|Miy Eco-Memo Design Decor
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MIY Eco-Friendly Design Decor: Re-cycled & Re-vamped Window Memo
Hands-on time: Weekend project.
Total time: Plus drying time for the paint and topcoat
(2 hours for each coat).
Project cost: Under $25.00 for the supplies
Materials & tools:
• An old window frame with at least one broken pane (available at flea markets, antique
dealers, or garage sales)
• Sandpaper, sanding block, steel wool, and paint scraper
• 1-inch (2.5cm) bristle brush (for varnish), 1-inch synthetic brush (for latex paint)
• Lint-free cloths
• Latex paints in black, apple green, light blue and dark turquoise
• Minwax Polycrylics Satin-finish water-based varnish (I like using Minwax Polycrylic
because its water based and has no odor)
• Painter's tape
• Rigid cardboard
• Craft knife
• Quilting batting
• Decorator fabric with leaf patterns to co-ordinate with the paint colours
• Glue gun or double-faced tape
• One 1/4-inch (5-mm) decorative ribbon
• Decorative upholstery tacks (available at hardware stores)
• Low odor adhesive
• Picture-hanging wire, finishing nails and hook
(Materials for this project are available at craft and hardware stores).
It's easy to incorporate eco-friendly designs into your office or home living spaces.
Environmentally friendly decorating is all about re-cycling, re-vamping, and re-using
items that can be incorporated into your everyday living. Plus when you go eco-friendly
décor, you also save money, have fun doing it, and the creative results are always so
original. You don’t have to start with large projects, start with something small and
something you need.
I found this old window at a garage sale, it had a broken pane ($2.00) . Not a problem,
for I had the inspiration to turn it into an “Inspirational Memo Board” for my office. I
replaced the broken pane section with a decorative upholstery fabric insert. My favorite
part of projects like this one is the expedition for the finds at garage sales and flea
markets, my fun is getting inspired right away in seeing the object in its transformed
Start by cleaning your frame and window thoroughly. With a scraper, remove any old
paint from the window's surface. If your frame has several coats of old paint, you can
sand its edges down with sandpaper or steel wool to make the colors of the underneath
layers visible. You can also achieve the vintage look by painting on 3 to 4 layers of
assorted colors, letting dry between each coat. Then, with the sandpaper or steel wool,
sand the frame until parts of all the colored layers are visible. Use a scrapper in a few
areas to give an extra-weathered look.
With a bristle brush, varnish the window frame with a satin-finish varnish avoiding the
glass panes by using painter's tape to protect them. Then, peel off the tape once the
varnish is completely dried.
Using the craft knife; cut out the cardboard to fit in the broken pane space area. Trace
the outline of the cardboard on to the quilting batting and cut out.
Trace the outline of the cardboard on to the fabric, including a 3/4-inch border, and cut.
Using the glue gun or double face-tape, make an "X" shape on the cardboard and fasten
the quilting batting on top. Place the fabric over the batting and secure it at the back of
the cardboard with the glue gun; pull the fabric to make sure that is tightly in place.
Position the decorative ribbon on top of the fabric at a diagonal angle and secure with
hot glue at the back. Make an "X" pattern with the ribbon (or several if space allows),
gluing at the back to secure where the ribbons intersect. Add the decorative upholstery
tacks by pushing them into the areas where the ribbons cross over in the front.
Place your covered board in the pane opening and fix firmly in place with small finishing
nails or tape. Cut out the leaves or desired accent design from the decorative fabric.
Apply adhesive to the surface of the design, place it directly to the inside of the panes
and pat down to position into place.
Affix a hanging hook and wire at the back of the frame. Always measure the placements
of the wires for best hanging results. All you need to do now is add your inspirations,
from various business cards, to images or quotes that inspire you.
• Larger windows also work well for this project and they are perfect for a wide office or
workshop wall. You can even make a screen room divider with a few old doors, perfect
for a garden for a little extra privacy from your neighbors.
• Old shutters can be transformed into magazine racks or CD holders.
• For more creative ideas on how to transform garage sale and flea market findings
visit these MIY projects; Flea-Market finds 1 & Flea-Market finds 2.
• You can give an old window
frame or picture frame a colorful
and yet vintage look even if it
plain in color. Paint painting on 3
to 4 layers of assorted colors,
letting dry between each coat.
Then, with the sandpaper or
steel wool, sand the frame until
parts of all the colored layers are
visible. Use a scrapper in a few
areas to give an extra-weathered
The ribbons intersects are
fastened into place with
decorative upholstery tacks
simply by pushing them into
the areas where the ribbons
cross over in the front.
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