Monday, May 24, 2010

Thrifting Finds and Faux Window Instructions

Gosh, I was a bad bad blogger this week.. I sure have missed ya'll. 
I managed to stop in a visit some of you but not nearly as many as I wanted too.
We were having all the ceilings painted. Why we didnt do that when we had the walls done, I dunno.
I was surprised at hos it disrupted everything just to have the ceilings done. Took them 1 days to do 9 ceilings and me 6 days to get things back in order. I'm slower than I used to be ..
I'm participating in Marty's Party.. Make sure to go see all the creative talent that links to her.

I stopped in one of my favorite thrift stores this week and found a couple of soup bowls with handles that went well with my roosters and my new rugs. I was happy to pay the 2.00 each she was asking. After I got them home I thought I'd do a search to see if I could find two more. All it says on the bottom is Handpainted in Portugal. Not alot to go on but I tried anyway. I found some smaller, that I didnt really like the colors of as well and OMG , they were 36.00 each~!! There just has to be a place that has them more reasonable than that.. If anyone knows where I might find 2 more, please let me know.. Thanks:)
I'm posting a couple of shots of them that hopefully will give you a good enough visual..

 I posted my faux window about a month ago with the table my daughter and I were decorating. For those of you who have been here before, you know she won with her Zen style.. I've tweaked it a bit since then. Added a couple of new plants and my rooster plates:) yes indeedy I snuck those babies right back in , giggle..
I'm always amazed at how much I love my home when I see it in photos. This faux window was put in because due to exterior issues I couldnt have a window there. That was long before we gutted and made a new kitchen and opened the family room to the dining and kitchen. You can actually see it from the front door. I realize this set up would'nt suit everyone, but I truly love it. Can you tell I have an issue with enclosed spaces:)  This window , depending on where your standing, reflects all the other rooms. To me it feels like a Magic Window..
Between Naps On The Porch 
  I thought I'd take this opportunity to give you the method by which I made my faux window, 6 years ago.
 there are probably lots of ways to do this but since several requested the instructions, I'll post them..
I'll be posting this to Meta Monday, even though I dont have a before pic,  just imagine a large Blank beige wall and then Viola, a window:) 
I'll quit jabberjawing now and get to the instructions..
I had a 6x7 space to cover. I bought 2 boxes of mirror squares at Home depot.
4 of the decorative squares for the edges and 3 pieces of the detail molding. and 1/2 inch thick shims.
I made a jig for my saw to the cut outs in the back of the shims but you dont have too. you can cut them individually. I attached the mirrors directly to the sheetrock-- you might want to put yours on plywood so it would be removable. I knew mine would be staying so I skipped that step.
 Glue the squares to the corners, then cut and put your frame molding in place.
 I'm sure you know the drill-- measure 5 times//cut once:)
I let the frame set up overnight and painted it- let dry before I added my grids.
As i said I made mine outside fitting and gluing it together. It can be done by cutting the long//across pieces and putting them in place first. Your mirror pieces are your guides for this. Then cut your short pieces and slip them in place. a tiny dot of glue top and bottom of each short piece will adhere them to the cross sections. let dry and Viola, your done..  oh yea- paint all those short pieces and the longer sections so you dont have to do any taping.   Its may not sound easy but it is and once you start these instructions will make perfect sense..

 Good luck-- have fun -- and enjoy your HUGE picture window that will cost you approx. 35.00 instead of 2000.00...  Now if that doesnt make ya smile , I dont know what will..

Happy Monday to you ((ALL))
Have I told ya lately how much you are cared for and appreciated, if not, I'm tellin ya now..


  1. Sonny, I'm so glad to see you back!! Doesn't a week seem forever in the blog world? I always love all the great stuff you find and create. Your photos look awesome.

  2. I am SO loving this! It looks fantastic. And you use a SAW? All by yourself? I'm in awe. I've been to skeered to tackle power tools. I guess that's my next frontier!

    Great job!


  3. hi Sonny..
    Love the window!
    you've just given me a wonderful Idea!
    now, off to run errands,,
    then packing..
    leaving very early for Florida..

  4. Oh, Dear Sonny! Is there not anything you can do? This looks so wonderful! Love how you've dressed the table too.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  5. Sonny this is just awesome my your table top display also...hope you have a GREAT day...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  6. Love this window/mirror! So clever and such a room brightener! This will go on my list for sure. You bring such great style to your projects.

  7. Well, you know I love your house too! That looks just wonderful!
    xoxo Pattie

  8. Good to hear from ya! Loving your dishes and of course the window is so cute. Be blessed. Cindy

  9. Hi Sonny,
    Have missed you lately. Like your new soup bowls they are really cute. I just love that window, it is just adorable, and it really looks so nice.
    I like your roosters on the table too.
    Hope you have a great week hon,
    Blessings, Nellie

  10. Love your blog and I am passing on an award to you...stop over to Pandora's Box and grab the button.

    ALso, enter my CNS LANTERN giveaway ~patti

  11. Was just thinking of you Sonny, and there you happy to see you. I love your new always have the cutest settings. Did you see I started a new linky party....starting every Saturday and Sunday....all about thrifting, and our fun finds. Hope to see you join in sometime. Debbie

  12. Sonny, this is my first visit to your beautiful blog & I ♥ it! I would love to do something similar to your *window* in my dining room. Yours looks spectacular!
    I'm your newest follower & will now spend another hour checking out all your former postings.
    Its been nice to *meet* you!


  13. How have I missed you in the blog world? Glad you stopped by, because now I found you. The banner on your blog is so gorgeous! I really like your "picture window" -- and I have done something similar in the past. Once I put shutters on either side -- I liked it.

    I will visit you and hope you will do the same.


  14. Hi Sonny, just lovely. I adore all the pretty roosters.

    Barb ♥

  15. Sonny, you are always so clever and can do anything! Great looking window!


  16. Hi Sonny!! Love that faux window and your darling soup bowls too!!

    Susan and Bentley

  17. If I had a windowless wall, I would try your project, but I have more windows than I need especially when it comes to the time to wash them. You haven't been a bad blogger, but I have missed seeing your posts. Stop by Applejack Lane any time.

  18. Definitely makes me smile! I have been thinking of doing just this! Yours looks fabulous! I love it Sonny!

  19. I absolutely love your faux window. It is perfect and just really spreads the light around and mirrors also give a room such dept. Your vignette on the table underneath is exquisite. I love that you snuck the rooster plates back in. Everything is just awesome. So perfect. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

  20. Like it just as much this time as I did before. Jane F.


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