Instead of expensive store-bought wall decor, you can rescue old windows and convert them into one-of-a-kind works of art. Reclaimed windows, glass, and wood are huge components of the shabby chic, antique, coastal or farmhouse style interiors. However, you don’t have to resort to buying big box wall decor! You can easily save money, get your creative gears turning, and upcycle a window you may already have or you find at a thrift store. And it JUST so happens we already have a video tutorial to help you get started. Check it out…
- Dream On Lettering Furniture Stencil from Royal Design Studio
- Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in Pure White, Duck Egg, and Florence
- Annie Sloan Soft Clear Wax
- 2 ¾” Royal Stencil Brushes
- 3 small Chalk Paint brushes or natural bristle paint brushes
- Old window frames with glass
- Krylon Looking Glass Silver Spray Paint
- Sea sponge, cheesecloth, sharp blade, and painter’s tape
Step 1: Clean your window and frame. Use a sharp blade to remove any old paint or stains on the glass.
Step 2: Place and secure the Dream On Lettering Stencil on the glass with painter’s tape. Make sure the words of the stencil design are inverted so it can be properly read when it is turned around.
Step 3: Load a stencil brush with Florence Chalk Paint® and offload the excess paint onto a paper towel. Stencil the design using the color randomly.
Step 4: Repeat Step 3 using Duck Egg Chalk Paint® and random stipple brushstrokes. Alternate the two colors until you fully cover the stencil design.
Step 5: Protect and mask off the frame and other glass areas with painter’s tape. Dampen a sea sponge. Load and offload it with Duck Egg Chalk Paint®. Stipple it lightly and very randomly on the glass.
Step 6: Repeat Step 6 with Florence Chalk Paint®.
Step 7: Use Krylon Looking Glass Silver Spray Paint over what you just stenciled. Be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions. Remember that you are working on the back of the glass so this step should actually cover what you just stenciled.
Step 8: Mask off the glass areas from the front with painter’s tape. Paint the wood frame with two coats of Duck Egg Chalk Paint® using a Chalk Paint® brush. Apply the paint with random strokes and stipple in some areas to create texture.
Step 9: Load and offload a paint brush with Florence Chalk Paint®. Use a dry brush technique to paint over the Duck Egg paint coats. Repeat this step with Pure White Chalk Paint®.
Step 10: Once the frame is dry, apply a coat of Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax. Remove the painter’s tape and attach optional hardware if you wish to hang your work of art. We used two screw eye hooks and tied jute twine between them to hang the frame.
If you want more DIY decor ideas that would look beautiful alongside your “new” reclaimed window, check out these other fabulous stencil ideas on Paint+Pattern:
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