Home project…you know the kind that keeps pestering you in the back of your mind…

I have had this project festering in me for about a year…but I just couldn’t take the time to pull it off…I am sure we all have them…I tried to get it done before Christmas…that did not happen so it became my Christmas card holder….it ended up having lots of cards on it but must not have taken a picture of it at all…(probably should have cropped that Harley boot out of the pic!)but…in February, when I did not have one travel date…I started setting aside a little time to work on my “project”.  

My son Jake, had found two of these 6 foot+ windows on the curb, on trash day a few years back…the minute I saw them I new I would “use” them for “something”… So when we moved into the new house I had saved this wall in my back hall/office area for this window…We just celebrated 2 years in the house!

The first step was to wash the years of “smokers” residue off the inside…the outsides were so much cleaner…I think it took more 4 times in each pane to be satisfied with them…once the window was cleaned I started going through the photos…to pick 25 great pictures or memories that I wanted to “see” everyday….was the hard part.

The insides of the panes were a little bigger than 11″ not perfectly square but just a little longer…So..I checked Walgreens…they had an 8″x 8″ photo size ….that could not have been more perfect for this…I ordered them all online…with a matte finish…they came 3 days later in the mail.  Some of my photos were professionally shot that i just scanned or took a photo of with my phone…yup…I took photos of my old photos and are they perfect?…no…but they worked.   Could some of them be better?… yes…if the photo was a earlier cell phone shot and not the best quality but who cares…I love all my photos here…Did I maybe find one or two after the fact…yes, but I can always move some in and out…here’s how I did it…

Now…how was I going to put the pictures in the windows?  I did not want to tape them to the front…I really wanted them “behind” the glass….so this is what I discovered….photo corners…you know those black little triangles that hold a picture to the page?…they were popular long time ago and then for scrapbooking…they come in CLEAR!!!…all I had to do was to use them backwards….put the photo corners with the sticky side to the glass and then insert my photos inside the corners, picture facing the glass and that is what is holding the photos in place…also…this makes them very easy be switched out!!!  Click to order Clear PHOTO CORNERS …they were very inexpensive…but order more than you need…as some will be damaged in the process.

The hardest part was getting them in the exact location on the glass, but with all those fine quilting rulers we have this was actually pretty easy…they were tricky to handle but I managed to get them placed without too much cussing…yes…a few of them were “lost” in the process”…it took me less than 2 hours to place them in…and the results were  A-MAZING!!!!  I couldn’t have been more pleased at how it all turned out!!!  

All the photos now in….just waiting to be hung…We bought heavy duty hangers and spaced them  16″ apart where the studs in the wall are…and it’s perfect!  You really can’t even see the photo corners…It is hard to get a good photo of how amazing this is… in this spot…I can’t stand back far enough from it to get a whole shot…but here is the best I can do….I also was going to touch up the window but then decided…I liked that the paint was uneven…cracking and you know… just showed it’s life…

Hope you enjoyed this post…and maybe it inspired an idea for something you can do with an old window….all for now…LB


98 responses to “Home project…you know the kind that keeps pestering you in the back of your mind…”

  1. Jane Avatar

    This is amazing I love it. I am now going to be looking out for old windows. I think it would make a great gift for a wedding and anniversary Etc thanks for sharing.

  2. sherrillash Avatar

    What a great idea!


    LOVE this!!!

  4. Vangie Brake Avatar
    Vangie Brake

    You never cease to amaze me. I missed your blogs in Feb and am so glad you are back in a routine of sending them out again. What a great idea. Genius, pure genius. Keep it coming my dear. Vangie Brake, Ontario, Canada

  5. Tammy Berry Avatar
    Tammy Berry

    It’s wonderful! A memory window was a great idea!

  6. Cindy Shope Avatar
    Cindy Shope

    Love this! Now I am going to have to hunt for a window.

  7. SHARYN Avatar

    Incredibly gorgeous! But then, you created it so it could be nothing less. Love it.

  8. Maureen Avatar

    Lisa, what a great idea! I will save that one. Pics look so nice also.

  9. Denise Avatar

    Wow! This is so cool!

  10. Paula Avatar

    Wonderful idea and gorgeous in that space…..love it! Paula in KY

  11. Kathy Martin Avatar
    Kathy Martin

    Absolutely awesome! What a great idea.

  12. Sandie in Oregon Avatar
    Sandie in Oregon

    What wonderful memories…each time you pass by.

  13. Debby Avatar

    This window is awesome! Wish I could find one like it to put a photo gallery in.

  14. Janet O. Avatar

    Totally inspired. This is the coolest thing!!

  15. Audrey Lamers Avatar
    Audrey Lamers

    Love it!
    I’m relieved no one can see the picture of me in there!! Lol!
    Oversized is perfect for that space.
    So much about your finished home pulls at all of us, way to go!

  16. Mary Avatar

    Wondeful – thanks for sharing it with us.

  17. gijane279-Liz Avatar

    AHHHHHHHHHHMAZING! I love it and I’m going to borrow this idea from you with an old window I saved from replacing the windows in my house (lol if I can get to it in the garage), it’s not as big as your window but It will work. Have a super fantastic day

  18. Meme Avatar

    Love your variety of posts. Clever idea, love it! Thanks

  19. Deborah Graber Avatar
    Deborah Graber

    I LOVE that you included the picture of the dog (Jeter?) in your family pictures, because if you are a dog lover, they truly are a part of your family. I love your blog, but really really really! love the pictures you post of your home and how it’s decorated. Your home is spectacular, and it’s decorated just the way I dream of doing my home some day. thanks for opening your home & heart to all of us.

  20. Ginger Jackson Avatar
    Ginger Jackson

    Wow! You are too smart! Love what you’ve done with a “throw-away piece!” You will be enjoy that so much, precious memories!

  21. Kelley Cunningham Avatar
    Kelley Cunningham

    I love this! Thanks for sharing!

  22. Patricia Streeter Avatar
    Patricia Streeter

    What a great idea!!!!

  23. Dee Avatar

    Beautiful!!! A great idea!!!

  24. Susan Puente Avatar
    Susan Puente

    I purchased one at a flea market to do the same

  25. Betty Lockhart Avatar
    Betty Lockhart

    You are so creative! It’s GENIUS!

  26. Stacey Larson Avatar

    Thanks for I have two windows not as big but the same idea and didn’t know what I was going to do with them from a home we flipped

  27. Bonnie Avatar

    Absolutely wonderful!!

  28. jmstavran55 Avatar

    Wow this is fabulous and yet so simple. Thanks for sharing your vision and how you did it. Like others I’m on the search for an old window.

  29. Kate Wolff Avatar
    Kate Wolff

    I used old windows I replaced in my family home and put quilt patches my mother had made on the inside of the window and gave one to each of my sisters so they would have a piece of home and our mom’s handiwork.

  30. lynn bourgeois Avatar
    lynn bourgeois

    I love your idea Lisa, although I am not likely to take on a project of these dimensions. Thanks

  31. Maryella Avatar

    I love it Lisa and thank you for sharing yet another of your fabulous ideas. Maryella

    Sent from my recliner!


  32. Mary Avatar

    That is really great I have old windows from my parents home and I plan todo the same thing they are not as big as yours but will work already have the photo corners

  33. Lily Pinarello Avatar
    Lily Pinarello

    Thanks for sharing Lisa. Congratulations on making the time to do this project…well worth it!
    Not easy to find a window with so many panes… usually only 6 or maybe a few more!

  34. Susan Calhoun Avatar
    Susan Calhoun

    That is such a fabulous idea! I am surprised Joanna Gaines hasn’t come up with something like that!

  35. Terry Rupple Avatar
    Terry Rupple

    Fantastic! What a great way to display your memories!

  36. Synthia Noble Avatar
    Synthia Noble

    Absolutely lovely!! Terrific idea and execution.

  37. Lola Underdahl Avatar
    Lola Underdahl

    Wow! I just love it!

  38. Colleen Kilber Avatar
    Colleen Kilber


  39. Peggy Hostetler Avatar
    Peggy Hostetler

    This is a great idea and love how you did this. You have the best ideas ever!

    Sent from my iPhone


  40. Gayle Troccoli Avatar
    Gayle Troccoli

    What a great idea! Thanks Lisa for sharing. You are so creative!

  41. Ruth Wilfong Avatar
    Ruth Wilfong

    Wow! This looks great! And so nice to have these pictures out where you can see them instead of stuck inside our phones.

    Ruth Wilfong

    On Thu, Mar 8, 2018 at 1:33 PM, Lisa Bongean’s Weblog wrote:

    > lisabongean posted: “I have had this project festering in me for about a > year…but I just couldn’t take the time to pull it off…I am sure we all > have them…I tried to get it done before Christmas…that did not happen > so it became my Christmas card holder….it ended up h” >

  42. Sharon Z. Avatar
    Sharon Z.

    What a great idea! It’s like having family around…all the time! ❤️

  43. Marianne Snowden Avatar
    Marianne Snowden

    Sooooooo stunning, Lisa!

  44. Cheryl Cogswell Avatar
    Cheryl Cogswell

    This is a fabulous idea! What a treasure.

  45. Harriett Murray Avatar
    Harriett Murray

    Just beautiful! Most of all just memorable!!!

  46. WesternNYLady Avatar

    Wonderful result. Great that you decided to let the life of the old woodwork show too. I can show this to my hubs so he can see why I salvage old things like this window.

  47. Fran Bianchi Avatar
    Fran Bianchi

    I love it!

  48. LIBBY BLAHA Avatar

    I love it……………………..Thanks for sharing……..I haven’t done mine yet because I couldn’t find a way
    to attach the pictures to make it look good ! You are AWESOME !!!

  49. Sally Albright Avatar
    Sally Albright

    Love how this turned out! Great job! Snd thanks for sharing your process😊

  50. Sandi Zier Avatar
    Sandi Zier

    Omg, I love it, I have to tell you something I was so excited about. I love your lines, your blog and your passion for quilting and design. Yesterday, my husband And I drove to Neenah, Menasha, to pick up a piece of furniture. We took a wrong turn, I was so happy, we drove by your store twice. I found you, I live near Waupaca, on White Lake, I will be a new customer in person, just not with the hubby in a UHaul. I hope you have a blessed day. Thanks Sandi

    Sent from my iPad Sandi Zier


  51. Pat Grunwald Avatar
    Pat Grunwald

    What a great idea! Loved it!

    On Thursday, March 8, 2018, Lisa Bongean’s Weblog wrote:

    > lisabongean posted: “I have had this project festering in me for about a > year…but I just couldn’t take the time to pull it off…I am sure we all > have them…I tried to get it done before Christmas…that did not happen > so it became my Christmas card holder….it ended up h” >

  52. Paula P Avatar
    Paula P

    That is awesome! Thanks for sharing what you have done. What a great idea for all those old and new pictures.

  53. Beckie Stabile Avatar
    Beckie Stabile

    Hi Lisa, I guess great minds do think alike. This is my photo door. I put chicken wire behind part of it and clips on the glass parts so I can change them out regularly! Beckie Stabile-Murrieta store


  54. Sharon Duffy Avatar
    Sharon Duffy

    Love it! I will be on the look out for a window like this! And I love that the photos are black and white-looks really effective.

  55. Diane Hinton Avatar

    That is totally awesome!!!!!

  56. Nancy Koch Avatar
    Nancy Koch

    That is just amazing. Now I will be in the lookout for an old window. Lovve all your house photos and the way you decorate.

  57. Mary lou Avatar
    Mary lou

    This is so great. I love the way you knew just what you were going to do with the discarded window. Such a Creative mind. Thanks for sharing and always inspiring us.

  58. Marlene Leonardo Avatar
    Marlene Leonardo

    It’s just absolutely WONDERFUL!!! I love it 😍! What wonderful lovely memories displayed!

  59. Valerie Geib Avatar
    Valerie Geib

    OH MY FREAKIN GOSH!!!!!!!!!! That is amazing. Love love love it. What a flash of brilliance. That s the best idea I have ever seen, no lie. Absolutely perfect for your space.

  60. Selena Gerst Avatar
    Selena Gerst

    Lisa- you have the coolest ideas….Your home is a wonderful inspiration and I look forward to receiving your emails…they brighten my days.

  61. Ann P. Avatar
    Ann P.

    Wow – best idea ever!! You are so talented.

  62. Michele Avatar

    Love it!

  63. Joanne Avatar

    WOW!!! Very creative – absolutely love this! Thanks for the inspiration.

  64. masonmarlene Avatar

    What a great way to get those pictures out of “HIDING” and into your daily life! Great idea! Every time I look through my old photos’ they bring back floods of memories, some good, some sad and some just plain fun. Thanks for the inspiration.

  65. sharon Avatar

    You have the greatest ideas! I used your old ruler idea to hang a wall of small quilts in my sewing room. All the quilters in the area have been over to ooh and ahh! Wish I could post a picture (it is SO cute), but that doesn’t seem to be possible here. Now I’ll have to start watching the trash for some old window frames…

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Send me a pic

  66. Sandy Avatar

    This is fabulous! You have a perfect to display this wonderful “picture frame”.

  67. Bonita Zobl Avatar
    Bonita Zobl

    Totally amazing! What a great inspiration you had when you saw that window… It couldn’t find a more perfect place to be either…. Gives me ideas of my own. 💓

  68. Donna W Avatar
    Donna W

    How cool is this!!

  69. Helen Avatar

    Love it

  70. Patricia A. Adams Avatar
    Patricia A. Adams

    Thanx for sharing this wonderful idea….It looks super great…..I am impressed!!!!

  71. D Metzner Avatar
    D Metzner

    Love what you did with the window. And what a lucky find!!!!

  72. Suzette harris Avatar
    Suzette harris


  73. Robin T Avatar
    Robin T

    I love your window project !!! I need my own window ! Thank you for sharing.

  74. Rose Bullen Avatar
    Rose Bullen

    Pretty special I would say! Great use of something old and something meaningful.

  75. Jakey Avatar

    Hi Lisa, Oh my gosh, your picture window is absolutely amazing! I just LOVE it, and I showed it to my son, Vincent, and he thought it was awesome too!! You are so creative. What a beautiful way to display love, joy, and tender moments. Hugs, Jakey

  76. Patricia Rosenbaum Avatar
    Patricia Rosenbaum

    It looks terrific!

  77. Arlene Mitchell Avatar
    Arlene Mitchell

    Lisa, what you did with the windo pane is awesome!!!! Thanks for sharing 

    Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone

  78. Susan Avatar

    Just love it! You are so creative!

  79. Pam Avatar

    I love it! What a fabulous idea! Thank you for sharing with us!

  80. SandyG Avatar

    That turned out great! Thank you for sharing, and the tips I would of never thought of! Thanks!

  81. Patti Vincent Avatar
    Patti Vincent


  82. Debbie Miller Meyer Avatar

    Very nice, Lisa! It looks fantastic and I like that you left the wood aged!!

  83. Suzanne Kuhns Avatar
    Suzanne Kuhns

    what a fantastic idea! thanks for sharing it!

  84. Debbe Avatar

    You are one creative lady! Thanks for sharing!

  85. obed101 Avatar

    A Friend of mine told me to come see this, I love it! Thanks for sharing!

  86. Jan Avatar

    Another neat idea for an old window. I don’t have the space for 1 your size but I’m sharing this with 2 friends who have long walls. Another idea I saw was placing a landscape quilt behind an old 4 pane window. Now that I could do if I ever get my quilt done. Haha.

  87. Susan Avatar

    I love it! The photo corners are perfect!

  88. Lori Porter Avatar
    Lori Porter

    You are amazingly talented. This looks perfect on your wall! Thanks for sharing

  89. Cathy Clark Avatar
    Cathy Clark

    Nice job Lisa! It’s so impressive and some of your photos are ones you have shared with us. I’m going to try those photo corners. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself & your family. Now you can have them with you while you sew

  90. June Avatar

    Beautiful! I also enjoy having photos around and visible. The recycling is a good thing. Please keep up all the creative “juices”. Thank you😍

  91. Elaine Avatar

    Love this! Very creative! Wish I had room for something like this, and I too, would have trouble narrowing down the pictures I’d want!

  92. Charlotte Avatar

    What a wonderful way to display a capsule of memories. I have two photo walls – one of family (black and white photos) and the other of travels (color photos). I know you will enjoy your photo wall.

  93. Brenda Kowalski Avatar
    Brenda Kowalski

    What a great idea – I love it. I would have left the frame as you did too as it adds character to it.

  94. Sandy D’Angelo Avatar
    Sandy D’Angelo

    Great idea! Wish I had both a picture and a wall to hold it. This would have been perfect in another house. Open plan has its drawbacks. Yours looks wonderful.

  95. Gailia A Burrows Avatar
    Gailia A Burrows

    So Beautiful. Great idea

  96. jakestoolscool Avatar

    Great job of recycling an old window. I have completed a few projects with old windows and always enjoy how they come out. If you get a chance check out my post on repurposing old windows and let me know what you think. http://tool-school.com/2018/02/23/repurpose-old-windows-2/

  97. Carrie Proulx Avatar

    An absolutely perfect us of the old window, I love everything about it! It was meant to be I believe.
    Your picture memories are wonderful, brought tears…… thank you for sharing, it is so inspiring!!

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