Changing the windows in your home is a great way to reduce your energy costs. You don’t have to throw away all of those beautiful wooden windows that you take out. You can use the old windows for some great craft projects. Here is how you can reuse your old windows to make picture frames.
Turning Windows into Picture Frames Step 1- Remove Hardware
You will first want to remove any old hardware that might be remaining on the old windows. The ones I worked on had some metal clasps for the locks as well as some other random hardware I didn’t have a clue what it was for. Be careful if the old hardware is rusty.
Turning Windows into Picture Frames Step 2- Remove the Glass Panes
When I did my first window I left the window panes in. On the second one, I took the panes out. It was much easier to sand and paint without the window panes in and there was less cleaning when I was finished painting. The way you remove the window panes will depend on the style window you have and how the panes are held in place. The windows I worked on had some tiny little metal clasps that held the window panes in place. All I had to do was lift the metal clasps with a flathead screwdriver to remove the panes.
Turning Windows into Picture Frames Step 3- Sand the Window Frame
You will want to sand the window frame to remove any chipping paint and to give your new coat of paint something to adhere to. When sanding one window frame I noticed the wood under the paint was beautiful. If you come across this you might want to consider simply staining the window frame. I used my husband’s little hand held sander, but you can just use sanding blocks if you don’t have a sander.
Turning Windows into Picture Frames Step 4- Paint the Frame
You will want to paint the frame and allow plenty of time to dry before you finish the project. I put two coats of paint on my window frames.
Turning Windows into Picture Frames Step 5- Replace the Window Panes
After the frame has completely dried you should put the window panes back into the window frame.
Turning Windows into Picture Frames Step 6- Add Pictures
Place the pictures in the window. My windows allowed me to put four 8×10 prints in the frame. Measure your window before you order your prints to be sure you have the correct size.
Turning Windows into Picture Frames Step 7- Add Backing to the Photos
You will need to place something on the back of the window frame to hold the pictures in place like a normal picture frame would have. I used a cardboard box and cut it to the size of each individual picture. I then taped it to the back of the frame.
Turning Windows into Picture Frames Step 8- Attach a Picture Hanger
You will want to find some sort of picture hanger to attach to the back of the frame. You can search your local craft or hardware store to find something, but to give you an idea you can use something like this Picture Hanging Set.
Those are nine easy steps to turn an old window into a picture frame. Remember you can often find old windows at local flea markets or garage sales if you don’t happen to have old windows in your home.
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