Welcome to my first Instructable! I will be going through the basics of how to convert an old window frame into a Jewelry Display, which has several utilities and can be modified to fit your needs.
I made two of these at the same time that were relative in size, for my mother and my partner's mother as Christmas gifts. I previously made one for my girlfriend with a different technique and a smaller window.
- Window Frame (I used one that was 28" x 31", which is rather large for this project)
- Chicken Wire or Utility Wire (both have their benefits, this instructable used chicken wire)
- Hooks (10+ depending on your tastes)
- Drawer Pulls (8+ depending)
- Drawer Pull Bolts (2 1/2", the standard is not long enough to go through and screw into the knobs)
- Hot Glue
- Framing Wire
- Mirror hanging hardware
- elmers glue (or cheap school glue and more paint for the crackle effect)
- Ikea picture hanging hardware (to secure mirror)
- D hooks ( to hang)
- Burlap Rope (used to cover wire ends, fabric works as well)
- Drill & Drill Bits for pilot holes
- Hot glue gun (High and Low Temp depending on if you are covering wire ends with fabric)
- Scrub Brush
- Staple Gun & Staples
- Wire cutters & Pliers
- Paint Brushes
- utility knife or razor blade
WARNING: OLD WINDOWS MAY CONTAIN LEAD PAINT, WHICH IS VERY HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH PLEASE WEAR SAFETY GLASSES AND VENTILATOR WHEN SANDING OR IN GENERAL.
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Step 1: Scrub a Dub, Clean It UP!
Once you obtain the window you can start on the first step. CLEAN and REMOVE GLASS, METAL and GRIME. Then allow window to dry.
- Remove any remaining glass on the window (can be dangerous please use caution and common sense, wear a decent pair of work gloves).
- Remove metal that may be sticking out of the frame, old windows used small metal pieces (diamond shaped) to hold the glass in place. These need to be removed for safety. I used a utility knife but a pair of pliers can be good too. (Again, please use caution and common sense.)
- Clean the window of any grime, use a scrub brush along with a hose to remove old dirt, cobwebs, etc. Also, it is good to utilize the hose to remove the old paint. (Paint may contain lead, which can be hazardous use caution and wear protection).