I’m so excited to get started on my fall mantel. At first I wasn’t certain how I wanted to decorate it. I had a few ideas, but the one consistent decorative piece in all the ideas is a window. An old rustic window to be exact. I’ve seen the old window being used as a decorative piece all over blog land, and I just love all the different ideas out there. Whether being used as is or transformed into something else, I love it! So, I just had to get one for myself! I’ve read how people are getting their windows for free, but unfortunately I had no such luck. No one is throwing away old windows in my part of town. Anytime I did come across a window, it was waaay more than I wanted to spend. For a long time I kept my eye out, and finally that long time came to an end this past spring. Yaay! It wasn’t free, but close enough for me!
There was one problem with the window. It wasn’t the rustic window I had hoped for, but I think I can solve that problem. I would make it rustic myself!
One side of the window was slightly white stained and the other side a deep green. I decided to work with the green side.
I first painted over the green with an avocado colored paint which I created by combining a color called pear with brown. Then I went over that with brown paint. I just used acrylic paint for this project because that’s what I had on hand in the colors I wanted. I really didn’t need much paint to cover the window. Those little $.59 acrylic paint bottles really do go a long way!
After the paint completely dried, with a putty knife I started to scrape off the paint. Once done scraping, I sanded down the bare wood areas.
My window is all done. I had fun making my window rustic! Hehe. Now on to the next fun part… Getting it dressed up for fall!
With the help of my Silhouette, using brown vinyl, I cut out a bare tree, leaves, and the word “falling”. I applied the vinyl on the back side of the window.
Now my window is officially ready for fall!
Hey look… outside the window… I see falling leaves. ;) Where there’s falling leaves, there’s fall!
My window looks so lonely sitting on the mantel with just a vintage milk jug. Sorry milk jug, you are just not enough. :P No worries! Company will be joining it soon… just come back for the next post to see what.
I hope you enjoyed my falling leaves rustic window!