Barn Window Frames

So the other night I was telling my husband the hardest thing about having 3 kids under three is I just don’t have time to do anything but take care of said children. I don’t wear make up, I throw on whatever I wore the day before as long as it doesn’t smell like spit up or old food. I throw my hair in a ponytail first thing in the morning because there’s just no time to look pretty, plus the girls like to pull hair and let’s be honest I just don’t know what else to do with my hair! Seriously though, I love my kids to death and love spending every moment with them. I just don’t get a lot done other than holding and tending to their every need. As I’m writing this post I’m rocking in my rocking chair with my sweet Teagan who hates to nap. Oh but I love every minute of the craziness. 

So yesterday after dinner Ben says “Our house needs some decorations, it’s not very homey or welcoming.” Ouch! A little offended, but I had to agree. I used to dream of being an interior decorator, but recently it hasn’t been on the top of my list. I took his brutally honest comment to heart and decided to go crazy organizing and decorating – last time he tells me I suck at decorating! ☺️

I literally organized every closet, the pantry, the kitchen cabinets and drawers, and even the garage. I’m not really sure how I had time, but it got done and I feel good about it!

I’ve had these old barn window frames sitting around that I hadn’t had time to do anything with. Here’s the steps I took to turning them into a cute picture frames.

  1. Have a really awesome Nana (Grammy) that finds fun stuff at yard sales. Or look around at yard sales and flea markets.
  2. Lightly sand the frame. I wanted to keep the original paint, or lack there of so I didn’t trying to get all the paint chips and bumps out. I think it adds to the rustic look. 
  3. You can put a fresh coat of paint over the frame, but be careful not to get any on the glass. Or do as I did and keep the original look by going over the frame with several coats of clear polyurethane. I suggest doing the polyurethane outdoors or your whole house will smell.
  4. Letting it dry was the longest part of this whole project. Just need a little patience.
  5. Attach something to the back so you can hang it on your wall. I got sawtooth hangers at Walmart. 
  6. Add pictures. As you can see in the picture above, I used sticky glue dots. I have a whole roll of it from making candles. You might be able to find glue dots at your craft store, you could also use double sided tape. I wanted to make it so I can switch out the photos once in a while. I still need to get more photos for mine but as you can see it looks good even without photos!
  7. Hang your frame on the wall and enjoy husbands smile as he walks into his newly decorated welcoming home. ☺️

add christmas lights around frame to really make it pop!

Well that’s all I had time for today!


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