...

It sounds like you're as big of a Craigslist addict as I am! :) Nothing beats online bargain shopping!

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

That is such a pretty way to repurpose a frame! It really looks like an aged map! However did you get the grocery bags through your printer?

Anyway, thanks for stopping by my blog so I could find yours!

Manuela

anhesty said...

great job! i am going to be on the hunt for an old window now! i really like what you did.

"Blossom" said...

Great idea; it looks awesome.

Nadir @ Hodgepodge said...

Oh my goodness what an amazing idea! I love this! My future husband & future mother-in-law would love this!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

Runner Mom said...

Love this!!! Did the grocery bags do ok in the printer? I think our printer would have jammed up and simply died! Too cute, girlfriend!!
Hugs,
susan

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

I'm glad you left a comment on my little yellow table post. This is the first time I have visited your blog. I looked scrolled down to many of your prior posts and they are all beautiful and creative. I am adding you to follow.

Ali said...

Very cool! I have 2 windows like that that I found for $1 each, still trying to figure our what I want to do with them though....I thought about doing something similar with one of my photos, but the map idea is really awesome!!

Tracychele said...

What a great idea! I need to spend more time checking out old things to makeover! Thanks for the inspiration.

Mama Thompson said...

That is so fantastic...brilliant on the paper bag idea...did you just cut it to paper size and load it in your printer? I keep seeing these old windows all over people's blogs and I would love one...I just don't know where in my house it would go...oh...I'll find someplace!

Heidi said...

It looks FAB!!! I would have never thought of printing on paper bags. How clever! Where did you find the map image? I love the way the window looks over the door and highlights your tall celings! Well done!

Ticking and Toile said...

Love it! I did something similar, but not nearly as cute!! You are amazing!

Take care

Shellagh

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

I love it!!! Especially that you printed it out on grocery bags. Very smart!!! I put a black & white poster of vintage Paris from the early 1900's behind my old window. I fee like I'm in Paris everytime I look at it. Thanks for visiting my blog & leaving me a comment.
Kim

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

I love it! It's gorgeous!

Nancy said...

OOOH I love it! It adds so much interest! Nancy

Queen B. said...

WAAAAAAAAAAAAY COOL !!!!

The Phillips Place said...

LOVE IT!!!! Using paper bags is genius! Looks great :).

Jessica Morris said...

Adorable!! That is such a terrific idea - both with the window and using a Bible times map!!

I love cheap and unique decor!!

mycitycottage said...

I love your idea so clever so nice

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

Love the map!!! One of the coolest old windows I've seen!

Maddy said...

What a terrific idea! It looks great!

shelly said...

I love it!!! I have a huge window that I bought at a flea market in our garage..just been saving it for the right project! (now ya got me thinkin')

Leanne said...

It looks great. I love that you used paper grocery bags too. Love the map behind the window. I'm having a giveaway today. Stop by and enter if you get the chance.

patinamarie said...

Ditto! Ditto!! Ditto!!!

Love it.

Tina

Nancy @ Live love laugh said...

What a great idea! I am kicking myself that I saw old windows at the curb and I passed them up!
~Nancy

HouseMama said...

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog the other day - I appreciated the encouragement. I have had a writer's dry spell, but I'll be back. :)

And I'll enjoy looking through your blog for some great decorating ideas.

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Holy cow. THAT IS AWESOME! What a genius idea to print the map on grocery bags! I may have to try this with my "new" old window. Love it!

Sheri said...

Still lovin' this! Thanks for linking to my Room a Month, if you think of it could you link back so others can find it? Thanks! http://theshadesofpink.blogspot.com/2009/09/room-month-shade-tutorial.html

E said...

It's gorgeous! How did you print it out on grocery bags??

Lee Laurie said...

What a great idea! I love it!

Michelle said...

I adore this! What an amazing idea. And the grocery bags...you go!

Anny said...

You are so clever - I LOVE this!

Talia said...

Hi, you left a comment on my blog a little while back, and I've been meaning to do the same for a while now! First of all, I love that you came and commented simply because I said "holy moly" :)
and second of all, I must say "holy moly" again, because WOW!!! You are so incredibly talented and creative when it comes to all your wonderful projects and your decorating! I loved looking through everything and will DEFINITELY be back again. I've already got like a million good ideas from you. Thanks!! :)

cindy@cottage instincts said...

Fab. u. lous. 'nuff said.

Erica said...

What an awesome idea!!! I never would of thought to print on brown bags!!! You are amazing :) I love your ideas and your home :)

Lindsey@creativeattempts said...

Soo cute! That would go so great in my house! I think I'm gonna hafta folla ya!!

Lindsey @ Better After said...

Hi there! Lovely blog you have here! I'm now a follower :) (check my blog out if you want some chandelier ideas!)

T. Navis said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the look of your vintage window!!! Could you possibly take a second to let me know what paints you used to finish the window??

Thanks!

Ticking and Toile said...

Just wanted to let you know that I awarded you the "honest scrap" award! Please see my blog for details.

Take Care!

Shellagh

DecorQuips said...

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Bring out the Y-O-U!
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Someone's Mom said...

What a unique idea, it really looks great. I love the ideas people come up with...and that they are so willing to share them in blogland.

Sue

Nina Patricia @ The Adventures of Nina Patricia said...

I love it! I want to incorporate a map in my oldest son bedroom!!!

Shelly and Todd said...

Hey, where are you? You've been MIA?

Ronda Batchelor said...

I love your blog. You are a girl after my kind. I would love to share my latest project with you. http://lesrondabatchelor.blogspot.com/2009/10/my-free-table.html
Thanks
Ronda

Elaine said...

Hello Pretty Lady! Thank you for visiting my blog! I love all the projects you have going on here!! You've got a great way of making things look fabulous and recycling!! Can't wait to see more!

Mrs. Hasselbach said...

Hi! Love your blog! Hope all is well, been missing your great ideas & inspiration this week!

DecorQuips said...

Wonderful finds here! Also, I made an interesting discovery. Here’s an excerpt from an article I wrote about it this month…
DÉCOR TIPS & QUIPS from AlphabetPIX.com
Bring Out The YOU In Your Home Decor!
Bill Blass said, “Style is primarily a matter of instinct.” Decorating takes on a new meaning for each individual. Different tastes in decor mean different furniture, artwork and color palettes. So what is the rule of thumb for making your place zing if it’s not a certain style, pattern, or color?
Bring out the Y-O-U!
Make a statement and let your personality shine through! Add your zing to make it pop. Hang something personal on the wall with a few well-chosen accents-bold and beautiful. The trend for decor is becoming more and more personalized.
Whatever you want to say while decorating, say it with your own individual style. Put it out there for the world to see and don’t look back. Express yourself! When people enter your home they’ll shoot you a complementary smile, knowing it looks and feels sooooo perfectly like you. And no one can do YOU better.
by T. Miller
Décor Tips & Quips from AlphabetPIX
http://www.alphabetpix.com
Take your individual decorating style to a whole new level of personalization, and discover a new way of looking at the world around you - Create your own Personalized Name Art with Photos That Look Like Letters!
tags: alphabetpix, personalized name art, alphabet photography, alphabet photo art, name in photos, photo letters, photo name designs, name gifts, name photos, photo alphabet, personalized gifts, name designs, decorating, home décor, interior design, wall art, design ideas, wedding gifts, personal gifts, personal art

Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic said...

I love the idea of the map behind the old window - awesome. Your home looks so warm, and inviting!

The Jensenites said...

Fabulous Idea! Where did you go to find the map? Would you please tell me the site?
Thank you!!!!

mithun said...

congrats! keep up the good work/this is a great presentation.


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