When Kate was home for Christmas break we ventured to a salvage store just a wee bit south of Wilmington. It was a fun outing and I came home with an old window that had only one pane of glass and a sad looking stool. I’m still noodling what to do with the stool, but the upcycled window frame spoke to me and told me it would be the perfect project for the stash of shells we’ve accumulated over the years.
I did pick up the ‘mother of pearl’ looking shells (Ashland Crushed Shells) at Michael’s on one of my many visits to that store.
My first course of business was to wash the window frame and glass. The poor window had been sitting in some warehouse for years and was a tad yucky.
Then I laid it out and started placing the shells in various patterns on the pane of glass. Once I had pattern I liked I used a washable glass marker (for names on wine glasses) to mark the position on the glass. I also took a photo of the upcycled window frame with my cell phone so that I could duplicate it again.
I used a small brush and placed small dots of Modge Podge on the glass of the frame, starting with where I wanted the center shells to be. Several weeks back I painted the Modge Podge on a piece of glass to see how it would dry and I realized that it was best to use just a wee bit as it does show when it is dry.
I really love how this upcycled window frame turned out and think it looks great in my bedroom. It blends the paisley in my bedding with the beachy feel that our room also has. My pale blue walls are the perfect backdrop for the window and shells.
It seems that everywhere I look now I see old window frames in various states of wear that are begging to be given a second life. There are so many ways to ‘bedazzle’ them and make an upcycled window frame your very own.
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