old window DIY

Last weekend after the farmer’s market my friend Brittany and I decided to make a stop at Picks. I hadn’t been there in a couple of months so there was no way I could say no to that idea! Every time I’ve gone there to shop I have found something that is the perfect fit for a spot I had been working to fill at my house. This time was no different! I picked out an old 8-pane white window. The glass is removed and so it was just the frame. I have a big space on the wall along side my front door that I have been trying to find something to fill and could visualize that this would be a good fit πŸ™‚

Once I got it up on the wall where I wanted it I took some time to think about what I wanted to do to add some personality to it. It’s a beautiful classic piece on it’s own but I wanted to make sure I was utilizing it for something other than just decor if I was able to.

As I was brainstorming I started thinking about pictures and prints of photos. I know that prints are becoming a thing of the past in a lot of people’s opinion but I still really enjoy making physical prints of photos to hang up. I find that I get to enjoy them much more than if they are just on my phone and not being looked at often. In looking at the panes of the window I figured there had to be a fairly easy way for me to hang/display photos in each of the panes. So that’s where I got to work!

I have always wanted a reason to buy and use the pretty LED battery powered lights that have been so popular lately. I love that they are bendable on the cable so you can wrap them around objects to get them just how you want them to lay. I found a 7 foot length of them at Target for 5 dollars! I wrapped them around the middle intersections of the panes and then let the end trail off. The only downside is that the battery pack is tough to disguise….so I just ensured I left enough length at the end so that it could extend down far enough to reach my TV stand. That way the pack rests down low and I can turn the lights off and on easily. The sparkle is so simple and pretty. I look forward to have them turned on in the evenings when I am reading and relaxing.

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My next hurdle was determining how I was going to get photos and other things to hang from the panes. I considered some sort of string/rope/twine but thought that that might not be the best route. Then I thought about binder/buffalo clips and how easily those would hold photos or cards of any kind. They were my choice but I still had to determine how to affix them to the window. I decided to buy some really miniature command strips (Side note: they honestly have an entire AISLE of command strips at Target now. It’s overwhelming how many kinds of hooks and strips there are to pick from now!) because I knew that they would be clear and not distract from the window. I used them on the back of each binder clip and pressed them firmly to the spot in the center of each window pane. Now they can be opened and closed with no problem and changing out any photos or cards in the future will be a breeze

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I am so happy with how something so simple turned out and it makes a huge difference in my living room/entry way. I will be excited to change out the photos over time and I am also thinking about how it will be the perfect place to display any Christmas cards I get this upcoming winter πŸ™‚

This weekend I was happy to have not too much on my schedule and had some time to sit outside and enjoy the beautiful weather we had. I spent some good quality time out on my patio reading and getting even more inspiration for some additional small projects at home. I snagged a book from Kittsona lifestyle last summer when I first moved into my house called “Happy Handmade Home” that was written by two design-loving sisters that have their own blog/website called “A Beautiful Mess”. If any of you have similar style to me or like to do your own hands-on DIY projects I highly recommend checking out their stuff. I found a lot of new pages to flag of some simple makeover projects that I want to try out. Their website is A-MAY-ZING and has so much content and amazing design ideas, recipes, and so much more. You can check it out right HERE πŸ™‚

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Thanks so much for reading! It has been exciting to get “back into it” and find some new projects to take on. I have a feeling that these next few months are going to bring a lot of fun new changes at my house and I’m already looking forward to sharing them with all of you. Have a wonderful week and I will see you next Sunday πŸ™‚

#sugarspiceandstylethatsnice

xoxo Jen

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