First, a short tutorial on enlarging a pattern. I can't paint freehand. I wanted to do a Fleur-de-lis , but didn't want to try to do it without a pattern. I found an image online using google images. I printed it on card stock, and cut it out.
In this photo, you can see that I have the negative image suspended on a yardstick. I dug in the basement and found my mom's old movie projector. I set it on a table and used the projection to display the image on the wall. I didn't have any poster board, so I repurposed a large gift box as a stencil. I simply traced the image and cut it out.
I placed the cut out image on my window, taped around it and put some newspaper around it.
I spray painted the stencil and got this sort of lopsided Fleur-de-lis. 🙂 I touched up the original stencil and painted it again. I wanted to add a word at the bottom, and I decided to do Bienvenue. (welcome)
And THIS my friends is what happens when you spray paint outdoors on a windy day! I spray paint in an old carport where there is no wind. But being my impatient self, I set the window up against the garage so that it would dry quicker. I received a phone call and had to dash off to run an errand.
This is what I found when I got home! A VERY shattered and broken window! I was very, very sad! I worked oh so hard on this project. I did learn a lot about making a stencil, and cutting out the word, etc. The part that makes me the saddest is, this is the only window I had like this. (no divided panes) It was perfectly chippy too! All I can say is, I think I see a chalkboard in my future.
edited to add—you can see what I did with this window in my post Chicken Wire Memo Center
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.