I love gallery walls and have been planning to do one on our stairs since we moved in but just couldn’t get my creative juices flowing to make it come together. Four years later and just last spring when we started our master bath renovation inspiration dawned!
When we took out the big window in our bathroom, I knew I’d be making a DIY window photo frame with that oversized beauty. And since it is oversized, it’s perfect for the staircase wall.
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I ordered a bunch of 8×8 prints from Snapfish…
And decided to add a little interest to some of the squares so it would feel more like a gallery wall.
But first, I needed to get the wood on the frame ready. I started by sanding everything smooth. (I used an electric sander and was careful not to press too hard so I didn’t break a window pane)Next, I added some blue paint (Behr Pensive Sky) to the edges and dry brushed a little over the white paint on both the outside frame and the wood around each window pane. Lastly, I lightly sanded over the entire frame.
The finish turned out to have this weathered soft blue color. I added twigs to a few panes and hung some photos using ribbon,twine and tiny clothes pins- I also added vinyl text that I got from Hobby Lobby.
I cut this
Tin Ceiling Tile,in Turquoise Rosette to fit one of the panes to add color and texture.
And to add a little more fun, I added this
Chicken Wire (which is made for crafting and super easy to work with!)
For the rest of the photos I used
3M Double-Sided Tape to stick them to the glass! Since the window is so big, we measured and marked it on the wall and Mike used screws to anchor the frame into studs. You wouldn’t need to do that on a smaller window.I also added some pretty turquoise pulls to the bottom of the window.
Have you done something fun with an old window???
I’m adding this post to My Year of Reckless Crafting because I shopped in the Mixed Media section to get the tin, chicken wire and vinyl for this project. I’ve never used vinyls in a project! (But I will definitely use them again soon!)