How To Update Old Colored Glass Windows?

Lara Walters
by Lara Walters
The front of my house has a brown glass window which makes the house look very dated. I was thinking of painting over them, or frosting them, to cover this hideous colour to try to bring this in the modern world.

Any ideas or suggestions?

I don't want to replace them completely as a glazier is expensive!
How To Update Brown Window Panels - Base - Front Sunroom
  11 answers
  • Joanie Joanie on Apr 14, 2017

    Sunroom? Where do you live? Maybe they're there for a reason? Good Luck!

  • Blaine Blaine on Apr 14, 2017

    Careful! Some of those glass paint are not waterproof.

  • Dfm Dfm on Apr 14, 2017

    remove glass and replace with clear glass or reed glass if privacy is an issue.

  • Dfm Dfm on Apr 14, 2017

    another thought make wood panels to fit in window space. paint side to street view. use same paint as exterior color.

  • C Crow C Crow on Apr 14, 2017

    Is it possible your windows have a coating on them that makes them appear brown?

  • Bernadette Staal Bernadette Staal on Apr 14, 2017

    I would say the colour glass was put there for privacy - it was once very popular. I would simply plant in front of it so it is no longer visible from the road and on the inside you could be very creative in many ways. Probably the cheapest would be to put a panel over it (so it can be removed at a later date if required). You could also make a seat out of decking timber and make it a boxed seat with internal storage e.g. a lift up lid. The seat could run the distance of the window. You could build a planter box inside and / or add pots of colour.

  • I really like your windows! Is this a west facing window? At one time they did this to cut down on interior fading of furniture, flooring, etc. Window technology has changed a lot since then. I like Hillela's suggestion of painting. I have never done this, but think it would be kinda cool. I say go for it and please post when you complete the project, would love to see what you decided. 👍

  • Patti Snedeker Patti Snedeker on Apr 15, 2017

    Me, I'd save my money and energy and have new double pane windows installed.

  • Ethel Kirkpatrick Ethel Kirkpatrick on Apr 17, 2017

    Why not do a lace stencil on them? It would look fantastic and it doesn't have to be frilly feminine lace either... get some at a fabric store and go online to see how it's done.

  • Lynn Lynn on Apr 18, 2017

    White plastic lattice would soften the brown and add curb appeal. Simple to cut and install (a little silicone around the edges). Then add a couple potted plants in front of them. Total cost would be around $50.