Last weekend a neighboring town had a city-wide garage sale, and I nabbed a few old windows for a deal. Immediately I knew I wanted to put the biggest one right over our porch swing. I thought it would block some rain and wind and would really frame that end of the porch, which it does perfectly!
The new color was fabulous, but I thought this window needed just a little something extra. This was the time consuming part. I pulled out the Silhouette and cut out a beautiful “birds on a line” stencil from contact paper and used this tutorial from Make it and Love It with my Glass Etching Cream. I’d been wanting to use this cream for months, but just hadn’t found the right project yet. This was just the ticket.
Applying the contact paper was definitely the hardest part. The pieces kept sticking to one another, then I couldn’t get them lined up right… It took awhile, but I finally figured it out!
The tutorial linked above suggested leaving the cream on the glass for about 10 minutes, but I actually found that was too little for this project. I ended up wiping it off, then putting more cream back on for another 5 minutes or so.
Tony was a dear and put the hooks on the window and on the porch trim for me, so by the time I returned home from book club, the whole thing was done! I’m loving it, and I can’t wait to make over one of the other windows… I think a little yellow, window coffee table would be a good project… one to go just in front of the swing perhaps?
PS: In case you’re thinking of making your own porch swing window, I did coat this a couple times with a clear, oil-based shellac that is meant for outdoor projects. I know the window was exposed to the elements for years when it was in someone’s house, but I went ahead and put the extra layers of protection on the wood anyway.
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