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Recycle Old Windows & Much More

Updated on February 28, 2015
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Carol graduated from Indian Hills C.C. with an AAS in H.I.T and an AA in Arts & Science. A Social Media Booster for Wine Diamonds Film.

Go Green

Recycling can be beneficial to our land fields, to others and to ourselves. The obvious is that the dump sites wouldn't be as cluttered with an abundance of potential treasures that were thrown out like rejects. Sometimes, it might just be the lack of time to research ideas that the rubbish can be transformed into. Some may say, it’s a personal lack of creativity or patience. I have noticed in my life that some perfectionists tend to be self-critical, hindering themselves from sharing their art work. It takes all types of characters to make our world stimulating; some create, some buy the creations and others do both.

I have recently had the opportunity to replace an old window in my house. My first thought was, I would love to make something out of the bottom windowpane but I don’t have the time.

I asked my nephew to carry it out by the curb, in hopes that someone would drive by and rescue it before my garbage pick-up day. The window haunted my thoughts the rest of the day and throughout the night with diverse clues. I even called an old friend that I knew enjoyed working on unique projects. The following evening the timeworn and weather exposed wooden framed window was still propped against my tree by the curb. I took pity on my ancient wooden framed glass, gave it shelter and a makeover.

I told my sister-in-law about the other part of the window that was missing the top glass from its site. Her interest was valued and her claim followed by verbal future plans, so I did what any family member would do, I protected and delivered to her the forthcoming work of art. She shared with me her ideas of painting the frame, putting chicken wire in the open space where once a portion of glass shielded the outside climate from entering my home, and attaching pictures to the chicken wire.I wait, in anticipation to see what may transpire from her old window pane that is stored away until a warmer season, to be dragged out of its hiding place to be given a modification.

There is an old saying," One man's trash is another man's treasure."

— Unknown

Step One: Find it, Rescue it and then Metamorphose it.

An old window that needed replaced.
An old window that needed replaced. | Source

Chalky Paint

A professional may strip the wood before they paint. I am not an expert painter therefore after cleaning the wood, using a black “sponge on a stick,” I painted my old window pane with a beige chalky finish. I selected this paint for two reasons.

1. The chalky finish because it reminds me of some of the beach furniture on the East Coast.

2.The color because beige seemed to go best with the light blue walls in my bathroom.

Step Two: Dual Coats Later

Paint both sides, both ends and don't forget the underside for a finished look.
Paint both sides, both ends and don't forget the underside for a finished look. | Source

I'm forced to recycle, recycle because I want to or no to all.

Do you recycle?

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The Finishing Touches: Hooks to Hang

A window is heavy to hang on a wall. This called for a hook on the right and one one the left.
A window is heavy to hang on a wall. This called for a hook on the right and one one the left. | Source

Step Three & Four: Poem and then Pictures

Poem by Carol Clarke Reed. I added some of my pictures into the bubbles.
Poem by Carol Clarke Reed. I added some of my pictures into the bubbles. | Source

No reason to be bored with this interchangeable item.

  • I selected a black glass marker, one that doesn’t need to be baked in the oven. This way, if I decide to change the poem, I can remove the words with fingernail polish remover.
  • The pictures can be easily exchanged.
  • The window pane can be painted with a different color.

Learning Beyond Art

Ask your self.....

  • What can I make out of this?
  • Who do I know that might want to create a masterpiece with this?
  • If I can't use this, where can I donate this junk?
  1. A School
  2. A Friend
  3. An Art Center
  4. A Neighbor
  5. Put it in a free box at the next yard sale.
  6. ?

Made out of rocks, shells, minerals and fossils....

A markerGrotto of the Redemption 300 N Broadway Ave, West Bend, IA 50597 -
Grotto of the Redemption, 300 North Broadway Avenue, West Bend, IA 50597, USA
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Dumpster Diving is when someone digs through dumpsters finding items they can use, fix or make a profit off of. Some people have been known to actually climb in the dumpsters, yet others may not be so daring.


Cast your vote for Dumpster Diving

A week set aside for people to take what they want or need.

There are towns that make “dumpster diving” easier, by setting one week out of the year aside for their residents to throw their unwanted large items out to the curb. This gives other people the opportunity to drive around town checking for objects they need or want before the scheduled trash pickup day.

"City Wide Clean-Up"

Your trash. My treasure.

Does your town provide a few days out of the year to throw out oversized junk, without charging extra?

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What does the Grotto, Transformers and the Forest Art all have in common?

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      Carol Clarke Reed 3 years ago from Remote

      Thank you & you're welcome, HappyTom LM

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      Tom Christen 3 years ago from Switzerland/Ecuador

      This is a very cool and nice idea. I never thought about that. Thank you for sharing.