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Before we were married, it was easy to surprise Whitney with handmade gifts for birthdays, anniversaries and special occasions. I could hide whatever it was that I was working on without worrying about her finding it and I had the time to work on these little projects. Sorry to say, it’s been a long time since I’ve attempted to make anything besides breakfast for her in a long time.
I was determined to change that this Christmas and create something special for her that she could actually use. I found this antique six pane window at a thrift store and instantly knew I had to give it some life.
antique-6-six-pane-paned-window-white-project-woodEvery time Whitney runs across an old stained glass window while walking through the musky halls of an antique store, she has to stop and examine it. I figured, with this old window, I could recreate something much like what she loves so much to stop and analyze. It may not be the real deal, but it would be from the heart. And, if I played my cards just right, I could not only create a nifty piece of art for the wall but make something useful for the house as well.
After walking proudly to the resister with the window in hand, I endured multiple criticisms about the quality of my choice in merchandise.
“You sure that’s gonna fit?”
“How much calk do you have at home–‘cuz you’re gonna need it!”
“You know that window is missing a pane or two, right?”
“But are you sure that’s gonna fit!?”
I continued to hold my head high in spite of the peanut gallery, handed the cashier my money with a smile, and walked out the door dreaming of the unlimited possibilities that lay ahead of me.
When I got home, I began removing each pane of glass carefully by cutting back the thick layers of paint and caulk that the glass had collected from over the years with a utility knife.
Fortunately, I had some help with this process.
cute_dog_puppie_helps_diy_projectOnce they were removed, I lightly sanded down the frame of the window to detach any chipping paint.
old_antique_window_after_sanding_down_old_paintThe beauty is truly in the little imperfections.
IMG_8891 IMG_8886 IMG_8974I wanted to make the window a useful addition to our studio, so I decided to add a chalkboard to one pane and a cork board to another. Fortunately, we had a piece of chalkboard that we had removed from a frame we purchased for Zoey’s room. I cut it down to 10×14–the size of one window pane. I bought a piece of cork board from Hobby Lobby and did the same with it. The hard part of the project, I knew, was going to be recreating the stained glass windows that Whitney loved so much.
I drew up an antique-inspired 10×14 design on card stock and taped it to the back of two of the glass panes I had removed from the window frame. Using glass paint and Readi-Lead strips, I slowly created faux stained glass to put in the window frame.

IMG_8980 IMG_8991 IMG_9009 IMG_9031Once the paint had dried, I used glazier points on the back of the window frame to attach the “stained” glass, chalkboard and cork board.

IMG_8944IMG_8961 IMG_8966I decided that I wanted to add a shelf to the window frame to help with desk space in the studio. All I could find was a leftover piece of fencing I had laying around, so I cut it to the same width as the window frame.IMG_8910I wanted it to match as closely as a could, and fortunately I still had some paint from this project which I used to give the piece of fencing a skim coat.IMG_8939Once it was dry, I painted over it with a glossy white paint that I bought for the baseboard in our house. I let the board sit for a day to make sure it was completely dry, and then I sanded and distressed the board to give it a worn look to compliment the window frame.
IMG_9091 IMG_9063 IMG_9063_2When that was complete, it was time to attach it to the bottom of the frame. I ran a tiny bead of gorilla glue along the back and secured it with screws.IMG_9084 IMG_9084_2The only thing that was left was to sign it!IMG_9098dig-antique-window-faux-stained-glass-projectHave you ever felt crafty at Christmas? What handmade gifts have you made for others? We’d love to know, tell us about them!

P&W Photography are Phil & Whitney Mayhew, a husband/wife team located in Nebraska & documenting the good life throughout the Midwest. P&W Photography are non-traditional, storytelling photographers who specialize in lifestyle & documentary-inspired photography, making it their goal to capture authentic moments & genuine emotions. They are always eager to travel to new places & meet new people. Phil enjoys tacos & cheeseburgers. Probably too much. Also pizza. He loves listening to vinyl records & walking the cobblestone streets of Charleston. Above all, he is grateful for undeserved Love. Whitney is fueled by fashion & essential oils. She's a Southern Belle with the sweetest accent this side of the Mississippi. She loves vintage jewelry & cannot bear the thought of passing a farmers market without stopping. ​Phil & Whitney are parents to two incredible little girls & a sweet Morkie pup. They recently fulfilled their dream of restoring an old, historic building & their love of antiques will likely lead to their television debut on A&E's Hoarders.

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