Hi Gail, and My Repurposed Life readers! I’m Cristin from Eve of Reduction and I’m thrilled to announce that my debut DIY book, Living Simple, Free and Happy is now available for purchase on Amazon!
My Repurposed Life is the first stop on my virtual book tour. This means, if you go to the book tour page and leave a comment, you can win a copy of the book (mailed to US residents, digital copy if winner lives outside the US). If you go ahead and purchase a copy, leave a review on Amazon and let me know on the landing page of my blog tour, you will be entered to win a free, online upcycling consultation with me, Cristin Frank.
And with that announcement I want to share an easy upcycling project that will help organize and simplify your life: repurposing an old window sash into a mail organizer.
There are a few things that make this project worth the time investment.
1. Old window sashes can be picked up for usually less than $10 at flea markets, garage sales or salvage resources.
2. It’s very customizable – meaning you can make it really elaborate or simple and it’s still attractive and functional
3. Not only are you reusing an obsolete window, other recycled supplies are used for his project.
4. Reusing old windows not only add function, they add architectural character to your home without any remodeling. And don’t we all just love adding character to our home? If you answered, “heck yeah,” keep reading!!
Ideally I would have loved to have used a beveled, lead glass window, but because they are harder to come by and much more expensive, we’re going to fake the look with Liquid Lead.
Step 1: Create a design with pencil, ruler and paper large enough to fit in the window panes. I used the back side of, well, a beer label print sheet left over from my days at Anheuser-Busch. Wrapping paper works well, too.
Tape your pattern to the under side of the window.
Step 3 (optional): If you’d like to add more visual interest, especially if you want to just hang up your window for architectural character, or as a privacy “curtain” like on a patio, you may want to add color with vellum. Vellum is a sturdy, semi-transparent paper.
Cut the vellum to fill in the shapes drawn in liquid lead. Then carefully tape them on the back side of the window so the tape will be hidden by the lead lines.
Step 4: Screw in the 2 eyescrews at the top of your window and wind your wire around them. Your decorative window is ready to be hung.
If you’d like to take your window project a few steps further and make it into a mail organizer / storage organizer, you’ll need the following supplies:
Fabric (I recycled an old pillow sham)
Step 1: Cut 2 pieces of cardboard to fit over the width of both window panes. There will be one piece for the upper panes and one for the lower panes. Also cut quilt batting slightly larger than your cardboard pieces and fabric, slightly larger than the quilt batting.
Step2: Fold the fabric over the back of the cardboard around all edges and tape down with packing tape. Don’t worry, no one will see it.
Step 3. Flip the cardboard panels over so they are facing front. Position them over the two, side-by-side panes. Hammer fabric tacks through the fabric and cardboard into the window frame. Repeat with the other piece of cardboard.
If you like DIY projects that are easy, inexpensive, reduce waste and add beauty and function to your home, please check out Living Simple, Free and Happy on Amazon. It is also available at bookstores, home improvement stores and craft stores nation-wide. The book includes 10 upcycling tutorials that take easy to find furniture items and transforms them into customizable, organizational solutions from your home.
Want a sneak peek? Here’s a glimpse of a baby changing table upcycled into a wine bar.
This is just one of the many cool repurposing projects you’ll find in the book. What else do you get?
Simple techniques that eliminate clutter and keep it from returning
A personalized plan to help you reclaim your time
Practical (and profitable) ways to sell unused items in your home
Tips to eliminate debt and curb consumption
Dozens of exercises that help you identify and honor your talents, values, and goals
Please remember to leave a comment on my blog tour page to be entered to win a copy of Living Simple, Free & Happy. There you also see my blog tour schedule and can check in to learn more about upcycling, simple living, decluttering and writing a book.
Please know that I look forward to reading each and every comment!
And Gail, Thank you so much for being a gracious book tour hostess!
I appreciate you reading my blog in your reader and/or via email.
You can reach me at gail@MyRepurposedLife.net