Although I haven't been posting, I have been following some great blogs. One of my favorites is Cozy.Cottage.Cute. I absolutely LOVE everything that girl does. She has a fondness for old windows, too. She put up this great tutorial for how to finish a window. She put mirrors in hers, which is a good idea too, but I didn't want mine to be too heavy. Check her blog out.
A few months ago, I found a great old window at a garage sale for about $5.00. I've always loved the look of an old window finished just right, but have never loved the price that comes along with them. $100? For a crusty old window? I just couldn't justify it, no matter how great it looked in my home. After Sarah put up her tutorial, I knew just what I would do.
The $5.00 window I found looked like this.
It was in (mostly) great shape. The glass had little paint splatters on it, and no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't get them off, or get all the grime off the glass. I decided the glass needed to come out. As I was taking the glass out, one of the inside window bar things (yes, that's a technical term) fell out. I used some 'No More Nails' to hold that in place, and, voila, it was good to go!
Next, I primed the whole window with 'Exterminator'.
I didn't sand before I primed, because I wanted the window to have lots of texture when I was finished.
After priming the window, I
im-patiently waited for it to dry. Next came painting. I chose the cheapest white I could find at Benjamin Moore.
I waited... again... for paint to dry.
When it was dry, I took some sandpaper and sanded the crap out of it. I did the edges first, just to give it a natural weathered look. Then, I sanded the flat pieces lightly, just so the wood would show through a little.
Final result didn't show up as well as I'd hoped in pictures, but here's a couple shots. I think I'm in love!
My dear husband is not a huge fan of the whole 'paint something white and sand it all off to make it look old' thing, and he thinks I should re-paint this window dark, DARK navy blue or charcoal and try it again. What do you all think?