January 12, 2015

Homemade Decorative Faux Window

Good Morning All!

Hope you had a nice relaxing, cozy weekend at home.

Slowly but surely I'm getting myself back into a groove of working of project to share with you after taking a couple weeks off to recover from the flu.

To get things started, I'd like to share a project I made way back in November but haven't highlighted because Christmas decorations were so much more fun to talk about.

The large wall behind my dinning room table has always been a hard area for me to decorate.  For a while now I've had a shelf centered on the wall and it's worked out nicely but I've always thought it could use something hanging on either side of it to give the whole arrangement a finished look.

After perusing the stores with no luck I figured it was time for a DIY project.



Deciding to try to mimic the look of a salvaged window, I ended up with two of these. . . 



I love how it turned out and the chippy paint job I gave it helps the whole project look old just like I had hoped.



This project took very little time and was easy to accomplish with the help of my trusty Jigsaw.

I'll walk you through the process in just in case you're thinking you'd like to give it a try - - which of course I recommend because it's so easy.

First you'll need a template of some kind.  
I drew out the shape I wanted and then transferred it onto a piece of half inch plywood.  

Below you can see my template, I drew only half of it out which is the best way I know of to make sure both sides are equal.  Once your template it cut out simple trace one side, flip, match the middle, and trace the other side.





The next thing I did was take my Jigsaw and cut along the whole outside of the frame.

Then to begin cutting out the inside sections of the frame I first drilled a pilot hole into each of the three frame sections.  

Once that was done, the Jigsaw blade could be placed inside the area to be cut out.  



Simply following the template I ran the Jigsaw along the frame in each section cutting out the middle pieces.



After all three sections were cut out, the window looked like this.



The final step was to take an electric sander and make sure the whole thing was nice and smooth.

Then it was time to paint and add the chicken wire to the back to add a little more interest.



All in all, a pretty simple project that has a great finished look  I think.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Talk to you soon,

Robin

27 comments:

  1. Wow, the windows are so good, they look really expensive!Thanks for sharing your postxx

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    1. And so simple to make. Glad to hear you like them. hugs, Robin

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    1. oh me too! I love adding it to anything I can.

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  3. I am impressed, Robin! They are beautiful...you did a wonderful job!
    p.s. love the hint for flipping the template over!

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  4. Bummer that you were so sick for so long..
    LOVE,LOVE, LOVE the arch wood pieces!!! You did a wonderful job and I covet them!!!
    warmly,
    deb

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    1. Yeah, it has not been fun that's for sure. But I'm finally feeling better and excited to get some projects done.

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  5. Delightful! You're so smart and talented, Robin.

    Mary

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    1. Aww, your too kind Mary. I'm so happy they turned out so cute.

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  6. Wow, Robin! These are so cool! I just love them and I never would have thought of making something like this myself!

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  7. Robin!!! This is amazing! They look so great on the wall. I always love your projects.
    sending hugs...

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  8. They look great. Good job, girl!!

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  9. That is a great project, Robin. They look like old church windows that you have replaced the glass with chicken wire. You are one smart lady!

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  10. I cannot get over that you made these Robin!!!! Oh my, you are a clever girl. I've never held a jigsaw in my life and would be afraid to. :)
    Hope you're feeling better after the flu. I'm sure January will have you coming up with more clever projects.

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  11. Hi Robin,
    I have had several friends who have this strain of flu and it knocked them down for a couple of weeks and left them with a chronic cough. Glad you are on the mend-don't forget the fluids and lots of rest. Sorry the Mom part of me is coming out.
    Super pretty project-pinning it to My Let's Make It board!
    Jemma

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  12. I'm impressed, Robin! Your windows look fabulous on either side of the shelf...very cute!
    Mary Alice

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  13. They turned out beautiful Robin! Your home is so charming and I always enjoy visiting your blog. I'm recovering from the flu now for the second time this season, it stinks! I'm glad to hear you are feeling better!
    Sally

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    1. I feel for you . . . it seems like I have been sick since the beginning of November. Hope your felling better soon!

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  14. Oh Robin, I can't believe you made this. When I first saw this I was like ummmm I need one.
    Love all your designs and decor, it's been awhile with visits so I have to now go back into your older postings and catch up here.

    See you soon beautiful

    Xx
    Dore

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    1. LOL, I think your right, we all need one. Have a great day. Robin

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  15. That is the cutest project I've seen! Very clever!

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  16. I love it! Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  17. Such a pretty and inspired idea Robin! Happy to feature you at our party this morning. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  18. Wow! Those are gorgeous and I was reading I was thinking, "what she made those!", simply amazing!

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  19. This is just gorgeous, Robin! You're one of the features at the Vintage Inspiration Party at Knick of Time tonight!!!

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  20. Wonderful idea, loving this project! Featuring you tomorrow at WIW. Hope to see you back!Xo

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  21. Oh WOW! You've just answered my prayers, and now I'm left wondering why I didn't think of getting the old windows of my dreams this way??? Thank you SO much for sharing your tutorial, I'll DEFINITELY be making some of these!

    Judi in the UK

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