The other day I went out into the shed and was visually reminded of the old windows we took out of the ‘Little Brick Cottage’, mostly because when I was in the shed, I practically tripped over the 4 top halves we were able to save for ‘repurposing’, (I know, I have a lot of ‘stuff’ out there right now, I need to have a sale).
Anyway… This is what they looked like when they were in the cottage:
Well sort of… unfortunately in this picture you are actually looking at the aluminum storm windows. I guess I don’t really have a good picture of the old windows showing the arch detail when they were still attached to the cottage.
But seeing the 4 upper halves in the shed, made me think of a way to use 2 of them, being inspired by my daughter-in-law’s re-purposed window project. I just showed you the other day how a few years ago she re-purposed some windows and they turned out so lovely, I filed it in my brain to pull out someday, and today was that lucky day.
Here are the two window tops, you know, they’re ‘double hung’ windows so this is the top half. The dark brown paint was the on inside of the cottage. I think the arch tops are kinda cute.
The cottage used to have coal heat, so I don’t know if that is it or what, but the sides of the windows where the pulleys and weights used to be were absolutely black, sooty, dirty. I had to scrub and scrub to get it to this point.
So my thought is to create a suggestion of a headboard with each of them. The size is perfect for over our pair of twin beds in one of the spare bedrooms. I’ve been working on switching the two spare bedrooms around, so I had the bedrooms on my mind when I tripped over the windows being stored in the shed.
Unlike my daughter-in-law’s re-purposed windows, I didn’t have any wallpaper or dried flowers that I wanted to put in them, but I did have some fabric. So, starting with the dark brown side of the windows down, as that was the side I wanted to see in the room once they were completed, I started to tack the fabric on.
These are the same tacks I used when I recovered my Pottery Barn stool. They’re super duper sharp and go into the old wood frame easily.
The fabric I chose has dark brown and turquoise accents and is just a simple printed cotton, but it has a sort of an old fashioned quilt pattern to the motif design… at least that’s how it looked to me, and I loved it with the simple vintage farmhouse style windows.
I didn’t want to repaint the window frame at all. With most all of the antique windows I’ve repurposed in my house, I try not to repaint the frames. I feel the fresh paint would cover up the vintage story the frame is sharing with you.
I even left the old lock on.
Most of the ropes that were holding the pulleys and weights came off, but there are still traces left. These are the sides that I had to furiously scrub to get all the soot off. (There is a rumor that the little brick cottage was damaged in a fire… it used to be a two story… I’ll have to look into that more… maybe that’s why the sides were so sooty??)
I love the juxtaposition of the clean fabric, clean freshly painted wall against the old vintage window frame.
So there is the pair of them, all done. Thanks to some wonderful inspiration from my daughter-in-law and a little clumsy tripping, we have a little bit of the little brick cottage right here in our house.
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