Monday, June 18, 2012

Window Frame Ideas

Every evening my hubby, our youngest and I go for a bike ride.  It's one of our favorite things to do just before sunset.  On our ride we always pass a house that had these wonderful HUGE old wood windows leaned up against their back garage, not being used for years.  To me, they were lovely and I couldn't believe they had been so easily discarded.  I finally persuaded hubby to go ask the owners about them.  Turns out, they didn't want them any longer so we happily took them off their hands.  Just goes to show, it certainly pays to ask, right?  
Here's one of them before I did anything to it.

There were 4 windows total, each of them 6 feet tall, two of them 4 feet wide and two of them 2 feet wide.  Several of the panes were broken out of a couple of them, but after looking at the windows more closely, I figure they can be easily replaced.  And hopefully, inexpensively.

I'm hoping to do something unique with one of the larger windows and 
so I spent the weekend prepping it.

I happen to be in love with black window frames.  I'm usually not one to incorporate lots of the color black into my decor but there is something about black window frames that I find stunning.  
Here are a couple of inspiration pics I found while hunting for some inspiration.

I especially like them in mostly white rooms.

And I really love them with warm wood accents.

They really make quite an architectural statement.

Of course, our house looks nothing like any of these and we aren't changing our windows if that's what you're thinking.  I don't think we're up for that kind of project.  ;)

But I love looking for inspiration this way.  Most of the ideas I came across for using window frames were a chalkboard, frame for photos, room dividers, mirrors, etc.  I'm still not 100% sure what I'm doing with this big ol' thing but I love it so much I just have to use it, right?  And it is a "souvenir" of sorts to remind me of the relaxing bike rides we take each evening after dinner that have become so special to me.

I gave it a good cleaning and then scraped all the old paint off and painted it a color called Charcoal Sketch from Better Homes and Gardens.  Here's how it looks now.

As you can see, it is huge.  But that's what I love about it.  I've never been all that into old window frames but this one is a treasure because of the size.  And that's why I really want to do something special with it.  I just have to figure out what that is!  :)

Stay tuned.....


  1. Crazy as it sounds, it looks good just propped up there like you have it! I've seen windows hanging up in rooms and used like a room divider...wish I had a pic but it's a great look. Whatever you decide to do will look wonderful!


  2. Deborah E. in KansasMon Jun 18, 06:41:00 AM CDT

    I think they would be best showcased as art. Maybe paint them all black and hang them all on a single wall....a gorgeous statement!

  3. Perhaps you could fill some panes with photos and all your happy memories and hang on the wall, my other idea was a room divider :-) Good luck. x

  4. I can see it leaning up against a wall with a large wreath or as a backdrop to hang a framed painting, or just a pretty frame...
    I have a window with glass about half this size that I have propped on a sideboard and I use it in this manner and I love the layered look it brings to the space. I'm sure you'll find a lovely way to incorporate it! Joyce

  5. Such big windows, I'd framing them, adding a wee bit of wall, capping them off with a simple roof and calling it a little greenhouse. Lucky find!

  6. I've got the original dark woodwork in out house and have pinned some similar images to those you've posted today. If I ever get the courage to paint the trim, I plan to leave the window sashes dark as I also love that look. I like your window just as it is, but where to hang it? I'll stay tuned to see what you come up with. :@

    Great find!

  7. Holy Cow! What a GREAT FIND....this is the kind of find dreams are made of. Thanks to your post, I too am in love with black window frames!!! Thanks for sharing.


  8. That's SO beautiful! I can't wait to find out what you're going to do with it! Honestly, I think you could just hang it as-is on the wall and it would be gorgeous.

  9. I love the window in black. I can't wait to see what you come up with. It's going to be fabulous whatever you come up with! ~ Jamie

  10. Love the black window pics! And your window looks amazing, maybe with a flickering light behind it? So pretty.

  11. It looks great painted black.
    I think those windows would look great as a "wind-break" for a patio.

  12. Just curious...did you sand the white paint off before repainting? There are a ton of old window projects I want to do, but I'm worried about sanding off the paint because of lead...

  13. Those are fantastic! The size is so unusual-unlimited possibilities!

  14. OH my gosh! I love black frames - obviously! And the whole story behind your house! Great make overs!

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  16. That window is great! Reminds me of one at Jones Design Company. Here is the link to see how she used hers as a room divider.


  17. WOW! It is huge! I like the room divider idea...maybe even a backdrop on the back or front porch? A bit of a "breeze blocker"? HMMMM? As always, I will be anxious to see what you come up with! Love to YOU!

  18. What an awesome find!! I love free, side-of-the road finds. And I love old windows. I have one and I put over my mantel sometimes. Love all the black window frames too! Awesome!!


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