Friday, November 16, 2012

Repurposed window

Happy Friday everyone, I hope you all had a great week & are looking forward to an even better weekend. I know I am. We are having Deer Widows Ladies Night at Collette's Vintage & Antique Mall tomorrow where I have my booth.  I have been super busy getting all stocked up for this event.

A few weeks ago I found a couple of nice roadside treasures in my neighborhood. Four cabinet doors, two were all wood & two had glass panes. I decided to start with the glass doors first. Here is what I started with:

 After a good scrubbing & scraping, I gave it a coat of Black, followed by a coat of Old White. Then I did a wet sand (with a scrubby sponge) & rubbed on a couple of coats of clear wax. Now it was time to decide exactly what to do with this little treasure. There are a 101 things you can do with an old window, just look on Pinterest if you need some inspiration.

I knew I wanted to do one of those cool "Menu" boards, so I went to my favorite graphic site, Graphics Fairy. I printed it out in the Mirror image in the right size & taped it to the front side, turned it over & painted it in with a paint pen.

Graphic taped on the front side.

Here is a picture of the back side.

Then I painted in the Graphic with a paint pen. After the paint was completely dry I took it outside to do the next step.

Frosted Glass Spray Paint. I sprayed right over the graphic on the back side
 of the window.  I gave it four coats, just enough to give it that nice frosted look.  Give it a good 30 min. between coats.

Here it is after about two coats.

 You can see how opaque it gets the more coats you apply.

I let it dry overnight, then put the original knob back on. I love how you are able to see the wall color thru the Frosted glass. Now I have a very cool Dry Erase Board. All the artwork is on the back side so you are able to write on the front side & just wipe it clean.

I always wanted to use this graphic. I just love how it turned out.


I attached a Black Dry Erase Marker on the side with Velcro after I took this picture.  I have one more door just like this one, I think I'll try a different color on that one.

Here is another window I painted using the same Frosted paint.

Table is available at Collette's Antique Mall in Burton, MI

This window sold quickly, but I have another one at Sassy Fabrics (V Trading) in Grand Blanc, MI. Now I need to put some finishing touches on a couple of things for tomorrows sale. Wish me luck!

Have you done a cool window repurpose lately? I'd love to hear about it. Have a great weekend everyone & Have a Happy Thanksgiving!  Dee


  1. Can't wait to try this on some piece of trash or treasure.

  2. Cute! I have a source for old windows and cabinet doors that I need to hit up soon - so many ideas!

  3. Dee--it's such a small world (especially in the blogging world!). I found you a few months ago and have been following you since. Then I saw your comment on my blog, so I guess we're full circle now. :) I was recently nominated for the Liebster Award and as part of that I am nominating you! You can check out the details here: Can't wait to see what you come up with next. :)

  4. Hi, it looks great! Did you use a water-based paint pen? I've never used these before, but I see Michael's has a few different type. Is water-based ok to use for this? Thanks!

  5. this is such a great idea and the perfect window for it!

  6. Hi Dee, I love your painted stuff. You are so talented. Where did you get the paint pen. I would love to have one (or two). I'm just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

    1. Hi Chris, the paint pen I use is a "Permapaque" Marker. It's water-based & comes in alot of colors. I order them online thru Amazon. Thanks for following & I would be happy to follow back. Dee

  7. Love it Dee!!! Your pretty wreath was featured on Collette's facebook page this morning!!!

  8. I am in love with your window transformations! What a great idea! Love the graphics you used, and the frosted glass is the icing on the cake:)

  9. great job on windows. I have a collection of them that I am waiting for time to do. This winter home project.
    Thank you

  10. This is such a great idea! I have a few of those around here myself. Now I have some great ideas of what to do with them. Thanks so much for sharing, will be featuring at my party later today! -K

  11. Dee, I love this idea. I work with a lot of windows and have been wanting to venture out with new ideas. I have half a garage full of different styles of old windows. (compliments of contractors redoing old houses)! I've got one already prepped and waiting for an idea. It's a 30 x 32 one pane.....need to paint the frame and distress but that will just take time..enough time for me to sketch out what I want. We have a H/Lobby here in town. I love it!
    or maybe..
    (a work in progress)

  12. You do love recycling stuff! The way you designed those old things are great. You’re very creative! The lettering are also impressive. I’d like to do some of these if ever we replace our old window.

  13. You’re so resourceful for finding a way to repurpose that old window. I really like your creativity! I’ll definitely try this one on our attic window. Thanks for sharing this wonderful blog!
    - Sol Hendricks

  14. Things do have several purposes, not just one. And I'm rather inspired you've had a wickedly creative use for your window. What about the spot where it used to lay? What plans have you got for that? Maybe you can rock the house down, and do something crazy with it. Put in something different in its place. Repurpose that.

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