Monday, January 25, 2010

Window Bulletin Board - tutorial

I saw a great idea a while ago. Fabulous idea. Someone took an old french door, popped the glass out, and put cork board in the panes for a great looking bulletin board.

I don't have an old french door, but I do have wood frame windows that we (meaning my handy husband) took out of our house, circa 1939. Vinyl windows don't have the charm, but I love vinyl because I can't feel the wind whistle through them and they don't collect mold and condensation. My husband was going to throw out the wood windows and I cried out! I knew I could come up with something to do with them.

You can see the potential, right?
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The windows were piled behind the garage and were so gross and moldy. It was pouring down rain when I quickly snatched one from the pile. I brought it in and me and the girls scrubbed it clean. Then, I busted the glass out. That was super fun. This process made a huge mess, but I had it cleaned up by noon when Jeff came in for lunch and said, "What have you guys been up to this morning." I explained my idea and he gave me one of his I-adore-you-so-I-will-humor-your-nutty-idea looks.

window redo

After a good sanding, the frame was ready for primer. I like Kilz. Especially since there were spots that still held a tinge of green from the mold. Kilz covers anything.

window redo

Emma loves, love, loves to paint. I rather grudgingly let her help me. Doing crafts with kids required more patience than I wanted to extend, but I let her help. She said, "Thanks for letting me help you, mom." She is always so quiet and doesn't share her thoughts often. It's moments like these that I realize that I am shaping my child's memories. Emma will remember that I let her paint. Not that I made her watch because I wanted it to be perfect.

window redo

I had a hard time deciding what color to paint my window bulletin board. I knew I wanted to put it in my white and blue kitchen. White would be logical, but kinda boring. I have a great dark blue paint that I could have used. Or I had this red that makes my soul sing. I went with red. It is usually best to go with the way your soul is leaning.

window redo

I put on 3 coats of red and then did a bit of distressing with black. I had NO idea what I was doing as I smeared black paint on and then waited 4 and a half seconds and then wiped it off. I just wanted it took look less freshly painted and more worn. My husband came to see my progress and gave me a I-adore-you-so-I-will-humor-your-nutty-ideas look. I love that man. Mr. Practical can't fathom why I would distress something I just freshly painted.

window redo

When I was done painting and "distressing," I was ready to assemble my bulletin board. I bought cork board at Staples in 12" square sheets. They were 4 for $5 on sale. I shopped around for the best deal, but often the bulletin boards were the wrong size to get enough rectangles for my project.

window redo

I cut out the size I needed. Or rather, I had my scissors cut out the size I needed. What a dumb picture. When I saw this picture, I laughed. Seriously, do you have scissors that work without any help? Please never underestimate how difficult it is to take pictures for a tutorial. If someone knows of a tutorial on taking tutorial photographs, please leave me the link. I obviously need some guidance.

window redo

I used good old elmer's glue and added the cork board to the back side of the window.

window redo

It was a little flimsier than I wanted, so I added card board to the back of the cork.

window redo

I'm feeling so "green" right about now. Recycled window, recycled cork, recycled cardboard ... from a box of disposable diapers. And there is where my "green" train fall off the tracks.

window redo

The books smooshed flat the cork/cardboard sandwich.

I let it dry for a bit and then checked out my creation.

window redo

Ooh, I like. The wreath needs to go. It has been hanging in that exact spot for nearly 8 years. I didn't realize it was screaming "1992" until I saw this picture. But I like the bulletin board. And I love the red.

window redo

A quick craft project was to glue buttons to plain ol' thumb tacks. I put my children's names in three of the window panes to hold reminders specific to them. The top left area is for reminders of events and invitations. We're looking forward to my cousin Phil's wedding in April. I was privileged to design the invitation.

window redo

I'm glad it's done. It wasn't the fastest or easiest project, but I think it will be really practical for organizing as well as snazzy. Need a window to do one yourself? I have stash I am willing to share. :)


susan said...

I LOVE it! Can I have a window? How much do you want for it?

MelinaLawson said...

How fun. And I love the scissors cutting by themselves! It makes me think of the Sorcerer's Apprentice where the broom comes to life and starts working on its own.

Anonymous said...

or it would make a great dart board.

-- the man who adores you and humors your nutty ideas.

Janelle Rispler said...

Super cute, Alysun. Great idea. I think I might be coming across some old paned windows here pretty soon to work with. Looking forward to seeing you.

Katie and Mikey Brown said...

I am totally doing this. Can you send one to California?

Ariel said...

Cute! I might make one now.

P.S. I LOVE the Mac in the picture! I'm a die-hard Mac fan :)

Anonymous said...

It looks great where you hung it! Annie did this except put 8x10 pictures in. I was thinking of doing this in my living room if you have 2 extra I'll buy them from you. Season

Anonymous said...

I like the peppermint mocha in the picture too. It's a nice touch to project.

joyq said...

You should sell these on Etsy!!!

rae ann said...

i did a project very similar to this about 2 years ago. i love the look of the weathered windows so i washed the whole thing and then just sanded off the chunks of paint that were flaking. after a quick tape-off on the back, i spray painted the back of the glass with black paint. i added a handful to teacup hooks along the bottom (to help us keep track of our keys) and stashed a few window markers close by and we have a nifty message board by the front door!

i love the idea of the cork for my office though. and i had no idea you could get it pre-cut and packaged! brilliant!

Leah said...

Neat idea, and it turned out looking great. And Emma got a fun memory out of it too!

Linds and Manda said...

Can I just sound like a broken record and say that you are amazing!! The bulletin board looks wonderful! Love the colour and the distressed look is very cool. I had to laugh when you mentioned Jeff's look. I totally get that one from Lindsay. They should really start a support group for husbands of wives that take on interesting projects/commitments.

Sara said...

Love it! When I read your last two sentences, I instantly wanted to say, "Yes! Save one for me!" BUT I know that it would probably sit around for years on the back porch and get ruined before I ever got around to doing the project. When it comes to arts/crafts/decorating, I'm all dreams and never actually do anything. Pathetic, I know.

Anonymous said...

beautiful! I love it! I just spent some time at resolved2worship (I don't go there very often), and I like your blog best! :) Ke

Anonymous said...

Would you trade an old window for dried pears? I thought that your girls like them. I'll give you a call next time I am down your way. Jenni B

Sherri said...

Amazing transformation of junk to treasure. Good color choice too :)