That said, I finished one project that I've been wanting to do for a few years now, but just never did. I never found "the right one" and I'm glad actually, since this really is pretty catered to the space I'm living in now and may not have looked right if I had done it before. I made picture frames out of old windows. I've always loved the rustic look and LOVE old windows. I think I've finally determined my style. "Rustic Barn Shabby Chic".... I want to live in an old farm house on several acres with field, forest and a Christmas tree farm someday.
Side Note: I drove by the perfect house in West Salem last week. For sale. For only $985K.... so we'll have to wait until it goes for sale again in 10 years when Sky's a doctor... ;) (Seriously though, we're going to keep our eye on it! I mean, check it out!! It's everything (property wise) that we've talked about and the style of the house is great too! I've never wanted a garage that is the first thing you drive up to. I love that this house has the garage off to the side and that the front door is semi-symmetrical and the prominent thing that you see about the house.) ... ANYWAY. Back to the project. :)
So, for Mother's Day, I took my mom out for a date to a cute bakery in Aurora and then took her to the Aurora Mills Architectural Salvage. AWESOME. We walked in and it's JAM PACKED with old barn and old house things. Doors, stained glass windows, old knobs...literally anything architectural that you could imagine. We almost didn't stay long because the antique bathtubs were $1,000.00, the stained glass was $4,000.... and so on. Not quite my budget. But we had seen a sign out front that said "ask about our $5 windows!"... so on our way out, we decided to pop back in and ask about them (with this project in mind.). The $5 windows weren't much of anything, but it led us to the back barn, which we had no idea about! I found two great windows - one for $15 and one for $45. On our way back inside, we found there was a loft in the main barn that we didn't know about! There were plenty of treasures up there too. We ended up spending about 2 hours there browsing everything. Some stuff seemed WAY expensive, while other things seemed almost too cheap. Nonetheless, it was all fun to look at and admire and let my creative juices flow. If you ever catch me in Lowe's or at a thrift store and I'm just standing back, looking at something for 15 minutes with a far-off look in my eye...don't disturb me. I'm busy envisioning. :)
I knew where I wanted these two windows to go in the house, so I bought the windows according to the right shape of the wall space where I wanted them to hang. (Both in our living room, but one by the bookcases and one over the couch).
Here's the $15 one completed and hung up:
The $45 one had masking tape from someone prior trying to paint the panes black. Unfortunately, they left the tape on for a REALLY long time, so I had to use some elbow grease, a razor blade and some Goo Gone to clean up the glass first.
I didn't care that it was painted black (poor paint job) because I was going to use the other side.
I filled it with photos of our wedding (printed off in Sepia tone) because I realized I had no wedding pics of us up at all in the old house! So...I made a little ode to our day of vows. :)
I love them. They turned out exactly how I imagined them! Gotta love it when projects do that!! :)
More projects to come... I'm off to work while my babe sleeps!