September 1, 2010

Easy Kitchen Window Project!


There is a wonderful place here in Portland called "The Rebuilding Center"

The Center carries the region’s largest volume of used building and remodeling materials. It provides resources that make home repairs affordable to everyone, with the goal of promoting the reuse of salvaged and reclaimed materials. 
Three hundred visitors come to The Rebuilding Center every day to browse the ever-changing inventory that includes sinks, tubs, tile, lumber, doors, windows, trim and much more.
It is a non-profit "green" Organization where all the materials are donated and the money goes into the community.  Items sell for 70%-90% off their original value!
They have tons of old windows right now...many of them came from a 1920's school building.

My daughter bought a large one with 30 panes..for only $1 a pane.
She is going to use it for a large photo collage...it rests against her wall in her 1920"s apartment!

I found a wonderful window too...and this is what i did with it!

I just love it!
It serves as my "Kitchen Communication Center".
I just use the "white board" markers and an eraser.

This one sold for $2 a pane...so it cost me only $4.00!
It was already painted red... I just distressed it a bit more.
I added the little black shelf underneath to hold the marker and eraser.
(I think I am going to distress that too)

My husband hung it with heavy duty "eye screws" and "S" hooks.
It adds to the look.

Find an old discarded window...and you too will have an instant wipe-off board...
...with a lot of character!

28 comments:

Karen said...

What a fascinating place. You are really fortunate to have access to this type of materials. Wonderful!
Love your project.
Karen
Ladybug Creek

Leslie said...

That is great. I love it.
Happy Wednesday

Kim@Seasons of My Heart said...

What a WONDERFUL idea...and what a GREAT place to hang it.

Hope you are doing well??

Lori R. said...

What a great idea Carrie...

Valarie said...

Ingenious idea.....I may have to copy you. Have a wonderful day.
xxoo Valarie

Country Dreaming said...

Great idea.
Looks cool. I presume that you used a whit board of sorts to write on. Did you get that from there too?

melinda

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Looks great and what a great idea!
Old windows are so cool.
Deb :)

My Grama's Soul said...

Clever.....clever....clever! (O:(O:

Xo

Jo

Blondie's Journal said...

What an awesome place, Carrie! This gives me an idea...

xoxo
Jane

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How clever! I need something like that over my sink! ♥

Debby said...

First of all their building is awesome! I love what you did with yours. Very creative.

grammy said...

That is so cool
love what you are doing with it (o:

Stacey said...

I love this! Wish I had seen this before I bought my chalkboard last weekend.

Diane said...

Darling and the color of the frame is perfect for your decor! I bet it adds a very whimsical touch! oxox, Sis

Denise said...

great to know about this place, thanks for letting us in on it. I've ususally just gone to the Aurora Architectural Salvage. Have you been there? I'd love to visit this place soon!!

Hugs said...

Thanks for sharing. I totally love this idea! Now I will be keeping my eyes open for a used window. I ablsolutely must have one.

Pen Pen said...

wow, so pretty! I want one!

Pen Pen said...

wow, so pretty! I want one!

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Good Morning Carrie,
I love your white board! and how cool you were able to find it at a salvage store, but the coolest thing to me is that it was already painted red, the sweet little yellow bird is just the cutest thing ever.You were so creative!It looks great on the wall with your Happy is a Home!
(I want one)
Have a sweet day and big hugs~Elizabeth
PS~ I like the rainbow house and good for the owners for standing up to bossy neighbors..

Susan said...

Great idea! I love your blog..Susan

Deborah said...

You have the best things up there!!! Do you see me turning green??? What a fabulous find and I love love love what you did with it! I also adore the phrase on your wall above your new window. I picture your home as a place of complete peace and love.
**blows kisses** Deb

Beverly @ My Sew Sweet Studio said...

What a great place to shop. Wish we had something like it around here.
Great use for your window. Love that it was already red. I've never seen one used that way. Very clever.

Nezzy said...

I love it!!! The fact is I'm quite smitten with it! Not only was it a great buy it's a wonderful addition to any home. Kudos to you sister!!!!

God bless ya and have a terrific day!!!

Kelly said...

Great idea! Love the colour too!

Mags said...

I have a friend, who like you, can make something fabulous from next to nothing. I'm so jealous! You are so gifted in this area Carrie. I love this project!

nancygrayce said...

You are so creative! I love that!

marie said...

My daughters visited Portland last Summer and I've wanted to visit ever since. Now you've given me one more reason to visit! What a great place...I love your new window message center. It looks good and it's so functional too!
I went back through your blog a bit and got to tour your cozy townhome ~ it's a wonderful place. Your outdoor areas are beautiful ~ I kind of envy all the green! : )

Thank you for visiting me ~ I'm so glad I got to visit you!

The Pink Door said...

Wow that place sounds amazing, we have alot of that out here in Utah, but I don't get out much these days..ha ha. Love the window and what you did with it! Very creative! ox
Love ya Auntie!

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