Maven TV: How to turn an old window into illuminated art.
I have a thing about windows. Especially barn sash windows, one of which just happened to be lying around. It was too good not to turn into something, so MWT and I kicked around some ideas and came up with a wall art/light fixture idea and went to work.
What we used:
- an old barn sash window
- scrap 1″ x 3″ pine
- a piece of handy board
- frosted glass spray
- Contact paper
- scissor and paper punch
- LED light strip
- table saw, screws, drill, nails hammer, etc.
What we did:
To see the entire project, watch the video below. For a written play by play, continue reading.
First, using the 1″ x 3″ we made a simple box frame, which we attached to the inside of the window.
Then I painted the entire front and sides of the window with a couple of coats of latex enamel.
Next, I made flower stickers out of the Contact paper, using a scissors to cut stems and a paper punch to make flowers. I stuck the stickers onto the inside bottom of the window’s panes.
I sprayed the panes inside with the frosting spray.
After the frosting spray was dry, I carefully removed the Contact paper.
Then I installed a cool burning LED light strip to the inside bottom of the window. We also drilled a hole at the bottom of the window through which to feed the LED’s power cord.
I chose to add a back to my window/light fixture/wall art as the contrast between my wall color and the frosted glass wasn’t great enough to make the Contact paper cutouts really ‘pop’. For the back, I used a thin piece of handy board, cut to size and painted a rich chocolate brown. Note: for safety’s sake, don’t let your light run all night long; it would be best to plug it into a timer.
After attaching the back to the window and installing a hanger, my window/light fixture/wall art was complete!