Vintage Window Gone Nautical {An Extraordinary Day}

It’s Guest Post day!!

Please welcome Diane from An Extraordinary Day!!!


One of my favorite things to decorate in my home is a vintage window.

It hangs like a piece of art on my wall.

The beauty of a vintage window is that it’s a wonderful blank canvas for giving your room some seasonal decor.

  • Its shabbiness provides a textural contrast in more traditional or contemporary decor.
  • It’s fun to be creative with ideas in just a small space.
  • It can change with the season or your whim.
  • It’s great for whimsical paper-crafting projects that just don’t ‘work’ elsewhere.

Last November my friend gifted me with a lovely window. It’s perfectly imperfect. And hung sideways it was just the right proportion for that big blank wall over my sofa. Win! Win!

Since then, my window has gone through several iterations from Christmas to Valentine’s Day to Spring to the Fourth of July and now she’s giving a nod to the nautical. The perfect look for summertime!

Vintage Window gone Nautical ::

This nod to nautical look is simple and uncluttered and fresh for hot summer living.

It reminds me of summers growing up on Lake Michigan. Gosh I miss that big lake!

An arrangement of three elements is most always pleasing to the eye:

  • The window:
    a gift that keeps giving
  • A lifesaving ring:
    recycled from a Fourth of July wreath with the addition of some blue fabric and rope
  • And an old paddle:
    originally a blonde natural wood tone, painted and distressed for a more striking nautical look

Nautical Window Art ::

It’s great if our home decor can have some special meaning.

This nautical window certainly does as the paddle has a wonderful story from my childhood….

You see when I was about nine years old, I was a bit independent and ignored my parents’ direction. That resulted in a fall with a severely fractured arm. That same summer my parents were putting in a pool. And with that heavy full-arm cast there was no way I was going to be able to enjoy swimming in the new pool. But, my kind and loving dad came up with a creative solution. He bought a plastic boat and a paddle for me to paddle around the pool. He certainly didn’t need to do that, but what a great example of grace and compassion that has stuck with me my whole life. Plus, he ended up with a much more obedient child thereafter.

The paddle you see here was the first paddle he purchased. It was too long for me to use with my plaster cast, so he bought another short one. The boat was given away the following summer…but not the paddles. I don’t know why, but the paddles always hung in the garage. A number of years ago I noticed them and decided that I needed to hang the paddles in my garage as a sweet remembrance of my father’s very loving gesture.

Project Details

I wasn’t sure at first how I was going to hang the paddle across the window. Thankfully, I discovered I had a package of industrial-strength Velcro. It’s perfect as it can hold the weight of the paddle and be positioned close to the window frame. Plus, the Velcro isn’t visible when you look at the window vignette. Happy Day!

Coastal Window Decor ::

Originally I had planned to make a nautical pennant banner for this window.

But, after I added the life ring and the paddle it seemed finished. I really liked the simplicity. Less is more in the summertime. However, I thought I’d get my husband’s opinion on the window. He made the most amazing suggestion. He reminded me that I had a box of photos from a trip to Maine that were eager to get out of their drug store envelopes….and that I could hang them on the window too.

What a clever and creative man I married!! That was a fabulous suggestion. Actually….perfect!! Now I can enjoy a few of my photos and the window has gone from a nod to nautical to truly coastal!!

Vintage Window Coastal Decor ::

Armed with a roll of double stick tape, I attached a small strip to the center of each photo and simply stuck them to the front of the window glass…centering them as best I could…using the ol’ eyeball leveling method. I couldn’t be happier with the result.

What a great way to relive one of the best vacations ever….a drive down Highway 1…stopping at every lighthouse, walking the craggy coast and sandy shorelines, and breathing in the most wonderful fresh air. This just might be my favorite iteration for this vintage window yet.

Coastal Vintage Window Photo Frame ::

Right now I follow a zero spending budget for craft projects and home decor. It’s rare for me to spend money as I usually shop my stash for supplies or pick up treasures along the road. I’ve been living this way for a few years and I’m here to tell you, a little goes a long way. And the challenge has forced some latent creativity. Yay!! This project was a bit different. I actually spent some money…about $3.50 on supplies….the first dollars and cents in many, many months. But, what’s a gal to do when her craft paints are drying up and she can’t find the right piece of rope?

Vintage Window Coast Photo Frame ::

By now, you’ve noticed…I’m not Courtney! [wink]

I’m Diane! I write, DIY, decorate, celebrate nature’s beauty, and attempt to inspire you to live a full and beautiful, joy-filled life over at An Extraordinary Day! My motto is “Why be ordinary when you can be extraordinary.” I’d love for you to come over for a visit. My latest project has been a laundry room makeover….on a dime. Pop on over and pick up a few easy ideas for your laundry room, too.

 Courtney, I cannot imagine your excitement in purchasing your home, having your husband return, and all the craziness of moving across the country.  My thoughts and prayers are with you as you make this exciting transition.  May God’s blessing and peace be yours in abundance in your new home.  And may you create many extraordinary memories along the journey.

Thanks Courtney for inviting me to share one of my favorite things here at A Diamond in the Stuff.

This vintage window has surely been a diamond in my stuff….giving me lots of opportunities for creating something new and fresh with one gifted window.

Wishing you all An Extraordinary Day!


  1. It’s been fun guest posting for you Courtney! Thank you so much! Hope your family has an extraordinary weekend! Blessings!

  2. I love it, Diane! And, yes, your pictures from Maine need to be on display. 🙂

  3. This is a fabulous project Diane! I love how you did your paddle – it looks amazing!! I must pin this for future paddle reference, since I have a bit of an addiction to paddles around here:) Great job!

  4. Thank you Judy!! Those photos have been sitting in a box for way too long!!! 🙂
    Hope your weekend is Extraordinary!

  5. Perfect! I love the look of the vintage nautical window. I want one for my home. It’s so sweet that every time that you look at the window, you will have a flood of wonderful memories. Thanks for guest posting here Diane, now I am off to check out your blog.

  6. Fun project especially if one has a window…and has a paddle for they are a great combination!!! Fun popping over to another blog

    • Haha! Yes…in order to duplicate this project one does need a window and a paddle. Of course, one could have one without the other as in my case. How blessed I am that the two finally converged! 🙂 Thanks Gwen…love your humor!


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