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Vintage Window Frame Decor

Vintage window frame decor with barnwood background

Using vintage window frame decor in our farmhouse has always seemed like a perfect fit.  I bought a “lot” of  old window frames a couple of years ago at an auction… several styles and sizes.  Most of them were 6-pane almost square ones.  But, in the lot were also 4 tall, skinny frames that I hadn’t messed with until now.

A light bulb came on… 

The frames were stored in the barn upright and I would draw a blank as to what I could do with them.  I was in the barn gathering eggs a couple of days ago and glanced at those frames just standing there.  And it suddenly dawned on me that,  they were MY frames and I could turn them anyway I wanted.

Instead of tall and skinny… think short and wide!

I grabbed a couple of them,  brushed all the loose paint, accumulated dirt and grim off, then took the water hose and hosed them down.  While they were drying in the sun, I started looking for “possibilities” in my craft room.

Vintage window frame decor all brushed and washed

Turning the frames horizontal has advantages and disadvantages… it’s easy to add a few stems of flowers or the cotton bolls, but there was still a lot of blank space.  And, should I add a background of some kind?

Vintage window frame decor using spring flowers

Palletwood… chicken wire… or nothing?  

The options for a backdrop is pretty wide open.  You can leave it open and your wall covering will provide the background.  You could use chicken wire and make it really “country” or you could use old fence or pallet boards and have a “rustic” look.

Vintage window frame decor using cotton balls and burlap ribbon

But what to do with all that open space?

All that open space inside the frame seems wasted, so I’m thinking that I’ll add something in the opposite corner from the pink flowers or cotton bolls.

Vintage window frame decor with barnwood background

I’m thinking… rusty metal or wood cutout of “blessed”, “grateful”, or “thankful”.

What do you think?  Any ideas?

This Post Has 4 Comments
    1. Are you thinking a collage along with the flowers… or instead of the flowers. Either would work, I think.

  1. I’ve seen frames with pictures behind the glass. Since that’s a long area you might mount a collage of pictures on cardboard and attach behind the glass. Old pictures of grand and great grand parents might look good. Or just use current ones. That said, it may not look good tho in reality compared to how it looks in my head! 😳🤭😉 Dian

    1. Unfortunately all of the tall frames had at least one panel with broken glass… one of them both panes were broken. But I like the idea of Grand or Great Grand Parents pics.

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