Repurposing vintage windows is a specialty of mine. I absolutely love to reuse them in the interior of a house to add interest and character. I have gotten so many fun vintage windows, most for free too. This tri-panel window was one of those freebies!
We were driving around the countryside, and saw that exciting ‘FREE’ sign with a pile of old furniture pieces by the end of someone’s driveway. Are you one of those that just has to stop and see if there are any treasures to be had? Or are you the type to scurry away for fear of cooties?! I’m very solidly planted in the former of those two choices. I have no shame in getting a treasure for free!!
The funny thing about this vintage window is that the first time around, I passed it up. We grabbed some other fun items like a couple old oars and a watering can. It wasn’t until about half way home that a vision for window suddenly struck me and I asked my husband to turn around for it.
After a quick cleaning, I grabbed some white acrylic paint and a stencil of a fern leaf.
I wanted the finished look of this window to maintain the vintage feel with a fresh simple look,
To stencil on the glass, after barely dabbing the brush in a little tiny bit of paint, I wiped nearly all of it off on the paper towel before actually stenciling. I seriously used less than a teaspoon of paint for this entire project!
I found that to brush gently from the edge of the leaf towards the center helped the paint not ooze behind the stencil.
This was a super simple, very forgiving stenciling project.
Stenciling on glass with acrylic paint is easy, but it’s not permanent… As soon as it gets scratched or wet, it’s gone.
This actually was totally fine with me for this project. Once it was hung up, it will be out of reach so should last a good long time.
Plus, where some of the paint seeped under the first stencil, I could easily scratch the excess away with a toothpick once the paint was dry.
After the paint was dry, (which was less than 15 minutes) I screwed in a couple screw eyes on the top of the window frame and in the porch ceiling.
It offers a subtle division between the seating area of the porch and the doorway.
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