Before and After: An Old Window Turns Into Something Cute

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Old windows are pretty

Old windows are pretty

So I mentioned a couple of days ago that we had an old window from our basement laundry room. Since old windows are another one of my mini obsessions, I knew I would keep it and turn it into something cute.

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Here are a few pictures of the window before:

Old Window Project Before

Old Window Project

The window had a variety of paint on it already: blue, green, and yellow

The window had a variety of paint on it already: blue, green, and yellow

The first thing I did was scrape off the putty that was holding the glass in place. I started with an exacto knife, moved onto an old kitchen knife, then moved onto a chisel and hammer. It was almost impossible to get off. It took forever.

Old Window Project

Removing the putty

Once the first pane of glass was removed, I brought it into my local glass shop and had 3 identically sized mirrors cut. Three mirrors only cost $19.95.
Old Window Project

Removing the first pane of glass

Once I had all three panes of glass removed, I filled a few small holes with wood filler.
Old Window Project

All three panes of glass removed

I then gave the whole window a light sanding with fine-grit (150) sandpaper and an electric sander. I made sure to leave some blue/green paint on so that it would show through when I distressed the window later.

Old Window Project

Lightly sanded and smooth

Next I primed the window with Fresh Start Primer from Benjamin Moore.

Old Window Project

Primed

Once the primer dried I painted the whole window with two coats of white paint. I used some leftover Simply White from my last project.
Old Window Project

Two coats of white paint

Once the paint was dry (I used my hairdryer for help) I once again sanded the whole window with an electric sander and 150-grit sandpaper. I took off quite a bit of paint so that I would see some of the window’s character: the old paint finish and where the hinges were, etc.

Old Window Project 8

Distressed all pretty-like

Next, I placed the mirrors face down into the window openings.
Getting ready to place the mirror in

Getting ready to place the mirror in

I got some of these tiny clips while I was at the local glass shop. The lady at the cash gave them to me for free. People at local stores are nice.
Placing 4 clips on each mirror pane

Placing 4 clips on each mirror pane

I (actually Alex did this part) used a block of wood and a hammer to jam the clips into the wood.
Securing the mirror with clips.

Securing the mirror with clips.

Once the mirrors were in I attached two heavy duty picture hangy things in each corner.
Adding hangy thingies

Adding hangy thingies

For the finishing touch, I purchased five oil-rubbed bronze decorative hooks to add to the bottom of the window. I spaced them out first, marked them, and then pre-drilled some holes.
Marking the spots for the hooks

Marking the spots for the hooks 

I screwed in the hooks by hand with a screwdriver.
Old Window Project
Finally, we hung it up (securely with some big anchors and screws) by the door in the breakfast room.
Old Window Project

Ta-da!

Can you see the blue/green showing through?

Can you see the blue/green showing through?

Can't wait to hang something up there!

Can’t wait to hang something up there!

Oh yes. I like it.

Oh yes. I like it.

My pictures were getting a bit fuzzy by the end since it was getting late in the day when we were finishing up but I was determined to get this project done today. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without Alex’s help since he took an emergency trip back to the hardware store before they closed at 5:00 since I bought two pewter hooks by accident and needed to exchange them.
And here is the final before and after shot:
Old Window Project Before and After

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Old Window Before and After

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