An Artist’s Inspiration Board from an Old Window
Hey guys, today I’m dishing up a triple dose of posts for you. I’ve been busy, really busy, super busy! And you don’t know the half of it. As you are reading this, I’m on my way home from California. I flew out to surprise my little sister for her birthday. She and her husband are expecting their second child and I wanted to go all “Pretty Handy Girl” on their home ;-D.
First, you can read my tutorial for making this whimsical message center, from a curbside window, over at my friend Sandra’s blog,
Then you can come back here and read about this Artist’s Inspiration board also made from an old window.
Finally, if you like what you see you can head over to Parentables to see an entire post on curbside transformations! You won’t believe some of the before and afters!
Okay, ready? Well, let’s get this show on the road.
- Old divided light windows
- Foam core
- Tin snips
- 3M duct tape
- Chalkboard paint
- Irwin mat knife (or x-acto knife)
- Clear Caulk (window and door sealant)
- fine grit sand paper
- Two colors of paint (gold and medium gray)
- Crackle medium
- Foam double stick tape
- mirrored glass
- tin pots, buckets or recycled cans
- drop cloth bulletin boards from THIS post
Prepping your window:
You will need to clean, prime and paint your window before beginning this tutorial.
Here is what I did during the prep phase: Cleaned the windows (I used a bleach solution because there was mold and mildew present.) I repaired the glazing that was cracked and missing. I used paintable caulk. No need to buy glazing.
Prime the entire window, glass and all! Once the primer has dried, use the sandpaper to gently rough up the primer (especially on the glass. But, be careful not to scratch through to the glass.)
For the beautiful crackle finish on my window, I started by painting the window a metallic gold color.
When the gold had thoroughly dried, I coated the entire window with the crackle medium. Once that had dried, I painted a medium gray on top. That’s when the magic happens. The paint separates and reveals a hint of gold. It is important not to go back over the gray paint after you paint it on or you will get a gloopy mess!
I finished off the painting prep steps by applying two coats of water-based polyurethane.
Measure all the individual window panes. Be sure to measure only the exposed glass.
Transfer your measurements to cut 2 squares of foam core. Make sure your blade is sharp! Dull blades will drag and tear the inner foam.
Next, transfer your measurements to cut two pieces of cork board. Cut the cork board with a ruler and mat knife.
Finally cut two pieces of mirrored glass to fit the remaining two panes (need help cutting glass? Have a professional do it, or watch Sandra’s tutorial HERE.)
You should now have 2 pieces of foam core, 2 pieces of cork board (wrapped in drop cloth as I showed you the other day), and two pieces of mirrored glass.
Dry fit all the cut squares to make sure they will fit in the window openings.
Take the foam core and tin pots outside. Spray them with primer.
When the primer has dried, spray the foam core and buckets with a few coats of chalkboard paint.
To view how to print onto painter’s drop cloth, refer to my tutorial here.
To attach the chalkboard foam core, mirrored glass, and drop cloth squares, you will need clear window and door caulk. Snip the top off at an angle. Insert a straightened coat hanger into the tip to puncture the inner lining of the caulk.
Put a fair amount of caulk onto each glass of the window. (Lazy supervisor in the background!)
Press the individual squares into it. Weight the drop cloth squares (with paint cans) while they dry.
To secure the chalkboard and mirror sections, run a bead of caulk along the edges of the boards.
Use a damp paper towel to smooth and clean up the caulk edging.
Once the caulk has dried, you can affix the tin buckets to the window. Drill holes through the bucket bracket or tin cans.
Attach a screw through the hole and screw it into the window pane.
To add a hanger to your memo center, flip the window over and measure down 3″ on both sides.
Use a drill to drive the screws into the D-ring style hangers.
I made this artist’s board to sell, but honestly I’m having a hard time parting with it. So, it may just find a home in my painting studio (aka Bonus Room). But, maybe you could convince me otherwise. How much would you pay for this one of a kind artist’s board? I keep thinking it is a real life version of Pinterest.
Don’t forget to view more of my curbside transformations.
Hi Brittany(aka P.H.G),
I must say that your basically amazing!!! Love all your ideas, and astonishing techniques you use to arrive at your final product. Plus, you document and photograph (blog) all of these steps, i dont know how you do it. ANYWAYS, i love the distressed look and have too much fun beating up wood w random tools. I admit i needed much help when it comes to paint, so i have been researching like a crazy man. After reading this, i noticed you use a cracking medium. I read by someone, somewhere you can achieve the same look with elmers glue (much cheaper). And it works wonderful, just let glue sit for 5-10 min before applying final coat. Maybe you knew that already and prefer the medium, idk, but i just thought id try and be helpful, since you helped me out sooo much. Thanks again, and don’t stop being awesome!
JZ (out of the woodwork)
Thanks JZ. I have tried the elmer’s glue crackle on other projects. It does work well, doesn’t it! Thanks for the tip.
Nice. Maddie would love that!
I love it! I like how it’s on an easel. Great job!
Ellie, thank you for the compliment. It actually used to be an old ladder! You can see the transformation here: http://bit.ly/92r5Gr
You did an amazing job! I love old windows and am always looking for creative ways to use them. I definitely love your idea! Lesa
Thanks for the inspiration girl! You really gave me the courage to run the fabric through my printer.
These are just greattt! Your so creative!!
This is really cute! Love the addition of those little buckets.
Great job! I have an old window just sitting in the garage. I can make my own! 🙂
ok, it was worth the wait! Beautiful job! I love every pane of it! Susan
Susan, Ha, ha. Glad you put your patience cap on. And glad you liked it.