Because I'm out of commission for awhile with a bad wrist, I'm revisiting a repurposed window project. I hope it inspires you to do your own repurposed window project.
I recently finished (redid) a project that I started over a year ago. It had been hanging around my garage for way too long!
Easy Repurposed Window Project
Who knows where I got this window. It was old and dirty. I love the phrase “home sweet home” so I wanted to do that phrase, but I didn’t have a Silhouette or a Cricut.
Dismantle Reclaimed Window Hardware
I removed the window hardware. Sorry, I do not know the technical terms of what I removed. That metal flashing at the top was removed using channel locks.
TIP: Never throw away old window parts and components. It is okay to toss out the flashing, etc.
I also removed the metal parts on either side of the window. Your window may have an inset with ropes and or weights of some sort.
Tape Mirrored Image to Back of Window
After designing the phrase, I printed it with the "mirror" option and taped it to the underneath side of the window.
Because I don’t have pictures of the next step, I'll try to explain what I did. Using a paint pen, I traced the letters, then sort of colored them in. This is a good option if you don't have access to a vinyl transfer.
However, nowadays, you can pick up phrases at craft stores, or even the dollar stores.
Use Paint Pen to Trace Phrase
It didn’t look half bad, but I wasn’t all that pleased with it so I set it aside for over a year. Do you do that with projects?
Welcome to The Woods has an awesome tutorial for writing on windows.
Plan B - Add Vinyl Phrase to Repurposed Window Project
Fast forward a year, a summer that is too hot to be doing any outdoor projects. I gathered a couple of long lost projects and brought them into the house. This repurposed window project was up first.
With some warm soapy water and a razor blade, I scraped of the black paint pen “home sweet home”.
The window was white (ish) on one side and a dark gray on the other side. I would be using the white side of the window.
Layered Paint Technique
Using some Scotch Blue Painter’s tape to tape off the glass, I painted the window with a gray paint. I wanted it weathered, but not totally crackled.
I brushed on some Deco ART Weathered Wood in random spots on the repurposed window project. After it dried, I put some of Martha’s "Heavy Cream” on the window, but that was too stark. I added some more gray over the Heavy Cream. Layering new coats of paint is a great way to make a repurposed window look perfectly aged!
Home Sweet Home Repurposed Window Project
See all those layers of paint? You could easily achieve this with a newer window you have in your stash. So, I finally got a Silhouette machine and used it to cut my favorite phrase, Home Sweet Home.
How cute! I found this cute wooden flag at a peddler’s mall. Who knew the original hardware would come in so handy to hang this small americana flag? You could easily switch out the flag for a wreath, or any holiday decoration.
Do YOU have a favorite phrase? One that you are always drawn to when you’re looking at signs?
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.