By Katie Winn
Day after day, I drove past a lonely, side-of-the-road store that sells old windows. I wondered what I could do with one after seeing so many different ideas on Pinterest.
While we were in the midst of looking at about a thousand houses before we chose our home. I came across a cute house with an acrylic painted, floral designed, repurposed window. It inspired me to finally pick out one for myself.
First, I cleaned the wood frames to prep them for painting. I used “Krud Kutter-Gloss Off” from Sherwin Williams. This amazing product can be used to prep for several different painting projects. I like it, because it doesn’t have harmful vapors, and is supposedly what they use in Elementary schools to repaint things. You don’t even have to sand some things when you use Gloss Off. My windows were a little moldy looking in some areas, so I wanted to repaint the frames, but give them an antiqued look. I went with crackle paint.
All you have to do to use the crackle medium is to paint a base color, slather on a heavy coat of crackle medium (if you want it to really “crackle”), then paint a final contrasting paint color (so that the base color will show through the cracks). When you apply the crackle medium, you have to work fast, because it dries very quickly. If you go over the already drying crackle coat, it will peel off and won’t crack.
Something really great about painting on glass with acrylic paint is that you can use a razor blade to easily scrape off any mistakes. I did a sloppy paint job, because I knew it would be harder to be careful painting, than it would to scrape off the mistakes later.
Next, you can just go crazy painting whatever design you like. Don’t forget about the razor blade! It’s like an eraser and detail tool. I used it to form little details in these dogwood flower petals. My favorite thing about these paintings is that they look beautiful hanging in a window with the sunlight shining through. There are so many fun projects that you can do with old windows. Another idea is to remove the glass and hang little candle holders in each pane. I would also like to try using one to frame up some family photos.