I’ve always loved doors and windows. They are a necessity in a home to protect it and let loved ones in. Old windows are especially interesting to me. Where did they come from, why are they separated from their loving home and who looked through them? Those questions will most likely never be answered.
My mom picked up this window for me from an antique store we pass every time we drive to my grandma’s house in Bethany Beach. I stopped by twice during our Thanksgiving trip and each time they were closed. She was nice enough to lug it home.
It wasn’t exactly what I thought. It’s unbelievably heavy, not made of wood and much to my dismay, was filled with ants! Nothing a little bleach and wood putty can’t fix. Now, what to do with this thing?
I work for a woman named Debbie and she has also been working on a few chalk paint projects. We put our noggins together and decided to spray paint the glass panes with Krylon Looking Glass Paint. This provided a reflective surface on the opposite side.
Next came a coat of Old White Chalk Paint, a thin coat of Dark Wax, another coat of Old White and a final coat of clear wax. It will certainly be a warm window this winter with all of those layers!Debbie finished the final layers and experimented with the dark wax and white paint to get a look she wanted.
Just in time for Christmas, this former ant home found a cozy place above Debbie’s fireplace among garland and stockings hung with care.
It turned out lovely and I know the Dovi family enjoys it! Now I’m on the hunt for an older, more frail, wooden window for another project!