This easy window project will decorate your fireplace when it’s not in use. I updated the facade of my fireplace many years ago. It’s no longer a working fireplace, but I’m okay with that. I recently shared some spindle candlesticks for my fireplace. For the last couple of years, I’ve used a shutter fireplace screen. After seeing a pretty fireplace screen from my friend Diane (In My Own Style) on pinterest, I knew it was time for a change.
Easy Window Project
It just so happened that I had everything I needed on hand.
Supplies for Fireplace Window
First, I went to the window department in the wood shed. My fireplace box is really, really large. It measures about 32 x 36. I didn’t have a window that large, so I chose the best suited size I had on hand.
What you will need to make this easy window project:
- Small wooden brackets (4)
- Painter’s Caulk
- Spray Paint
Luckily, I had all of this on hand. It’s one of the perks for being a junk collector!
Clean The Window
Because the window had been stored in the wood shed, it was pretty dirty and dusty.
I used a hose to knock off the dirt, then a rag to dry it.
Remove hardware and more
It’s best to remove the hardware and rope pulls before painting your window.
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Tip for storing hardware
How many times have you misplaced hardware and such while working on a project? I’m lost stuff many times. I’ve learned to be more careful with knobs, handles and such. While I was working on this easy window project I wanted to make sure that my hardware didn’t get misplaced.
Scrape or Sand Away old Paint
Old windows may have layers of old paint. Use caution, if you suspect lead paint, use a lead paint test kit.
Here’s a sneak peek into my kitchen island. It doesn’t hold the regular cooking utensils, but all the tools I need for a quick project done in the kitchen. It’s been too hot to work outdoors.
Paint Easy Window Project
Old windows are notorious for having less than perfect glazing. To make it less noticeable, I chose to paint onto the glass. I chose a nice Purdy paint brush for the job.
Small Wooden Brackets
I got a great deal on these wooden brackets before Vendors’ closed. I’ve been waiting for the perfect project! They were already white, but I gave them a fresh coat to make sure they matched the window for the fireplace.
Spray Paint Hardware
Due to some windy weather, I had to place the hardware in a cardboard box in order to use the spray paint. I really liked how the original black hardware looked, I decided to stay with the contrasting black.
Scrape Paint from Window Project Glass
A razor blade made scraping the new paint off the window pane a breeze. I only painted the front side of the window. The glazing wasn’t worth disturbing.
Painter’s Caulk Improves Look of Window Pane
After scraping the paint off the window, the old glazing was showing through the back. I used a small bead of painter’s caulk in the joint where the window meets the trim.
Install/Adjust Wooden Brackets
The small wooden brackets were easily installed. I like that these brackets are adjustable. More about that later. Diane chose to install her brackets a little differently. I found that the way the screws are installed on the window frame make the brackets adjustable. The four brackets were installed identically, but then when I placed the window into the fireplace, it was off kilter. Therefore I had to adjust the front brackets.
Let’s see if I can explain it. The length the screw travels in the little track is dependent on how much the screws stick out from the window.
Notice how the front brackets extend a little past the window frame. I suppose I could have raised the back braces instead of lowering the front ones.
Easy Window Project as a Fireplace Screen
So, it’s not really a fireplace screen, but more of a decorative option when your fireplace isn’t operational or in use. I’m so happy with how it turned out.
Won’t you share it on Pinterest with your friends?
Do you have windows in your stash? As you saw in the picture, I still have a lot to use for more projects!
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I just went to my local Peddlers Mall and found one (it was really dirty and dusty) for $6.99 plus tax. My only thoughts now is to clean it up and paint it to stick on my wall for my kids pictures.
Awesome price for an old window. I just had a friend pick up two for me locally for $5 each. They are taller and more narrow. I thought they would be perfect for a cabinet. That's the good thing about old windows, so many shapes and sizes!
Enjoy working on your new project!
jane e willis-scott (Beth)
I truly love this. My problem is that I do not have a shed full of windows. I've gone to several junk/antique stores and they want way too much money for them. Any ideas? Please don't tell me to make one. This project would be a challenge to me with a window already made!!
Thanks for stopping by and asking such a great question! I always suggest that my friends ask THEIR friends. If you're on facebook, write a post update asking friends and family if someone has a window or knows anyone who does. Many people have this stuff laying around and don't know how to get rid of it. If you ask online and in real life, I bet someone can put their hands on a window for you. Now, it might not be the right size, but you will at least have a window to make a project. Maybe one of these projects will inspire you . . . https://www.myrepurposedlife.com/13-repurposed-window-projects-bakers/
good luck, keep me posted!
I love me a vintage window upcycle! And this is a lovely idea! Just popped over from Marie's site! Thanks for co-hosting Talk of the Town! Looking forward to seeing you soon!
I appreciate your visit! So many windows, so little time! 🙂
vickie l obrien
I love this idea - and I have exactly the window to use just need to find the brackets --- thank you!
I'm thrilled that you are inspired to make this project Vickie. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment!
have fun with your project,
I love this idea. And the spindle candle holders are great. Since vendors went out of business you haven’t done much furniture. What are you bringing to the shows you sell at, or are you no longer doing them?
I am happy that you’re enjoying camping, your home and yard.
I only do one show a year, and it looks like I won't be doing it this year. That's why I'm not doing a lot of furniture at the moment. I do still HAVE a lot of projects waiting, so when it cools down I'll be back at it. 🙂