Old Window Themed Art

Our master bathroom had no windows and I wanted something in there that made me feel as though it did and looked pretty to match my floral theme. I like to free hand paint so I bought an old wooden 2 pane glass window which I bought at our local salvage place that recycles, it cost $2.

<p>I repainted the outside of the frame white then I took a Sharpie marker and freehanded on my design (from the back side, all the painting is done on the back side glass. I think it gives it a sharper look in contrast, but the other side or other way is just as pretty too)


I then tacked an old piece of antique white lace to the back as though the curtains were closed. This gives it a pretty backing to see and also makes your painting scene a more pop out look in contrast. I then glued little tiny clay flower pots with silk babies breath, little rose buds, and ivy inside then and glued those to the outside widow seal in one corner.

You can use these old windows in so many ways for this idea. Even if you do not free hand paint, you can use a stencil for your scene and stencil it on with paint and stencil brush or use the rub on designs which come in so many design themes (at Walmart, craft stores or on eBay sells for $1-$4). You can even glue items like the clay pots or any size silk flowers to either side for a realistic 3D look.

I have even taken chicken wire and tacked it to the back side half way up and then filled the space with things that match your theme like shells for a beach scene, little wooden apples for a country scene. You can glue on your old vintage memorabilia you have kept like lace gloves, ticket stubs pearl necklaces, handkerchiefs, old pictures, etc. It's a great way to display them. And you can run fake ivy vine up the sides off the pane for an interesting look as well. Have fun with it and give a room with no window a view your own!

By Julie from TN

September 4, 20080 found this helpful

This is so cute!! I have a small room that really needs a window,,I wonder if it would work with a small nite light behind the frame??

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September 4, 20080 found this helpful

I love what you did, I have wanting an old window for my porch, now I know I have to find one. God Bless

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September 4, 20080 found this helpful

Very, very nice. You are talented.

Have you thought of selling these on eBay?

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September 4, 20080 found this helpful

I don't sell them on ebay due to breakage just fabric items I make. But I do sell them at carft shows in our town when they come or flea markets at times. I have posted other ones on here that I have painted christmas scenes on before and now I'm working on ones for the fall & halloween days ahead. Here are some I did in the peanuts charachters just this last weekend. These are more detailed and take awhile to do to let paints dry and such then I put on like 4 coats of clear spray to protect them. You don't have to limit them to just walls. You can sit them at an entrance way to greet guest for seasonal themes and even outside like putting a light source behind them and letting them be viewed at night from the road or when treaters walk up.Or in front of your fireplace as a pretty look. And I paint on old window shutters to in the same manner for the same uses. I did snoopy & woodstock on that one and a crow on the fall one.

The lady who ask about the light just told me she thought of using the small battery christmas lights in them which I love the idea of. I will be trying that as well, so thanks for that idea! Also you can see the differant looks you get by using each side on the window after just painting on the one side. I like both really. But I always paint a theme on the top of the white side and add more painting scene there, and I clear seal both sides of the glass just so it last for outside use longer. One lady who bought from me a garden scene one was getting it to hang in her outside garden as though it was floating in air. I guess she was going to do that with fishing line to hang it. I had not thought of that use but it too would be pretty. You can find old windows in yard sales or at the recycle centers ours are $2 each any size and it does not matter that the paint is peeling for I feel it adds to the charm of it besides my clear coat spray covers it too. You buy that at walmart for $1 per can clear coat spray in a can. thanks folks :-) I'm no artist I just love to freehand in my own way with what I see. Just thought you all might like to try it and as I say even if you do not paint those rub ons work just as good, just clear spray them real good if its going to be outside. God Bless Julie

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September 4, 20080 found this helpful

here is how the other side looks

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September 9, 20080 found this helpful

So cute and creative! I especially love the "Great Pumpkin" windows!

Unfortunately I can not draw a stick figure :( so mine just wouldn't be the same. You have a God-given talent!

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September 10, 20080 found this helpful

Hi - those area awesome! Thanks for the inspiration. I have some frames I picked up a few years ago to do just that, but haven't got around to it! Did you use special paint made for glass, or regular acrylics? Thanks again!

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September 13, 20080 found this helpful

I use acrylic paints on them. The little bottles sold in walmart or craft stores, made by differant compainies but I like the ones made by apple barrel which sell for 44 cent each. And when the finished window or shutter has dried completely I spray at least 4 coats of clear coat spray on each side. Also works great doing the same technic on mirrors too. If you have an old barn, work shed, ect these look wonderful hanging on the outside just to add intetest to your buildings wall. The shutters are more challenging to paint on beciase of all the slanted sltes but the effect afterwards is very pretty. And you can embelish with things like bows or pinecones in the corner even lights drapped across them. And remember those who do not paint can use rub ons they work well, and still cover them with clear coat when finished. Give it a try, you will be happy with your results. ;-) Julie

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