Welcome to my window transformation tutorial. I will show you how to take an everyday tossed aside window and turn it into something once again useful and functional.
This is the finished sign. I am a jewelry designer that recreates with vintage elements and was in need of a sign for my business when I do special events. I will be participating in an upcoming event called AA/JMS here in Minnesota next week, with Sue Whitney, aka Junk Market Style owner. I did a post about it here. So when I found this great window at an occasional sale store, I knew I had to have it for this re purposing.
My window in its before state. Loved the 4 slats of glass and thought words when I saw it.
I took extra foam core from another project and cut it into 4 strips to fit inside of the window panes.
At JoAnns' I found the perfect material for this project. Kind of an oatmeal color with flecks of neutrals in it for texture, but yet smooth enough to paint on. Used a 50% off coupon for the fabric and bought extra to also make some jewelry frame boards with the same material.
Tools of choice...paint palette, acryclic black paint, paint brush and stencils of choice.
I taped my stencils together to spell out my words ahead of time with masking tape and than made sure I had them even before starting to paint the letters. I also taped this word down to the material to keep it in place.
It was time consuming, as I've a tendency towards perfectionism sometimes, but well worth the time and effort. I didn't have any over runs of paint under letters, etc., which can happen if one rushes a job such as this.
My sign with just two of the sections completed.
Each of these panels fit in tightly, so they just pop in from the back side. I however chose to carefully tack the individual panels in better with small nails. I also trimmed off the excess material on the edges of the back panels too, which I do not have a photo showing.
Here's the sign hanging in our home, so that I could take a photo of it. I am considering making four more panels with French words or something else that I like and use it in our home like that, in between the special events that I would just normally get to use the busines sign for. Just a thought!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and it maybe gave you some inspiration of what to do with a window you may have laying around the garage or basement.
Here is another window idea I did for our cabin decor with a six pane window.
I'm linking up today with:
Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays at Coastal Charm
Transformation Thursdays at The Shabby Chic Cottage
DIY Day at A Soft Place to Land
White Wednesdays at Faded Charm Cottage
Its so Creative Mondays at Its So Very Cheri