Completed window in the How to Repurpose Old Windows as Wall Decor project.

Hey there, creative souls! Are you ready to add a touch of charm and uniqueness to your home decor? Well, I’ve got just the thing for you. In today’s blog post, I’m going to show you how to repurpose old windows as wall decor. Yep, you heard me right! Those old, dusty windows can actually become stunning pieces of art that will make your walls come alive. To do this, we’re going to be using a Decor Transfer called “Midnight Garden.” This old window project has been one of my most popular creations, initially done on a mirror, but this time, we’re going to bring that beauty to an old window. Let’s get started!

Materials Used to Repurpose Old Windows as Wall Decor

Some of the product links below are my affiliate links, from which, I may earn a commission on qualified purchases; however, there is no extra cost to you should you buy any of the products.

Step-by-Step Instructions to Repurpose Old Windows as Wall Decor

Step 1: Prep to Repurpose Old Windows as Wall Decor

The first step to repurpose old windows as wall decor is to prepare the window. Make sure your window is clean and free from any dust or debris. I generally use alcohol for the glass sections and Simple Green for the frame. We’ll be painting the window frame with DIY clay-based paint. This paint is fantastic because it’s all-natural, has no smell, and covers almost anything without the need for priming. However, if the paint on your wood frame is flaking or peeling, you might want to sand that off to have a smooth surface. If you prefer the rustic or farmhouse look, then there’s really no need to paint. I usually just take my orbital sander and give the frame a quick sanding before painting.

Tip: If you’re not sure about how your paint will adhere, and you want it to look good for years, you might consider priming the frame before painting.

For More Tips on Prepping Surfaces before Painting, grab my free guide below:

Get my how to guide

    We respect your privacy. Unsubscribe at anytime.

    Step 2: Painting the Window Frame

    Start your window decor by applying the first coat of paint to the window frame. DIY paint dries to a lighter shade, but we’ll bring back its vibrant color later with a clear wax. If you have a heat tool, you can use it to speed up the drying process, but it’s not necessary. Once the first coat is dry, apply a second coat and let it dry thoroughly. The second coat ensures a rich, even color.

    Just in case you learn better visually, scroll on down and get all the instructions in my Video Tutorial.

    Step 3: Apply the Transfer to Old Windows as Wall Decor

    CENTER THE DESIGN:

    Now, let’s talk about the star of our Old Window project: the Midnight Garden transfer. This transfer comes in four sheets that fit together to create one stunning scene. Each sheet needs to be carefully aligned to ensure the image looks cohesive.

    Laying out transfer sheets to center on window in the how to repurpose old windows as wall decor project.

    – CUT TO FIT:

    Begin by cutting and aligning the transfer sheets to fit your window. Since the sheets didn’t fit my window exactly, the goal was to avoid having a clean edge on one side and a cut edge on the other side, so I cut both sides a bit. Even if you lose a small part of the design, it’s better to have a more natural, centered look. I laid the pieces down on the window to see where I should cut on each side in order that the design would be centered on the window.

    – APPLY FIRST TRANSFER SHEET:

    Peel the backing off a small section of the first transfer sheet and position it on the window. I started with the sheet for the bottom left. Work slowly, peeling back the white backing as you go, and use your hands to ensure it’s laying down flat. Once that transfer is down flat, hold up one corner and use the plastic rubbing stick to start transferring the image to the glass. Once its all transferred on, gently burnish it making sure all pieces of the design are down flat. Burnishing is just rubbing it all over. Most people use the sheet that the transfer was on; I usually just do this with my hand.

    Tip: If any part of the design doesn’t transfer properly, simply lay it down again and rub the area with the rubbing stick until it transfers to your surface.

    For more DIY tips and ideas, read IOD Transfers: How to Use Them Over Chalk Paint.

    – APPLY REMAINING TRANSFER SHEETS:

    It’s important to ensure that the designs of each sheet blend seamlessly with the next to create a unified image. Each sheet fits together like a puzzle so take your time and piece the images together. Once the second sheet is down, again use the rubbing stick to transfer the image onto the glass. Repeat this process for the third and fourth sheets.

    Piecing top transfer sheet to bottom transfer sheet when repurposing old window as wall decor.
    Piecing Top piece with bottom piece

    Step 4: Sealing the Paint on Old Windows as Wall Decor

    Once all your transfer images are in place, it’s time to seal the paint on the frame. You have a few options when it comes to sealing paint. Any type of sealer will bring back the rich, vibrant color of the DIY paint. Simply brush the wax over the painted areas with a chip brush. The wax not only enhances the color but also protects the paint.

    Let the wax dry overnight. After it’s dry, buff it with a soft rag or a cut-up t-shirt to bring out a nice sheen. The more you buff, the shinier the finish will be.

    To learn more about the options for sealing this project, grab my free comprehensive guide to protecting your chalk painted projects.

    Grab my guide to know when and how to seal chalk paint!

      We respect your privacy. Unsubscribe at anytime.

      Step 5: Adding Decorative Touches to Old Window Projects

      This step is optional but so fun if you want to add some extra flair. I like to use additional transfers to add small decorative elements to the window.

      Cut out the extra transfers and apply them just like you did with the main transfer. For instance, I cut out a butterfly and a bumblebee from another transfer set to bring out some of the other colors in the design. Position them where they complement the main scene, peel back the backing, and use the rubbing stick to adhere the image to the glass.

      Note: You could also paint the back of the glass with white paint to give it a more opaque look.

      If you learn better visually, here’s all the details in my Youtube video:

      Step 6: Maintenance on Old Windows as Wall Decor

      Now that your project to repurpose old windows as wall decor is complete, let’s talk about a few final touches and maintenance tips to keep it looking beautiful.

      • Avoid Cleaning with Liquid Cleaners: Do not use Windex or any other liquid cleaner on the transfer. Instead, use a dry dust cloth to clean the glass. This will help preserve the transfer and prevent it from lifting or peeling.
      • Avoid Direct Sunlight: Don’t hang the window where it will be exposed to direct sunlight, as the transfer is not UV protected and may fade over time.
      • Buffing the Wax: After the initial buffing, you can periodically buff the wax to maintain its sheen. This will keep the paint looking fresh and vibrant.

      Q&As for Old Window Projects:

      Q: Where can I find old windows?

      A: The best places to find old windows are at antique shops, thrift stores, Facebook Marketplace, and garage sales. Most people are just looking to give them away or sell at a low price.

      Q: How can I hang the window decor on a wall?

      A: I like to use Sawtooth Picture Hangers to hang my windows on a wall. They easily hammer into the wood frame. If hanging from the top, I would use heavy duty Eye Screws.

      Q: How can I seal the transfer on the window?

      A: Typically, transfers need to be sealed with a water-based clear topcoat; however, on glass that’s not recommended. You can, however, add epoxy resin to glass surfaces. Adding epoxy resin is a game changer for sure! Here’s a window I added epoxy resin to!

      Q: Can I apply the transfer to a different surface?

      A: Yes! Transfers work beautifully on various surfaces like mirrors, painted wood, and even furniture. Just ensure a painted surface is totally dry and sealed for the best results. Check out this blog post for more tips on using transfers!

      Q: Can I paint on the glass?

      A: Yes! Depending on the type of paint you use. Most chalk type paints, such as DIY paints, work great on glass. For a more opaque look, you can paint the glass on the backside of your window with a white color.

      Q: How do I clean the window once the transfer is applied?

      A: Use a dry dust cloth to spot clean the transfer. Avoid using any liquid cleaners as they can cause the transfer to lift or peel.

      Now, let’s take a look at our finished project. The Midnight Garden transfer, combined with the Gypsy Green paint and clear wax, creates a stunning, vibrant piece of art. It’s perfect for adding a touch of beauty to any room, indoors or out!

      Here are a few tips to keep your transfer looking great:

      • Use a dry dust cloth to clean the transfer.
      • Avoid direct sunlight to prevent fading.
      • Periodically buff the wax to maintain the sheen and color of the paint.

      More DIY Ideas for Old Window Frames

      For OLD WINDOW IDEAS with Decoupage papers, check out my project Reverse Decoupage on Glass!

      Well that was super fun! Old Windows as Wall Decor is not only beautiful, but also incredibly satisfying to complete. The Midnight Garden transfer transformed a simple window into a work of art. Using transfers are a great way to repurpose old windows and add a unique touch to your home decor.

      I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and feel inspired to try it yourself. If you do, please share your Old Window Ideas with us! For more DIY projects and tutorials, be sure to join my creative community and follow me on social media for updates and new ideas:

      Join my VIP community and never miss a project! Plus get exclusive discounts in my online Shop!

        We respect your privacy. Unsubscribe at anytime.

        Facebook

        Pinterest

        Happy window repurposing! Until next time!

        Joanie

        Similar Posts

        Leave a Reply and let me know what you think!