Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Window Makeover

Funny story. My in-laws don't always understand my "junk habit" (neither does my husband for that matter). Sometimes they see something in my house and say "How did you think to use that?!" My answer is always the same.

I have no idea.

Even though they don't get it, they do pass along a few things they think I'll like. One time it was two grimy old windows. I think they thought I was a little nuts for taking them. But I cleaned one up and did this with it.

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My entry.

My mother in law saw it and wants one too! ha! They gave me the windows and now she's getting one back. Let's make her one, shall we?

Start with a nasty old window with one large pane of glass.

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Hopefully yours won't be this nasty.
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But hey, they were free, right?!

I cleaned it with a stiff brush and some sandpaper to get all the loose paint off.

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I painted it with some tan paint (I didn't even tape it off. Oooo. Dangerous).

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Next I sanded it lightly with some sandpaper, and took a razor to the glass to clean off some of the hard gunk and stray paint drips. Then I cleaned the glass with glass cleaner. Until I was left with this.

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If you haven't bought vinyl graphics before, I think this one came from Hobby Lobby and comes in a container that looks like this.

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Follow the directions to adhere the vinyl to the glass. You should end up with something like this!

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To hang it, you can find little hangers that pound right in. I peeled this off a frame I'm not using, but I have also bought them at Lowes.

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Let's see the before and after, shall we?

Before.
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After.
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I think it's really lovely. Make one yourself!

Linking to some of these parties.

This project was featured on House of Grace.

17 comments:

  1. Love how it turned out! Makes me wish wish I had a junky window laying around so I could make one too.

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  2. Your window is beautiful and that is a great quote! I have been doing some window projects too - they are so much fun.
    Holly
    504 Main

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  3. These are so pretty! Most people would just throw that you and you made it into a piece of art!

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  4. Wow that is beautiful!
    great idea!

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  5. I love the window with words. I have a Cricut....now I just need to find me an old window. Thanks for the inspiration. Visiting from Stories Of A House.

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  6. Love this! A friend of mine recently flagged down and commandeered a truck full of windows that was going to the dump. I'll have to pass your ideas along to her as well.

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  7. So pretty! We have those on our walls but I love the idea of putting it on a window!

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  8. Ooh, I have many windows and just ordered a silhouette....I sense lots of these type projects going out for Christmas gifts.
    Too bad I usually pass up the single paned windows, never realized they could look good too!
    Stopping by from Cindy's Make it for Monday party.

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  9. Love it! And it's so funny that I was just telling my hubs about doing this with our old windows!

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  10. Thanks for all the comments, guys! :)

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  11. What a wonderful gift to give back to the MIL. The choice of words was perfect too; great job!

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  12. OMG! I love it, I love it, I love it! True Story: I just redid a window and now I am seriously considering redoing my redid window. LOL...I love the blog!! You are awesome!

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  13. This is fabulous. I love that you used a quote with the WORD window in it ON the window! :)

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  14. Love this! Well done! thanks for the tutorial

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  15. I absolutely love it dear! window cases must not be thrown away, rather reinvent it and it give it a new life. thanks for the great share. awnings melbourne

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