Old Window Pane Wall Decor

2 Materials
30 Minutes
Today I am going to help you learn to refurbish an old wooden window and write on the glass. I found a window pane that would work at an antique store.

First I sanded it down. Please take necessary safety precautions as many old windows are painted with lead paint.
I taped edges and covered the glass. Then I primed the wood. Learn the full process of how to refurbish an old window here!
Two coats of paint later, it was ready for caulking and new hardware.
Then I wrote on one side of the glass with dry erase marker the phrase I wanted to paint. This ensured I got the spacing I liked.

After I wrote the saying, "Thankful, Grateful, Blessed," I flipped the pane over so that I was painting on the back side of the window. The dry erase words were now backward. I painted over the lines using a temporary window marker.
When I was done, I flipped it to the front and wiped away my dry erase marker lines. So easy!
This window marker can be washed off in the future to change the saying in the window seasonally.
I hope you were inspired to refurbish an old window, write on glass, or make some wall decor for your home. Below is a video tutorial so you can see this process in action and better understand how to make one for yourself!
When hanging on the wall, I love that the letters cast a slight shadow and it looks like fancy lettering.
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Learn the full story behind what inspired this project in my blog post linked below! Also- find out another clever way I used dry erase markers on glass!

Suggested materials:

  • Rust-Oleum Window Marker   (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BCOD5ZK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=welctothewo03-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B00BCOD5ZK&linkId=c9e1dc318c540e2ac3fd4534a430b1e1)
  • Dry Erase Marker   (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00PRYQJ72/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=welctothewo03-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B00PRYQJ72&linkId=6b41b4f277599d271761d916256d5129)

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  • Carol Carol on Sep 01, 2018

    Where did you purchased the joy wreath sign?

  • Sylvia Sams Sylvia Sams on Oct 16, 2018

    Where do you find the "white window marker"?

  • Sarha Weland Sarha Weland on Dec 15, 2018

    whats the life expectecy on that the painted floors, where you don't have to strip and seal it, curious cause I get a lot of traffic in my house and animals,. so I was wondering if it will last for along time,


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