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Creating a Room with a View

Updated on March 28, 2013

Stare Out an Open Window--enjoy the view!

Be inspired to create your own room with a view by recycling an old window frame and showcasing art or photos with a view that you love.

The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in NYC had an exhibition titled "Rooms with a View: The Open Window in the 19th Century". This exhibition celebrated one of life's pleasures: staring out an open window.

How many times have you requested a room with a view when going on a vacation. I can tell you that when I moved to Denver, I combed the real estate ads for homes or apartments that had a "view".

Since that time I have learned that I can create my own view and change it if I want. Here is how you and I can have our own room with a view "at will".

The view above, Window Looking out at a Tuscan Vineyard is available on It already has a window "built" in!

Rooms With A View: The Open Window in the 19th Century - Museum's book!

Rooms with a View: The Open Window in the 19th Century (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Rooms with a View: The Open Window in the 19th Century (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

If the thought of the exhibit at New York's museum intrigued you, then this book should be a satisfying experience.

Open window with a view--let in the fresh air--available at
Open window with a view--let in the fresh air--available at

Want To Build Your Own Window With A View?

Here's how:

First, you need to find a poster with a photograph you just love!

Next, measure the picture and find an old window that will fit around your poster. (Look on eBay or Amazon for a frame--or see the ones I found below!)

This Old House Reader Leslie Geesaman's clever re-use of a salvaged window will inspire you to try this easy way to display art and photos. Here is a link to those instructions on how to make a window sash frame: click Make A Window-Sash Frame.

Click Let in a breath of fresh air! to purchase the open window shown here at No need to build a window sash frame for this view.

Room with framed views--Taziki's Restaurant in Alabama
Room with framed views--Taziki's Restaurant in Alabama

I would suggest that you have all your supplies ready before you begin the crafty project I mention above from "This Old House". Being prepared will make your interior designing go smoothly. You will also be able to relax and enjoy your window with a view much sooner than if you had to stop and go to the store.

This is a "printable" list.

Cook Time

Total Time: It just depends!

Serves: One or more views if you have enough supplies!


  • 1 window sash from a salvage store
  • beeswax for a bare wood sash
  • clear polyurethane for painted windows (in case it has lead paint)
  • window cleaner for the glass panes (if they are still intact!)
  • traditional framer's tape
  • matted poster or photograph
  • Comfortable chair or lounge (optional)
  • A nice beverage in a lovely glass (optional)


  1. Follow the instructions from How to Make a Window Sash Frame.
  2. Image was taken by Mickie_G with an iPhone at Tazikis Restaurant in Birmingham, Alabama.
Cast your vote for How to Make a Window Sash Picture Frame:

Window Sash? What is that?

A sash window or hung sash window is made of one or more movable panels or "sashes" that form a frame to hold panes of glass,

(from Wikipedia.)

You can even upcyle an old Door into a gallery to tell a family story! - Very viewable, useable upcycling Idea from the Photog Mommie Blog

I recently saw this wonderful upcycling project on Pinterest and decided to share it. This project takes an old door and makes it into a gallery.

Thanks to Photog Mommie Blog for allowing me to share this idea for creating a family story gallery. I love it.

Visit her blog page to see how she took this old door to new heights by recycling it into multiple frames for a Family Gallery.

If you want to use this image, be sure to ask Photog Mommie!

Use Salvaged Wood to Frame your View - Customize a frame for your landscape poster.

Use old wood salvaged from homes. For this design project you should be thinking: wood from floors, bead board, crown molding, baseboards. Get the drift? There's an idea! You might even find some old wood at the beach that washed ashore. That kind of wood would be wonderful for a window with beach scene. I am just full of ideas today!

Old (or new) Windows to create your framed view: - Find windows for your view on Ebay

If you have a "Habitat For Humanity" store in your city, you might be able to find old window frames or the molding to make a frame for your poster or glicee. Of course there is always a home supply or hardware store you can search as well. Maybe garage sales might have old windows, but that is very time consuming. I have rarely seen garage sale ads that tell you they have old windows or molding because Ads in the newspapers cost too much to list what you have for sale item by item.

Don't forget Craig's List and use good judgment if you buy something. Take someone with you to pick it up and pay with cash.

Pre-Made Window Frames to Create Your View:

Do you already have a photograph with a view you love? Well, you can find a "window" to frame it on Amazon. Just make sure that you have the measurements of the photo to enter into your search terms.

How to turn an old window into illuminated wall art: - Video instructions for creating a lighted window for a room.

Zazzle someone with a window view poster!

There are plenty of views on

Click on the attractive poster below to go sight seeing on Zazzle. There are many talented photographers and artist who love to share their views of the world.

Creating a window view is such an easy way to give any room a breath of freshness. Is this design project something you would try? What did you think of the "This Old House" project for making a frame from a window sash? That looked like a project that I could easily do myself. Of course, my husband will most likely take over. He would probably love to make a frame for my view. Did you see the other projects on that page that use architectural objects?

Please don't forget to give this page a thumbs up or share it on Facebook or Twitter! Thanks.

Thanks to lensmaster Sojourn for the border html used on this page!

What kind of window view would you like to make? - Sharing your home decor project.

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      nycinteriordesign 4 years ago

      the door with the photos is a great idea, since the doors are so big it's helpful to have a large open wall area to mount it so it's to scale.

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      pepys 4 years ago

      What a brilliant idea, I especially liked the door.

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      dawnsnewbeginning 5 years ago

      Nice ideas!

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Awesome projects!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      What a beautiful, clever idea! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      lucybrz1 6 years ago

      I'll make a window with view to tropical paradise.I'll try to fool myself it's real:-)

      Especially because winter is coming.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens! This definitely gave me some ideas to try out around the house!

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      littlelotus 6 years ago

      what a great idea!! Never thought of DIY view for rooms :)....

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      justholidays 6 years ago

      I enjoyed reading the homemade window frames... really interesting and very good idea to create an impression of space and... fresh air in a room!

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Terrific ideas for creating a 'room with a view'. There are so many great 'scenes' (in posters or even one's own photographs) that would create the 'scene' you'd enjoy looking at. Well done.

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      Addy Bell 6 years ago

      Wow, these are some really creative ideas. I never would have thought to create my own "view" like this.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      Wow! I did this one time for a glass door. I never thought to do that in another part of my house. Thank you for this lens. Love the way you used the recipe module for instructions on how to build a window with a view.

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      Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

      I definitely agree with you, Mickie, there truly is nothing like a room with a view! Thanks for your great comment which brought me here. Cool ideas here for transforming a room and I especially love that lighted window!

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      kimbesa 6 years ago from USA

      Outstanding! Thanks for this new perspective on windows!

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      'Vikk Simmons 6 years ago from Houston

      Great idea, although I think I'm too much of a klutz to do it. :)

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      AngryBaker 6 years ago

      nice lens... like the idea... i love a window, and usually have them open... but I can see using these ideas should I ever be in a place without one. Like the idea of using the Habitat for Humanity store.