An old Window- Time Worn Paint Technique

I don’t share my projects much at linky parties anymore…even though it was my number one way to share posts when I first started this blog, so it was fun when a friend congratulated me on my blog feature at Knick of Time’s vintage inspiration party. I couldn’t believe it and had to come home to check it out. So thank you Angie! how fun to be featured on a blog that I started following way back when we both began.

Today I’m sharing something that is just fun for me. A couple of weeks ago a friend stopped by just to say hello. She is one of my favorite people so I love when she does that. This time she surprised me with a few items she wanted to get rid of and thought I could us instead of taking them to the thrift store drop off. This old window was one of them. It was the window to her husband’s music studio that they renovated. It was quite dirty and falling apart (as you can see).

First I cleaned it up with some good old fashioned bleach, water, and a scrub brush.

It had a loose corner that needed fixing. At first I tried to fix it by using my brad nail gun and wood glue, but it didn’t really hold very well. After him-hawing for a little while, I decided to redirect my vision.

Originally I was going to attach chicken wire to it, but then I found this grate from our old screen door that’s been lying around in the garage for, umm….years. It fit the opening perfectly and turned out to be a solid solution to my problem with the loose corner.

I liked the chipped patina, but it was so loose it was coming off. 
After adding the screening, I decided to refinish the frame as well. So I got out some of my favorite Country Chic paint colors and started layering them on, never cleaning my brush in between.
I love the old hardware on this window and immediately thought of using it as a hook. I don’t think I’ve expressed this much here, but I love hooks. When I visit my favorite flea markets or antique shops, the first question I ask is if they have any hooks. So this was the first thing I noticed about this window.

It was the perfect size to hang a wreath on. 
I liked the way the window looked in my entry way, but wasn’t sure that it was in the right place.
After I finished my coat rack, I figured out why. 
It was just meant to hang above it! 
Perfect for entering the summer, ya think?
Have a wonderful day!

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