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. I’ve used a shutter fireplace screen for the last couple of years. 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 of being a junk collector!
Clean The Window
Because the window had been stored in the woodshed, it was pretty dirty and dusty.
I used a hose to knock off the dirt and then a rag to dry it.
Remove hardware and more
Removing the hardware and rope pulls before painting your window is best.
Tip for storing hardware
How often have you misplaced hardware while working on a project? I’ve lost stuff many times. I’ve learned to be more careful with knobs and handles. While working on this easy window project, I wanted to ensure that my hardware wasn’t misplaced.
Scrape or Sand Away Old Paint
Old windows may have layers of old paint. Use caution; use a lead paint test kit if you suspect lead paint.
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 ensure they matched the fireplace window.
Spray Paint Hardware
Due to windy weather, I had to place the hardware in a cardboard box to use the spray paint. I really liked how the original black hardware looked, so 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 makes 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.
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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Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.