Creating a Room with a View
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 Allposters.com. It already has a window "built" in!
Rooms With A View: The Open Window in the 19th Century - Museum's book!
If the thought of the exhibit at New York's museum intrigued you, then this book should be a satisfying experience.
Want To Build Your Own Window With A View?
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 allposters.com. No need to build a window sash frame for this view.
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.
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)
- Follow the instructions from How to Make a Window Sash Frame.
- Image was taken by Mickie_G with an iPhone at Tazikis Restaurant in Birmingham, Alabama.
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,
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 Zazzle.com
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?
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