Antique Window – How to Refinish to create an Original Decorative Item


Have you ever wondered how to refinish an antique window to use as decor in your house?  Here’s how I did.
Even before the kitchen renovations started, my head was full of decorating ideas.
On the wall above the island, I dreamed of having shelves.  Since I love the originality as well as the process of refinishing, I wanted to revamp the old hutch from our dresser.
However, the installation of a pocket door weakened this wall, so it was no longer possible to install the heavy hutch. For a few months, I was looking for an original item that would lend a lightness to the dark kitchen.
Then, while rummaging through our treasures, my husband had the brilliant idea of ​​salvaging an antique window from our century-old house and adding a shelf to it.

How to add a Shelf to the Antique Window

To avoid weighing down the window, he opted for basswood, which is a very light wood.
Then, he gave it an aged wood look by using different tools.
Finally, we chose planter supports to attach it to the window.

Preparing the Antique Window

First, I removed the old peeling paint with a stiff brush.
Then, I dusted it off really well using an air compressor removing the dirt accumulated in all the crevices.
Once the painter’s tape was applied, I was ready to start painting.

Painting the Antique Window Frame

Afterwards, I used a small amount of the Cotton Ball colour diluted with a little water to thin it out (I always prefer to work small amounts at a time to not waste the paint).
Using the #10 oval brush, I applied the paint lightly and randomly in order to reveal the grayish natural wood of the window frame.
When I was finished painting, I used a damp cloth and wiped some of the paint away in some areas until I got the desired worn effect.
After the paint was completely dry, I sanded lightly with my sanding blocks to give it a worn effect .
Too much wear … no problem, add more paint!



Painting the Shelf

Before painting the shelf, I brushed it gently with a steel brush. I sprayed a little water in some areas to bring out the grain of the wood and accentuate the aged effect.
Next, to achieve the natural grayish colour of the window, I applied one coat, Tractor Dust, all over using the #10 Oval Brush.
Before the paint dried completely, I sprayed some more water and applied a coat of the colour Cotton Ball horizontally, and then blended the two colors using my paintbrush.
Using a damp cloth I wiped in a few places to bring out the grey.

Applying the Stencil

In addition, on the back of the window, I applied the stencil and taped it very well using the painter’s tape.  At a distance of about 12 inches, I sprayed the black spray paint, taking care to spray lightly to avoid the paint from running.

The Final Step

Finally, using the XL round wax brush, I applied the Natural Beeswax to all the surfaces and polished it using a rag (an old t-shirt).

The Final Window

I’m really proud of my husband’s brilliant idea to refinish an antique window! The window is a wonderful focal point and gives my kitchen that WOW factor.
I love styling it with the seasons. It always looks beautiful.
Refinishing and Colorantic, the perfect combination for personalized original decor ideas.

Diane Lavoie


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Diane Lavoie

Married for almost 45 years, mother of two children and grandmother of two grand-daughters, I am now retired. Native of Delson, in Montérégie, my little family and I made the big move 29 years ago to come and settle near Mont-Laurier in the Hautes-Laurentides. Our dream being to restore an old house, we acquired a house built in 1906 and it was on June 21, 1992 that this great adventure began. I love decor and love originality, seven years ago I discovered a passion for the revaluation of furniture and various salvage items. Now that the house has been fully restored, I have great pleasure in personalizing it exclusively and at a low price.


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