Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Vintage Thursday: Beautiful Blue Window


When I bought the Enos fruit salt bottle a few weekends ago I also found a window. Now, I don't usually buy old windows, but this one really caught my eye. It was very dirty and I found it leaning on some old pieces of farm equipment with a tag hanging on it that said $7.00. I grabbed it and went over to the owner. I asked him if he would take $5.00 for it and he said "Yes."

It has old glass with a few bubbles in it and the frame is the most beautiful shade of blue. I love the color that is left on the wood. I don't think I want to remove it.

The glazing compound is old and dried out. In fact, there isn't much of it left. Even though the frame is solid, the glass needs to be re-glazed and is hanging in there with very little support. Fixing this will be the first thing I do, because I absolutely want to preserve the original glass.



I think this window is so beautiful but I don't know what to do with it. Should I hang it on a wall in my house, as is, or put old pictures in each frame? Maybe I could put a mirror behind it or hang it on a fence outside. I've never had one before so I would love any ideas that you might have. Please help me out. This beautiful window needs to be revived and re-purposed. I know someone out there will have a great idea.

To read about and see more vintage things.... go to Colorado Lady's Blog and check out other wonderful posts on all things in the twilight of long ago. If you love old things, you will love this site.

26 comments:

Chef E said...

Put a photo and a mirror behind it! like a framed photo! I love stuff like this too...

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

that window frame would look good in the garden too as one of the garden feature.. can't wait to see what you gonna do with it. thanks for sharing.. happy VTT

Pauline said...

I don't know what I'd do with something as lovely as that. I tend to live with things for quite a while before making any decisions and quite often the decision is I can't make the decision. So I'm not much help, am I?

But I look forward to seeing what you decide to do with it. I know it will be wonderful.

Madeline's Album said...

The window is very beautiful. I would leave it just the way it is after fixing the glass so the panes stay put. Hang it in the house some where. Have a great 4th and a blessed day. Madeline

The 4 Bushel Farmgal said...

I recently passed by a house with two old windows hung from chains on the front porch, "mimicking" the front windows of the house. The chains were almost invisible, but the windows really stood out. Flower boxes and shrubbery below created a great look.

I love the blue paint! Have fun with this one!

Miri said...

Terrific window. I think I'd leave the glass clear so that you can see the bubbles...I love the idea of the mirror.

LV said...

With all the talented and creative bloggers out there, I am sure there will be lots of suggestions. Best of luck with your blue window.

Vonlipi said...

I'm sure you will find something fabulous to do with it!

I wish I would find a great window like that!

ClassyChassy said...

That is lovely indeed! You could hang it where the flowers are blooming and 'frame' them! Wonderful find!

Postcardy said...

I think I would hang it on a wall until I had a better idea.

AshTreeCottage said...

I love the blue paint too. I have an old window that I found recently and I'm not sure what to do with it either.

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

Heidi Ann said...

I like the
hanging-it-on-a-fence-outside idea, and the hanging-it-on-a-wall-in-the-house-as-it-is the best of all the ideas you suggested.
But I'm sure whatever you decide to do will be great! It's a really neat old window.

Kerry O'Gorman said...

I like the idea of keeping the old glass and putting old photos in it. I have hot glued beach glass to old windows and hung them in the garden. You can always use those flat glass beads from craft stores if you don't have access to beach glass. A friend of mine made a large shadow box coffee table from an old window and changes the treasures inside frequently.

Tatersmama said...

Hmmm... I'm thinking that leaving it outdoors might deteriorate that beautiful blue... so perhaps something indoors would be best?
I have to live with things for awhile before making up my mind as to what I want to do with them, so I don't know what to suggest.

I'm sure that anything you come up with, will be exactly what your window 'needs'.
xoxox

Michelle said...

I'll be interested to see what you decide. I've not had any experience with old windows, but I agree the vintage glass is a unique feature.

Sue said...

I love that blue window! I have a brown window and what I did was put a small applique (decal) in the bottom corners of the wood frame then I centered a larger one in the middle pane of the window glass. Looks real cute. I hung it on the brick wall on my patio. Have a safe and Happy 4th! ~ Sue

Coloradolady said...

I love the window....I am not sure what I'd do with it, but I will say this, I have a shed full of old windows just waiting for inspiration!! I love the color of yours! Have a great VTT!

Little Messy Missy said...

Very cool. I collect old windows and old window frames and hang them in my garden on the back of the shed and garage. I call it my window garden. I have about 2 dozen so far....

Tammy said...

A very lovely blue window. I think it should be displayed indoors to protect it. If you had a den, sewing/craft or office room it would look great installed in the door.

Anna said...

Whatever you do with it, go with your first thought and save that glass. I have a few windows from an estate sale - they weren't even part of the sale, I just spied them at the side of the house. The glass in my case is cracked or missing, so I'm going to use chicken wire and make inspiration boards out of them. I love the idea of just hanging it on the porch.

Tara Beaulieu said...

Oooooh, I LOVE old windows! I make "stained glass" mosaics with mine, using the sea glass I collect off the beaches here. I love the blue color of yours- it's spectacular! Happy VTT!

Eve said...

I too love this window farmlady. I would be sure that if you put photos in it, you would make just the right choice of your most lovely photos and bring out the perfect look of vintage. I think it would go on my porch somewhere...even tho my porch is mostly greens I would leave the beautiful blue just the way it is! I look forward to seeing what you do with it!

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

I am such a lover of old glass. Thank you for rescuing this beauty. I would put eye hooks in the top and hang it from the inside frame of a picture window...then the sun can stream thru it again :)

Blessings!
Gail

Kerry O'Gorman said...

p.s....this is your 'window of opportunity'! (couldn't resist!)

Coloradolady said...

I just saw this and thought of you!!! Love it!!! I am sending you the link.


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Jan Ely said...

Oooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhh LOVE IT! Paint a silhouette on it of something that means something to you or a sign, or your address....I could teach you how!!!!