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February 28, 2013

Put a Bird on It

Last summer I was working in my kitchen when I heard a loud crash behind me. I went to the back door and realized the window had fallen out of our OLD wooden back door. I was expecting a big clean up job but quickly found that window was completely intact. At this point I was very happy not because I didn't have a mess to clean up but for two other reasons. First, I would finally be forced to get a new screen door for the back door, something I've wanted since the day we moved in. Second, for years I have wanted to do something with an old window for my home and now I finally had a window to do it with.


Ever since I watched High Fidelity in college and saw the wall of old windows in Lisa Bonet's character's apartment I have wanted to play with windows as art. Finally my chance!

But it was summer and I had gardening to do. As well as sun bathing and vacationing and barbecuing and all of those things you'd rather be doing outside rather than working on projects. So the window was set against the wall near the backdoor and basically forgotten about. A month or so ago Bryan asked me about it and I realized it was probably bothering him a lot more than it was bothering me. (He likes everything in it's place while I'm a bit of a "piler".) The truth is while I was excited to have my window I had no idea what to do with it. I knew it would be hung on the wall but t needed some upgrading first. There happened to be an art installation using old windows in one of our local restaurants at the time. The window panes had been painted which I had been considering but now that I saw it "in the flesh" it wasn't doing it for me. So of course I turned to pintrest. Again I didn't find much that did it for me. I considered making it a photo frame or putting interesting fabric behind it....

The other questions was painting. I liked the gray color and I liked the rustic feel of the peeling paint. But it was probably a little too rustic and seriously if I'm not careful I will make my whole life gray, I just always reach for it. I was leaning toward turquoise which is awfully popular right now but I already had some turquoise and I love it so I went with it.

I cleaned the window, taking off a lot of the old chipping paint just by washing it with a soft cloth and used a razor blade to clean old paint off the glass. I took a damp cloth and rubbed on the new paint. I didn't worry about getting all of the nooks and crannies. I wanted to keep the distressed look and maybe some of the gray but add a little color.


A few weeks ago I was wandering the aisles of JoAnn's wondering if there was a fabric interesting enough to transform my window. Instead of fabric I found these bird wall decorations. I know birds are out and owls are in. My friend, a home designer says snakes are next, but these seemed like the right fit for my window. I asked Bryan if he felt evoking Portlandia and putting a bird on it was too cheesy but he was open to it. I had a direction for my window!


I love it! I wish I could show it to you up on my wall but I haven't gotten that far yet, I still need to get to the hardware store to put a hanging thingy on it. I'll post again once I get it on the wall.


Update 3/9/13
Last weekend Bryan hung it for me. I love it!

Put a Bird on It

Posted by Sarah on February 28, 2013 8:16 AM


Anonymous says ...

This is incredibly cute!! Where do you plan to hang it?

incoherently grubled at March 3, 2013 12:19

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