Recycling and Up-cycling is all the rage, it has been for awhile. Giving new life or meaning to old and discarded items. Walking into a salvage yard or antiques center can stir up a bunch of ideas. A door may become a bench or room divider. A wood frame turns into a box or a chalk board. That’s why we had to share this project from Marie, a Repurposed Window which she painted with Tattered Angel’s DIY Paint. Our DIY paint is the perfect paint for these kinds of project. It has a rich pigment, true to color and goes on smooth for great coverage.
“Growing up on a farm in Wisconsin’s Dairyland, we always had old, vintage treasures in our sheds. I never realized their potential, however, until adulthood after I moved away with my husband. On their last visit, my parents brought me this old window. It took a little cleaning up but I love the end result!”- Marie Heiderscheit
- Old window
- Cleaning supplies
- Tattered Angel’s DIY paint in Crystal
- Sandpaper, 80 grit
- Two pieces of hardware of your choice
- Painters tape
- Tools Used; Paintbrush, screwdriver for attaching the handles, sandpaper on a sandpaper block
Follow these step by step directions to make your own re-purposed window.
Clean your window. Mine was very dirty so I went over it several times. I just used good old vinegar and a microfiber rag. Im sure you could use whatever window cleaner you have on hand.
Tape off the edges of all your glass panes. This way it ensures a clean edge and you don’t have to worry about scraping paint off the glass later on. Also, I laid down a canvas drop cloth that I borrowed from my husband’s shop.
Paint! I used a kid’s craft paintbrush and it seemed to work fine. I did end up doing two coats, but in the end I feel it was unneccessary. Use your own judgement, though, to obtain the look you want.
Let the paint totally dry. I left mine for a whole day.
After the paint is dry, carefully peel off the tape. Then, if you desire, you can take some sandpaper and sand down a few areas to give your window a more distressed look. Mine already had some beautiful imperfections that I wanted to highlight.
Add your hardware! I picked up these black metal handles from our home improvement store on sale for only $.88 each! I did enlist the help of my husband in this step. He helped me center them and drill the holes for the screws. If you drill a few pilot holes first, your screws will go in much easier. You can also screw them in by hand, it just takes some extra muscle!
Admire your gorgeous window! There are a number of beautiful ways you could display a vintage window. For mine, I chose to staple a piece of fabric to the back and then hang a simple grapevine wreath to the front. In the future I would love to display some photos on each of the panes, or even put a vinyl quote or verse on it. The possibilities are endless!
Marie’s creative DIY projects are so fun, simple and easy to do. We are especially loving this re-purposed window project and has our mind whirling with color ideas. The possibilities are endless. To see more of Marie’s work follow her on Instagram or her Blog