Upcycled Antique Window Wall Decor

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I found an old window at a salvage warehouse and thought it would make a good addition to my living room walls. The only problem was it was old, dirty and falling apart.

But I had a plan.

I could see it all spiffed up and shiny new even though it looked like this:

Window Before

I paid $12 for it and asked DH to load it up. He shook his head and took it home for me. See, DH can't envision like I can, so he often wonders how I can make something like this look good enough to use for decor.

Fortunately he's willing to help and has knowledge from past experience that helps me transform a piece.


The old putty was in bad shape so I had to scrape it all off (which was a big job that I spread over a few weeks) and then DH added in the Glazing Push Points using my scraping 7 in one tool to hold in the glass.

scraped mess
scraped window
Window tabs

He rolled up the window glaze into a long snake and applied it, using the scraper to trim off the excess. I then smoothed and trimmed it out so it didn't show on the other side.

smoothing window putty
smoothing window putty2
smoothing window putty4
smoothing window putty3
corner painted window


I didn't prime because I WANTED old stains and flaws to show through. I was preserving the years by just painting right over all the varied colors and bumps and bruises to maintain the antique, worn look.

I used General Finishes Bronze Pearl Effects since it's very glitzy with my little IKEA detail brush. I didn't tape off because I find it easier to just free hand it.

finished window

I hung it in my living room and added a wreath I got on clearance for $3 at Joann Fabrics.

corner painted window3
corner painted window2
Antique Window

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