Friday, July 22, 2016

DIY: Old Window Maps

Old windows make me happy. The thought about the history that each window holds from days gone by, really speaks to me. I love giving something with history a new purpose in my home, something that has feeling in it & a story to tell means so much more to me hanging on the wall. Old window are usually only a few dollars at the flea market or sometimes free.

What you'll need:

- old window panel
- windex &paper towel
- popsicle stick
- old map or old paper
- sandpaper

All painting materials can be purchased at your local hardware store.


Step 1: Clean window. Make sure to wipe down your entire window, including the wood frame and glass on both sides.

Step 2: Sand the frame with a finer grain sandpaper to get a genuine weathered look and soften rough edges. If you desire you can also apply a quick coat of paint on the frame in any color you wish. I chose to leave this window as-is.

Step 3: Start tearing the map into pieces that will fit your windows.

Step 4: lay your window down on a flat surface

Step 5: Apply Mod Podge to the face of map with a paint brush

...& carefully apply map piece to your window, push down slowly and evenly as you go to prevent bubbles from appearing.

Step 6: I took my fingers or you could use a Popsicle stick and start from the center and work your way out to make sure to push out all remaining Mod Podge and bubbles to ends of map.

Step 7: Wipe off any Mod Podge on glass and let dry for a few hours.

Step 8: Place your window wherever you like. Vintage windows look neat as a headboard, or on a blank wall that currently has no (real) windows.

Use your imagination when adding wall decor to your home, not every thing you hang up has to be new, mix & match the old with the new for a fun, creative, unique and vintage meets modern look that will add texture to your space and leave your guests never looking at old windows the same ever again.

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