Window Frame DIY

FullSizeRender (4)I don’t know if it’s my obsession with Fixer Upper or Pinterest, but I’m all about modern farmhouse décor these days. Unfortunately this obsession began about 8 years too late because my house is already decorated and not “farm housie” at all.

A couple weeks ago when I was taking a walk around the block with the kids I hit the mother load. Someone was getting rid of 2 old 6-pane windows! I was so excited. I tried to think of ways I could balance them on the stroller and finish our walk because I was afraid if I didn’t take them right away, some other DIY-er would snatch ’em up. I obviously couldn’t pull that off because they’re pretty big and heavy, so I called my dad (who was on his way over anyway) and asked him to scoop them up for me. He’s good like that.

Initially I thought I’d put 6 different photos in each space but I changed my mind. I decided to pick just one photo from our wedding and then we could hang it above our bed since our room is seriously lacking in the decoration department.

So here’s what I did…

  1. Measure the length and width of the glass portion of the window. Mine was 24″x32″.
  2. Order your poster print- since they don’t make photos in that particular size, I just ordered one that was 24″x36″ and figured it’d be easy to cut off the extra width. I ordered from Vistaprint and it was surprisingly cheap- $13. Not too shabby!
  3. Clean the window- since I’m going for a rustic look I really didn’t have to do much other than wipe the frame clean and Windex the glass. FullSizeRender (2)
  4. Lay the photo up against the glass and measure and trim off the excess.IMG_5780
  5. Next, I took a piece of thick scrapbook paper I happened to have and cut it to fit inside one window pane. This became my tracer that I would use to cut my poster into 6 sections.IMG_5781
  6. Lay the poster face down on a flat surface and use your tracer to cut the correct size.
  7. I wanted to account for the wooden strips going across the window so the photo would look seamless. Each strip was about 1.5 cm wide, so I measure 1.5 cm on my poster and cut the strip out.
  8. Continue using the tracer to measure and cut the next 5 pieces, making sure to account for the wooden strips as you go.
  9. Next, I wanted to add cardboard to the back of each window pane to ensure the photo would lay flat. I happened to have a big cardboard box, so I used my tracer and an x-acto knife to cut out 6 pieces. If you don’t have an x-acto knife, I’m sure a good pair of scissors would work just as well. IMG_6221
  10. Put the photos and cardboard in each section. Tape it to the wood to hold in place. Preferably with a thick, heavy duty tape. FullSizeRender (3)
  11. Now obviously since this was an old window and not a picture frame there are no hooks. That’s when you call your handy man, or in my case- my dad lol, and ask him to help you out. He happened to have some hooks at home and attached them for me.

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That’s it! I thought it’d be more complicated than it turned out to be and I LOVE the results! I’m going to use the other window on my family room wall. For that one I think I’ll try 6 different photos and use it as a collage frame. Eventually I’m going to have the farmhouse of my dreams…one piece at a time! 😉


Happy 5th Birthday!

5 years ago our lives were forever changed when you came into this world. Daddy and I fumbled our way through new parenthood with one mission: don’t mess it up. I think it’s safe to say we failed. Ha! Just kidding. But in all seriousness, they say you make most of the mistakes with your first, so if you need therapy in the future, just send me the bill. lol

In a few short months you’ll be headed off to kindergarten. It feels like as soon as you were born someone hit the fast forward button on life and now we can’t find the remote to slow it down. But as fast as these years have gone by, they’ve undoubtedly been the BEST years of our lives. So cheers to 5 years, my darling girl!

Things I’m Lovin’ About 5-year-old You

  • I love the way you get SO excited about things. It makes everyone else get excited right along with you.
  • Christmas is your favorite holiday by far. You sing carols all year long and always ask how much longer until Christmas is here.
  • You’re not a girly-girl or a tom boy, but a perfect mixture of both.
  • Every night, without fail, you won’t let Miles or Isla go to bed without giving them a hug and a kiss goodnight.
  • You affectionately call me your “cutie mommy” or your “adorable, little mommy”
  • You love to snuggle with me and always give the very best hugs.
  • You love when we do movie nights and sleepovers. Your favorite part is setting everything up. You like to make sure we both have blankets, animals to cuddle with, snacks, and drinks.
  • You’re very helpful around the house and always do what you’re told.
  • You look out for your siblings and make sure they’re safe, just like a big sister should.
  • If we’re shopping together and I let you pick out a treat, you always pick something for your brother too without being asked.
  • You love your family more than anything else. You’re happiest when we’re all together.
  • When you’re uncomfortable you act silly.
  • You love to dance. I can always count on your to bust a move at just the right moment.
  • Your adorable little voice fills the walls of our home and makes it the happiest place to be.
  • You’re curious by nature and love learning new things. Although I don’t always know how to answer your questions. Case and point: “How does the baby get out of your belly?”
  • You always say the sweetest things. Like “Come on, Miles. You can do it. I believe in you.” Or telling me “You look beautiful in those clothes.”
  • You’re equally as funny as you are sweet. Some of my favorite Chloe-isms are- “I’m gonna be a vegetarian one day.” as you’re taking a bite of pork roll. Or when I told you not to be so overly dramatic and you replied “But MOM, being dramatic is what I do.” You were sad when you realized I don’t sleep with any stuffed animals, so I told you I sleep next to daddy. You said, “Oh. So it’s like you’re sleeping with an animal.” LOL
  • You love Jesus and always say your prayers.
  • You use your manners and apologize when you should.
  • Your feelings are easily hurt; but you forgive just as easily.
  • You’re smart- I’m amazed by some of the things you say.
  • You understand sarcasm which is a necessity in our home.
  • If you could eat one food for the rest of your life if would be fries. You like them with ketchup or sometimes with marinara sauce “on the side”.
  • You love lemonade and when we get to order food on Friday nights.
  • You have many nicknames- Chlo, Chlo-Chlo, bear, boochie girl, etc.
  • You only eat the cream filling in Oreos. You’ll lick the cookie part clean and ask Miles if he wants it…which he usually does (ugh…boys!)
  • You love Rita’s, popsicles, chocolate cookies, and snickerdoodles.
  • You smell everything before you eat it and inspect every bite of your dinner to make sure there’s no “black stuff”- aka pepper.
  • Guess Who? is your favorite game. You like to double check with me to make sure you’re doing it right. -“So I put down all the people with yellow hair, right?”
  • If you win, you insist we play again until I’ve had a turn to win too because that’s the only way it would be fair.
  • You share all your books and toys.
  • As soon as you get in the house you immediately take off your shoes so you can “get cozy”.
  • You’re becoming more independent. You get dressed and make your bed yourself in the morning.
  • You love to send snapchats to Aunt Shelly and taking silly pictures. When I open my camera roll I know I’m sure to find some Chloe selfies.
  • You love your home and there’s no place you’d rather be.
  • You have a million stuffed animals but Ellie is your favorite by far. You can’t sleep without her.
  • You also love your two baby blankets- pinky and sparkly- which inspired the name of my blog 😉
  • Perhaps my single most favorite thing about you is that you have a kind heart. I know as you grow older some things will change, but I hope you always keep the kind heart of yours because the world needs it. The world needs YOU.

I love you more than words. Happy 5th birthday, sweet girl. xoxo