Latest Vintage Window Creation & BIG SALE in my Etsy shop!!

I just LOVE doing these old windows. Not just the artwork, but the fact that something old-(and usually going to the landfill)- gets a recycled/refurbished/renewed life with beautiful artwork.

(This one may look uneven, but the fact of the matter is,I had to adjust the pattern to be right, and NOT go by the handle placement on the window, because the handle, in fact, is NOT in the middle of the window. However it is not very noticeable. I just left it as it was instead of taking off the handle and replacing it where it should have been. Obviously, whomever did it, did not pay much attention to detail, or they would have measured for the placement of the handle to be in the exact middle of the window.I also could have taken it off completely and filled the holes and sanded it,but it didn’t really bother me, so I just left it like it was.

I can’t wait to start on another one, however, it will have to wait until after the holidays. I hope to get up enough of a collection to have a show, with plenty of them for folks to choose from. I have some real pretty Tiffany patterns, so that may be the next one I choose. I have ALOT of patterns,so,I will just have to figure which one I want to do next.I have 2 more small window with 4 panes,another one just like this one,and several larger windows as well, so there are plenty of options where my pattern sizes and window sizes are concerned!

 I am still looking for a pattern like the ones in church windows.I may end of having to make my own pattern on that one.They look SO lovely on a  windowsill,where the light comes through,but I like them to be just as pretty when the sun goes down!Some people like to hang them on their sun room ceilings,and they are also lovely on a mantel,or hung above it,but the whole thing about them,at least to me is, you really want one placed so the sun shines through it to get the true effect of “stained glass”.

 I WANTED TO LET YOU ALL KNOW THAT  I AM HAVING A HUGE SALE IN MY ETSY SHOP:

www.etsy.com/shop/creekwatercottage

WHICH RUNS out onDECEMBER 3RD. SORRY I AM LATE IN TELLING YOU ALL,BUT IF YOU HURRY ON OVER THERE, YOU CAN STILL GET YOUR ORDER IN! MOST, IF NOT ALL, OF THE ITEMS ON SALE WILL NOT BE LISTED ON ETSY AGAIN,SO GET IT QUICK ‘CAUSE IT’S GOING TO BE GONE IN JUST A FEW DAYS!!

just use the coupon code on the site and you will get 20% off ALL ITEMS IN THE ‘SALE’ CATEGORY.

I AM RETHINKING MY PRODUCT LIST OFFERINGS ON THERE. I WILL LET YOU ALL KNOW WHEN THE CHANGES IN PRODUCTS STARTS.

in the meantime HURRY OVER THERE BEFORE THEY ARE GONE FOREVER!

www.etsy.com/shop/creekwatercottage

 

MORE WINDOWS AND DOORS IDEAS

HERE ARE SOME MORE PHOTOS  I FOUND FOR YOU!

thanks for visiting!!

old window with either paint or vinyl lettering

old door made into hall tree with seating added

flat ocean fans behind glass

old frame with letters..you can buy these letters at Walmart and other stores

 

door with mirror insert

Next post, I will change up some,and show you some great ideas for making your own home decor…the easy way! Please dont forget to visit my etsy shop!www.etsy.com/shop/creekwatercottage Please do not hesitiate to comment on other things you would like to see! Thanks again…and have a wonderful day everyone!Peggy

LOTS of pics of both window and door repurposing

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Sorry about that, some posted twice!!
If they aren’t big enough, just click on the picture and it will make it bigger.
ENJOY these and come up with some of your own ideas!

I also have some NEW listings in my Etsy shop.Please stop by there for a looksee!!I have posted a vintage Wasabi set,and a NEW beach picture assemblage in/on a frame!
Have fun!
Thanks for all of your comments!I LOVE to hear from you, what you would like to see more of, etc.
Have a SAFE and HAPPY 4th everyone!!!

New Items in my Etsy Shop

Natural Driftwood Beach Sign with Starfish

Shabby Chic vintage frame with vintage print

Seashell collection gift tray


Ideas for old metal picture frames

I came across this in blogland, and it was SO pretty, I HAD to share it with you.

Remember the old, gold ( or silver), METAL  picture frames? Well, they are still sold today, BUT there are ALOT of older ones out there, and you can get them for next to nothing at thrifts, garage sales,etc. Try to find ones with pretty designs in relief,so that when you do this treatment,the  design will stand out wonderfully! Just make sure they are cleaned WELL ,and then, either use and undercoat, or, use a paint made for metal to keep it from rusting (SPRAY PAINT IS FINE).If you find one  with  a tiny amount of rust, don’t worry, simply sand it a little, and it will never show..as long as the rust has not compromised the metal through the design.You don’t HAVE to do it in white, like these examples, but they sure look lovely and wonderful in the ever loved and shabby chic white! Then, find a pretty rose picture,from and old calendar, etc., do it with or without a mat, and that completes this beautiful and simple but PRETTY look!

Reused old metal picture frames

 

 

Reusing old metal picture frames

 

These are VERY easy to do, and with a beautiful picture of a rose, or flowers, or whatever picture YOU choose to put inside, they turn out beautifully, and would enhance any shabby chic style decor……VERY romantic, don’t you think??!!!

My Etsy shop: www.etsy.com/shop/creekwatercottage

Have fun!!

ANOTHER IDEA FOR AN OLD WINDOW

BIRD PRINT ON OLD WINDOW

Hello all!

HERE’S ANOTHER NEW IDEA I FOUND ONLINE FOR YOU….I GET ALOT OF LANDINGS ON MY BLOG FOR THESE, SO I LIKE TO SHARE NEW ONES WITH YOU AS I FIND THEM.

FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT EITHER DON’T WANT TO DO OTHER TREATMENTS, OR THOSE THAT WANT A NICE LOOK EVEN IF YOU CAN’T PAINT, THIS ONE LOOKS PRETTY SIMPLE……

THIS OLD WINDOW HAS NO DIVIDERS, HAS ONLY ONE LARGE “PANE”, SO IT  WILL BE REAL EASY FOR YOU TO GET THIS LOOK.

 LOOK IN FLEA MARKETS, GOODWILL,YARD SALES,ESTATE SALES,ETC., FOR LARGER PRINTS THAT YOU LIKE,WHETHER VINTAGE OR NEW, WHATEVER PRINT OR PICTURE THAT APPEALS TO YOU, OR…. DOWNLOAD CLIP ART FROM YOUR COMPUTER AND PRINT OUT WITH YOUR PRINTER.

 THIS ONE LOOKS TO HAVE AN OLD BOTANICAL PRINT  OF BIRDS AND NEST WITH EGGS, SIMPLY GLUED AT THE CORNERS AND SIDES ON THE BACK OF THE OLD WINDOW.

MAKE SURE TO TAKE MEASUREMENTS OF THE INSIDE GLASS PORTION OF YOUR WINDOW TO KEEP WITH YOU WHEN YOU SHOP, AND THEN MEASURE YOUR PRINT TO SEE IF IT WILL FIT AS YOU WANT IT TO. YOU COULD ALSO TAKE A SMALLER PRINT TO A PRINT SHOP LIKE KINKO’S, ETC.,AND FOR A SMALL FEE, THEY CAN MAKE IT THE EXACT SIZE THAT YOU WANT. MOST PUBLIC LIBRARIES HAVE COPIERS ON HAND AS WELL, THAT YOU  CAN USE FOR A SMALL FEE , AND MAKE IT THE SIZE YOU WANT FOR YOUR WINDOW.

HAVE FUN!

PEGGY

www.etsy.com/shop/creekwatercottage

 

Vintage Furniture Restoration

Can you believe this was headed to the dump?!

It pays off sometimes to look beyond the dirt, dust,and grime of an otherwise unwanted piece of furniture,and see a good solid wood stucture of possibility.Never mind the nicks,scrapes, and scratches….these are all part of  being “used” in every day life, and only adds to the character of a vintage piece of furniture….

I wish I could have shown you a before picture of this one.

I swept it, cleaned it really well with a clorox bleach based cleaner (it had a heavy paint job underneath, so I didn’t worry about the bleach,and it also killed any bacteria that could have been lurking), sanded it after it was fully dry,cleaned off the wood dust, and used a few cans of quality white spray paint.

Since most vintage furniture drawer pulls measure only 2- 3/4 inches, I had to special order the pulls,since everything nowadays is an “even” 3 inches.Check out flea markets, antique shops or auctions to find vintage drawer pulls, and always keep any hardware that you can get off of unsalvageable pieces. I scored these nice Antique English Chippendale Style drawer pulls on sale from www.dlawlesshardware.com.

These are a nice bunch of folks, with a huge selection of any kind of drawer pulls or knobs you could ever imagine.Excellent customer service, and fast shipping. 

With some cleaning supplies, sandpaper, paint, imagination, and some good old fashioned elbow grease, you can turn a cast off into a really nice, functional piece of furniture.

This was probably sold “new” as a vanity , but it would also make a VERY nice desk. The right side has room for a chair, and behind the false drawer is a roomy storage area, where the top lifts up and has a mirror attached to the lid. It has beautiful lines, and a nice curvature on the drawers, and it’s a very attractive piece of furniture now that it was rescued! I have this for sale in my shop priced at $65.99.

What beauty and possibility  that was underneath all that neglect…trash to treasure indeed!

Refurbished Vintage Treasure

Chic Lampshade Re-do

This is a small Vintage lamp that needed something additional to make it more interesting, and it is very simple to do.

I currently have it in my “Paris Apartment” display, but it looks great with my Shabby Chic display as well. It would work in your “boudoir”, go well with a Chic style decor as a desk lamp, and would also work in a “powder room”, or a girls room.

This lamp looks white, but it is a very light pink swirled glass, and it sits on a marble pedestal .The wiring works fine, even though the plug is one of the vintage round ones. (It is available for purchase for $15.00 plus shipping.)

I had to find a small shade for it, as the one with it was not workable, but I finally found one at a local flea market.(It’s one of those that has a dual wire that fits on the bulb).

The shade I found was kind of discolored, so I got the idea to spray paint it white, and it worked perfectly. I just let it dry/cure for a week or so, and it didn’t give off any fumes of any kind when burning the bulb.(You may want to find a spray paint for fabric instead, but only the pleated part is fabric.Underneath the fabric is plastic). I have a low 40 watt bulb in it, and have never had any problems with the shade.

I had some pretty ribbon edging with crystal droplets in pastel iridescent pinks,etc.sewn into it that I had purchased before, just because I loved it, and knew I would find the perfect use for it down the road.

I measured the length that I needed, for the top rim, and the bottom rim, and simply used glue to attach it. I think it was Aleene’s Tacky glue, or either SOBO fabric glue, I can’t remember which, but either would work. I had a bit of trouble at first until I realized it would be much easier to glue small sections at the time, and used some small clamps(like the old hair roller type) to hold it until the section I had glued adhered.(You also need another clamp to hold the piece that is yet to be glued to keep it out of the way while you work,because the crystals have weight). 

It took some trial and error to do it, but I think it was just what it needed to “pretty it up”! (I have seen these in big retail stores, and they are NOT cheap!).

Chic Lampshade re-do

Chic Lampshade re-do

Don’t be afraid to use different style edgings to rehab lamp shades. The ones with feather edgings are good sellers as well, but you can also save yourself some money and do this yourself!The possibilites are only limited by your imagination! Lamps at fleas/goodwill, as long as the wiring is intact (unless you want to rewire it), are good candidates for re-doing.(It’s always a good idea to rewire very old lamps, just to be on the safe side).

 There are alot of paint techniques that you can apply to the BASES of older lamps that can update them to match your decor or style, and give them a whole new look! Just remember, if you don’t like your paint job/style, you can always paint over it and start again. When you get it how you want it,(make sure to cover any wiring/sockets), and then spray with an acrylic spray to protect your work. 

HAVE FUN!

MY WEBSITE: http://www.creekwatercraftsandcollectibles.com

IDEAS FOR OLD WINDOWS

I love old windows! I recently aquired 5 and finally got around to doing something with one of them that I have had planned for a long time.

Mind you, I still have to paint the back before I can put it in the shop for sale, but I thought I’d better show it to you now, so you can get started on yours.

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These old windows can be picked up inexpensively at flea markets, etc. for about $8.00 or so, but if you can find an old house that someone is remodling, you might score some for free! And there’s no rule that says you can’t use new windows, but they may be way more expensive, and besides, I like the look of the old ones better.

You’ll want to thoroughly clean your window. I first used a soft brush to get off the dust. Then I cleaned it with mild soap and water to get off any more residue. You may want to sand off any old paint to make it smooth, or you may want to use it as it is. Just make sure to sand lightly over any parts that may be chipping, so you will get an even finish, and clean off the sanding dust with a damp rag . You may even want to leave it natural, and just do the panes. It’s really up to you how you want your window to look!

All you need is spray paint, and some lace in a pattern that you like.

 Lace panels can be found in thrift or Goodwill stores for next to nothing, or you may have some lace, or old lace panel curtains that you could use.

It’s a good idea to heavily starch and iron your lace pieces so that they will lay flat on the glass part of your window. You could even use spray adhesive to hold them down, but I chose not to because I didn’t want any unessecary film on the glass part of the window

Just measure one or two pieces of lace the same size as your window panes and cut them out.

Lay them down on the panes and make sure they are flat and there aren’t any places that are sticking up. It must lay completely flat against the panes.

Then, take your spray paint, any color you wish, (I used a light taupe color), and spray uniformly over your lace.

Continue carefully spraying the sides or wood part.

 (If you want the window frame,or wood parts, a different color than your lace panes, then you may want to spray it first, and just put some pieces of poster paper or newpaper, cut the size of your panes to cover them, to prevent overspray on your panes. But then you have to cover the sides to prevent overspray on the frame, or wood part.

Pick up the lace carefully after a couple of minutes, and let dry completely.

That’s all there is to it!

I think they are very pretty and chic, and would look great on a fireplace mantle or hung on the wall. They are also nice for shop props as well, and can be hung from the ceiling. You could also hang things from the top to display things in your shop as a background for your items.

You could use them on a porch or in a sunroom as well.

I am already gathering ideas for the other windows, and will post them in this category when I have some more to show you. 

Have fun doing your own, and don’t forget to visit my shop to see some of the new prim inventory that I have ! 

I am currently working on a website, and will post the link on here when I get it all done.

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