An Old (Maybe Antique) Window

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Last spring I went to the Christie Antique Show for the first time. It had more than 300 dealers and more than 10 acres of antiques. Even though it was only May, the temperature was sweltering the day of the show. We arrived at 9:00 and were only able to last shop until 3:00. We didn't even make it to half of the booths!!! I still ended up finding some really unique pieces. I picked up an antique children's chair (see post about it here), an adorable wire basket (see post about it here), as well as a few other goodies.

There was one corner booth that had some really neat architectural salvage. Many of the pieces were way too ginormous to use in or around my house. But I did come across a very old (maybe antique) window. I'm not really sure how old it is or where it came from..... all I know is that I wanted it. 

I thought the window would be perfect to hang in our dining room. We have a dining room hutch/cabinet thingy that is an odd height (about 4 feet). The wall above it has always looked a little empty and lost.

Unfortunately my feeble mind forgot to take into account that the window weighs about 5000 pounds. I was informed by the boss Alex that it must be hung on wall studs. Well that just made it too tricky for me.

The window has been leaning behind a piece of furniture ever since. It's filthy and dirty and still has the price tag and sold sticker on it. I pulled it out this afternoon and fell in love again.

I think it's about time to tackle this little project. I'll need to give it a thorough cleaning, scrape the paint off of the glass, and then try and convince Alex that the house won't fall down if we hang it on the wall. 

My other idea was to hang it above the wide doorway in the dining room, but it is really heavy and I wouldn't want it to fall and crush someone during one of the daily blasts that shake our whole house. Did I ever mention that we live in an old mining town? That's why Alex is forever patching the cracks in the walls.

It was really funny because once I had purchased the window and was walking around with it at the antique show, I kept getting envious stares from everyone with good taste that I walked past. I literally thought that one woman was going to pounce and wrestle me for it. Don't worry though, I gave evil death stares to anyone who looked my way. Sorry if that was you. ;)

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  1. OOH I love your window! sounds like you have great ideas for it! can't wait to see what you do with it!!!

  2. What a fantastic piece! Next time you go to Christies, please pick me up on your way down!

  3. Yes, you must hang it... I love it!

  4. The window is beautiful! You HAVE to hang it up!

  5. gorgeous!!! it will look great no matter what you do with it!

  6. I love your antique window! It is gorgeous! Good luck deciding the perfect place for it in your home. :)

  7. Love it! I know where you should put it.. right on the wall when your going up the stairs! You could replace the other picture currently there and the afternoon sun would light it up sooooooooooooooo perfectly! ...... Oh wait thats where I would put it in my house bahahaha can't wait to see it on the wall. Beautiful purchase for sure!

  8. I can not express enough how much I love this window!! I would have grabbed it too had I seen it. I like the idea of over the doorway but I think it would go lots of places and look great! What a great find :)


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