Trash to Treasure- Refurbished Window Frame

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Here is another trash to treasure makeover that breathes new life into an old window frame and adds some more character to the guest room displaying some favorite old photos.

As I look at this worn out window without glass, I cannot help but be curious about all the lives it has led as I see remnants of many different colors of paint reflecting all the different looks it has sported throughout the years.


Old window frame

Wood glue

fabric cut slightly smaller then the size of the window

Kilz spray paint primer

Krylon spray paint in Burgundy gloss

Painters tape (to cover hardware while painting)

Eye screws

Gold wire

Nails and picture wire (to hang)

Small clothespins

Collection of old photos

Staple and 1/4″ staples

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Clean frame with a damp rag and let dry.

trash to treasure window frame

The top window of the frame was loose so I added a little wood glue and pressed with clamps overnight.

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Cover hardware with painter’s tape.

An exacto knife works well to cut tape around some of the hardware.

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In a well ventilated area, spray frame with one coat of Kilz primer.

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Once primer coat is dry, spray with Krylon Burgandy Gloss spray paint.

When paint is dry add one to two more coats until you get desired finish.


Cut a piece of fabric slightly smaller than the frame.  This is the fabric I originally chose for the guest room window treatment before I found the adorable red and cream houndstooth fabric.  I love this fabric for this project because it is a nice medium weight fabric and the black with small dot pattern creates a nice background for the photos without being too busy.


Pound small nails with heads on each side of the top of the frame.

Wrap picture wire around nails for hanger.

This step can be done after all fabric is stapled down.

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Place frame upside down on table and then lay the fabric right side down and staple.

Staple one end and then pull taunt and staple the other end.

Repeat on sides.

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Add small screw eyes to each window frame where you will add wire and hang photos, cards, or notes.

Trash to treasure window frame

 Using a small gage gold wire, wrap around screw eye and across window frame.

trash to treasure frame angled view

Using small clothespins, attach your favorite photos, postcards, Christmas cards, or notes to your renewed frame giving it another life to live 🙂

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Cyber hugs,

Amy – joyfuldaisyforever@gmail.com



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  1. Alyson from Starting over at the Dirty 30

    I LOVE this! And what a great place to display some of your favorite windows. And I really like that you chose to display it in your guest room. I need to add some more artwork to our guest room and this would be a perfect way to do so. Great job!


    1. joyfuldaisyforever@gmail.com

      Hi Alyson! Thanks for stopping by 🙂 So glad you liked my frame, I am working on three more projects and then I will feature my guest room reveal so I hope you can stop back! Cyber hugs to you, Amy

  2. paperworx4seniors2

    Loving your window, great idea to feature old photos, conversation starter. Great post, great tutorial.
    You’ve really sparked my idea to redo one more window we have left. I’ve been “saving” it so to speak til I decided what I wanted to do with it. You’ve inspired me with your window.
    We’ve just finished painting our living room and have changed my color palette so want to redo a window to put on one of walls. Also creating new art/projects to replace older things I’ve had up for too long. Maybe instead of putting fabric on back I’ll put photos of shells and beach stuff in window panes. Will paint the frame. I had lots of old windows but had to leave most of them in KY when we left, have yet to find any here (west of Grand Junction, CO). Happy days

  3. Pauline Molinari

    Love it! This turned out GREAT! Thanks for being a part of the Monday Funday Link Party!

    1. joyfuldaisyforever@gmail.com

      Thanks a bunch Pauline 🙂

  4. My Girlish Whims

    Thanks so much for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday, I featured this on my blog tonight! Come stop by and grab a featured button 🙂 http://www.mygirlishwhims.com/2014/05/your-whims-wednesday-163-and-features.html

    1. joyfuldaisyforever@gmail.com

      Thank you! Thank you! I will be grabbing that button 🙂

  5. Lauren

    What an improvement! Very cute way to display photos! I’d be thrilled if you’d link up at this week’s Off the Hook!

    1. joyfuldaisyforever@gmail.com

      Thanks Lauren 🙂 I gladly linked up at daisycottagedesigns.net

  6. Carrie This Home

    What a great way to display photos! I like this so much I’ll be featuring it at the next Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop!

    1. joyfuldaisyforever@gmail.com

      Hey Carrie! I am thrilled to be featured 🙂 Thanks a bunch!

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