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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Two Dollar Curb Art

You know the song "Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend" from the movie Gentlemen Prefer Blonds? It's iconic.

Marilyn Monroe prefers Diamonds. We prefer the diamonds in the rough that we find at the Curb. 

To us "The Curb is a Girls Best Friend".

I found this on the side of the road when I was on my way home from visiting my grandma. There was a whole pile of them but I only had time to grab one because I was stopped in the middle of two way road  with my hazards on and a car was coming. EEK!

The window measured almost five feet tall and was painted a forest green color. Not our choice of color but it was wood had no damage and was in great condition.

I really didn't have an idea for the window when I picked it up until I found these two calendars at the Thrift Store for $1.00 each.

I immediately thought of my sister who worships Marilyn Monroe. She has at least four or five huge pieces of Marilyn Monroe artwork in her house plus books, cups and even bottles of Marilyn Monroe wine! These photos from the calendar would look gorgeous displayed in the window frame. Creating a piece of art for my sister would be perfect! 

After cleaning the window I used one tube of high gloss acrylic red craft paint to paint over the Forest Green. I did not sand or prime the frame because I was out of sandpaper and primer and didn't feel like going to the store. The craft paint adhered very nicely though. I only used one tube since I was going for a more distressed look. If you prefer full coverage I would recommend using 2-3 tubes of the craft paint.

I used a Cigar Box lid as my template to cut the photos out to be the same exact size. I traced around the cigar box with a pen and then cut the photos out.

Self adhesive black photo corners were used on all four corners of every picture to mount the pictures and provide a more finished look. Once the corners were added, I used my hot glue gun to glue the back of the corners to the front of the windows. I really wanted to glue them to the back side but you could see the glue through the glass. Bummer!

I had two of these distressed white decorative wood pieces in my garage. I simply hot glued them to the top and bottom of the window frame to add some interest and detail. .

And that's it.  Super easy! My sister loved it!

Total cost of this project was $2.00. I had all of the other supplies on hand. Not too bad for a $2.00 piece of art.

Until next time.....

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Meliss @ Shabby LOCO! said...

"The Curb is a Girls Best Friend" LMBO! You guys always crack me up..Great Job once again Lay-d'zzzz..Muah! Meliss

SheLovesToCraft said...

Lovely! I have always been a sucker for re-purposing old windows.

Jenny said...

This looks great!


Tammy @ Type A said...

love the red! great project, i wish i could find windows like this!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

so very chic! i love the new color, too- very sexy!

Jacqueline said...

super cute!

Katie said...

I've always wanted to use an old window and make it into a large picture frame! ThIS is awesome!!! Jealous you found this on the curb ;)

Jake said...

What an amazing find! And a whole pile of them? Love the makeover!

Bunny Jean said...

What a great find! I have never found something on the roadside...yet. Too bad you didn't get more.

I like the fact that you went with the red. It is a great accent for Marily ;)

Thanks for sharing at my party!

xoxo Bunny Jean
Wednesday's Bunny Hop Party!

Julia @ 551Eastdesign said...

I'm sure your sister did love it, it's so cute:) I'm so impressed with how you put it together.

P.S. I'm having a $50 cash giveaway on my blog this week. Come by when you have a chance! :)

Jane said...

What a great idea for an old window - I love it! I bet your sister is still smiling :)

Ellen said...

What a great tribute to a wonderful gal. The window looks great and a little added detail perfect. Bet your sister loved it.

trophyw.blogspot.com said...

Love it! You come up w/ the most amazing ideas-seriously I love how your brain works.

Shannon said...

What a totally cool idea! I love the red colored frame. Perfect touch!

marisa said...

Love this!

Artsy VaVa said...

Great find! Looks wonderful!

Johnnie said...

So cool!

Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful} said...

I bet your sis is going to *die* over such a sweet and unique gift! And 2 bucks??? You can't even buy lunch for that, let alone a great piece of art! You go, girl. (c:

Rachelle @ Adventures in Creating said...

Oh I love old window projects! And this one is pretty awesome. Love it! I'd love it if you'd check out the giveaway I'm having for a Dremel Saw Max!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

I love old windows and this is such a great way to use them. I bet your sister loved this. Thanks for linking to the Open House party.

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

OH MY GOSH!! I think I would risked my life to grab more than one of these! LOL -- you did a great job on this -- LOVE the color!

Honey at 2805 said...

Great salvage of an old window. Sure Marilyn would be pleased at the way you are showing her off!

Good Time Charlie said...

I LOVE it! I love old windows for any kind of cool project. Ha, you totally sounded like me, pulling over in a danger zone, just to load up a bunch of garbage. My kids think it is "normal" to suddenly pull over and throw something from the side of the road into the back of my van. Poor children.

Tammy @ Type A said...

i frgot to remind you about your guest post, due this Saturday. sorry! :)

Janny said...

Wow! This is amazing... And I love how you got the door in the first place. Such a good story

Suzy www.savedbysuzy.blogspot.com said...

I love roadside finds...and this is certainly a good one! I love how you transformed it too. Thanks for sharing (I noticed that you have things watermarked now too...I need to get on that.).

Rica said...

What a cool idea, very creative and a great way to display lots of pictures.

Audrey said...

Super cute! Love the red color too! I would LOVE to get a roadside find like that!!

Anonymous said...

How fun! What a great idea!

Kristal said...

What a great vision you had for this piece. It turned out very nice.


Miss Charming said...

Love the red! It turned out so cute.

Kassandra @ Coffee and their Kisses said...

This is beautiful! I'd love for you to join my brand new linky party! http://www.coffeeandtheirkisses.com/2011/10/stitch-n-niche-saturdays-linky-party-1.html

Coley said...

Love it!

Coley said...

Love it!

Anonymous said...

How cute! I just did a vintage window also, check it on my blog..

andie jaye said...

a definite diamond in the rough! she looks lovely! especially in that trademark red from marilyn's lipstick! thanks so much for linking up to tip-toe thru tuesday last week! hope to see you again this week!

Kassi @ Truly Lovely said...

Wow! This rocks! Love the color! Love the whole idea!!! Well done ladies! Thanks for linking to Fancy This Fridays!

Chef in Training said...

I Love this! It is so cute! I would love it if you would come share this at the Tuesday Talent Show at Chef In Training! Thanks so much and hope to see you there!

Katie said...

I know I've already gushed over this last week, but I still can't get over this window picture frame. I featured it this week on Sew Woodsy!

Diann said...

Your window turned out great. Love the color. thank you for joining TTF and have a wonderful day!

Marie said...

Love how it turned out! Thanks so much for linking up with us at Show & Share! Hope you’re joining us again this week!


Jacque said...

Angela and Debbie,

You ladies must know me very well... I am such a HUGE fan of Marilyn Monroe! Thanks for sharing it on Sundae Shake Up! Marilyn is part of the reason, I created my blog!!! I'm featuring your project tomorrow on Sundae Shake Up! Please stop by to see it, grab a featured button, and link up some more of your amazing projects!


Erin of HomeSavvyAtoZ.com said...

That is one FABULOUS curb find! Well done! Thank you so much for linking up to Savvy HomeMade Monday.

Chris said...

Hi Ladies, what a fabulous project you just completed. I wish I could find things like that on the side of the road, no such luck. Around here people advertise and sell everything and anything. Congratulations on a nice piece of art for your sister.
I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

Sigurt said...

She has at least four or five huge pieces of Marilyn Monroe artwork in her house ... marilynmonroeframedart.blogspot.com

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