DIY Window Picture Frame + Reynolda House of American Art

Ugh, I have been home sick this week.  Hence the delay between posts.  Anyway, here is a oldie but goldie project for you plus a fun day trip idea to Winston-Salem, NC.  
One of the first things we updated in our house were the windows.  The old ones were charming with the old wavy glass and nice lines, but they were drafty and loud.  We upgraded to new windows with the double pane to insulate against traffic noise, trains – general city noise and also to keep as much of the air we like inside the house.  

Some of the old windows were beyond saving but a few were decent.  I grabbed a few of them to re purpose.  This one was a smaller size from the kitchen.  I cleaned it up, sanded a few areas, sprayed with a clear coat to prevent future flaking, and then mounted picture frame hanging hardware on the back side.  I hung it up in the dining room as an easily changeable artwork gallery.  I simply use double-sided tape or the clear scrap booking corners to affix postcards, photographs, cards, and other mementos to the windowpanes.

These days it is a cluttered mess and a lot more Greta.  We do still change out photos and artwork, but less frequently.  (It is hard to tell from this though!)

Greta greatly improved by Sunday and since the weather was so nice, we decided to check out an art exhibit at the Reynolda House in Winston-Salem.

While I packed a diaper bag, snacks, and water bottles, these two cuties sat on the step and threw acorns.  Greta is loving all her new abilities these days.  She is growing in leaps and bounds.  Anyway, on to the Sunday visit.

The Reynolda House of American Art is the former private home of Richard Joshua Reynolds, founder of R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company.  The house originally was on a 1,067 acre estate, complete with greenhouses, a glassed-in pool, gardens, basement roller skating, basement bar, beautiful furnishings, barns, gardening buildings, and many more outer buildings.  These outer buildings have since been turned into a shopping area known as Reynolda Village.  The house was turned into an art museum in 1967.  The interior of the home has been restored and finished to way it would have looked when the family lived there.

This was the closing day of an exhibit I had been wanting to see all winter – The Black Odyssey by Romare Bearden, one of my all-time favorite collage artists.  He was born in Charlotte, NC in 1911 and died in New York in 1988.  The works were fantastic – large, brightly colored collages, often featuring contrasting complementary colors.  Bearden artfully adapted Homer’s Odyssey into the theme of the Great Migration, a movement in which Bearden’s family was a part of.

After viewing the exhibit, we headed outdoors to the gardens to walk around a bit.

Greta was fascinated by the lion water fountain.  She loves to roar at lions now.

 The pool is in a space surrounded by lovely walkways and usually green vines.

This arbors’ vines created interesting lighting on this sunny day.  

 The view looking from the pool, toward the greenhouse and Reynolda Village.


Published by Chelsea

Art teacher by day. Mother of 2 - day and night. Thrifter, crafter, artist, baker, chef, and DIYer in free time.

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