The Art of a Forgotten Window

As promised, I am going to feature one of my finds from Renniger’s last weekend in Mount Dora. When I stumbled upon these old windows I had no idea how I was going to use them, but I decided at $5.00 a piece they couldn’t be passed up.

When I got them home I still had no idea what I was going to do with them, but after thinking about it for awhile I decided to try painting a picture on one of them.  Painting is something I’ve never been particularly skilled at doing, probably because it requires a lot of patience which unfortunately I don’t have much of (I’m working on it though!).  So I took out some old glass paint I bought a few years ago when I tried to paint wine glasses, and let me tell you if painting takes patience, then painting on something as small and irregularly shaped as a wine glass takes a special kind of patience that, I, of course, do not possess.  However, painting on a large glass window is much less tedious and after a few false starts, I came up with this white tree that I think really works with the rustic style of the window.

The only thing I had to do now was figure out where to put it.  Since the window is pretty heavy and still has the original hardware and locks on it, I decided the best place for it was on the mantle of my fireplace where it could lean against the wall.  That, and I pretty much rotate the fireplace mantle accessories on a weekly basis, so I knew it wouldn’t be a permanent fixture unless I really loved it.

Now that it’s been up for a couple of days, I am really starting to like how it fits in with the space.  It’s all very minimalist and monochromatic and although I think a pop of color can really liven up a space, sometimes I just like the quietness of a simple, neutral area like this one.