Old wood windows.....

This one is a little "shabby chic" for my taste but I like that it fills a void.  In the fall and during the holidays I always hang seasonal wreaths, but the spring and summer get nothing.  Not real sure about the wreath just yet...seems a little "heavy."  There is one a little "lighter and airier" at Hobby Lobby...may go with that one.  But I like the layered look for now...easy to change when I tire of it!

A few months ago I had to completely gut and remodel my onsite manager house.  My manager had moved...I can not describe to you the condition of the house after she moved.  Think "Hoarders" with numerous cats and big dogs (in the house doing everything animals do)...not sure where she thought the cat went we found dead in a box covered with cat poo.  Suffice it to say I spent the first week contemplating tearing the house down...seriously.   But we rolled up our sleeves and put on our respirators and went to work.  In the process, I took out 5 old wood sash windows.  Being an avid Pinterest stalker, I knew what could be done with these old windows.  So I saved them.

First thing I do with any old wood...CLEAN!  Seriously, some stuff is just naaaasty! I keep Lysol wipes in my garage just for this purpose! Then I carefully removed the old glazing and glazing points, removed the glass (at least the ones I didn't break...old glass is VERY fragile...WEAR GLOVES!), sanded and painted!  I didn't even prime these because I wanted to be able to sand the new paint and give it an "aged" look!  Again, a little "shabby" for my taste but these are not ever going to look new...and you don't want them to!

I put the glass back in the one hanging on my porch. I think I am going to do one with magnet, cork and chalk board panels.  I painted one black for Sis and another had never been painted so I sanded it and stained it.  Very pretty!   I saw one on Pinterest that was on an outside wall with a planter box underneath it...very pretty!  I may have to do one like that!

Without a wreath...hum...maybe....

Sis's black one....

Walnut stain...I like!

The other day my window guy came buy to fix a broken window...we were talking about these old windows and he told me he puts new vinyl windows in old homes all the time and throws away all the old wood windows.  I just about passed out!  I told him NEVER AGAIN!! Just bring them to me! 

I can't wait.....