Hey creative friends! Today I’m sharing a re-do of an old project I did years ago (before my blogging days) using an old window for outdoor patio lighting. It’s super cute, and it’s a great way to repurpose old windows while adding some vintage charm to your space. I call it my window chandelier!
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Old Windows – Perfect DIY Outdoor lighting Features
It all started with this old window I found at a flea market. At the time, I had no clue what I would do with it, but hey, it’s a vintage window. So I bought it, and then I flipped it into a cool lighting feature on my covered patio.
To start with, we have lots… I mean, LOTS of flying bugs in Texas, and the ones that cause me the most trouble is dirt daubers. I decided that if I were going to use old windows with the glass intact, I would need to add netting or cover for the back. We had some leftover screening material, so I stapled that to the back to keep my window clean. This step is totally optional.
I used hooks on all four corners and attached decorative chains. This will be how I hang my chandelier window from my patio ceiling. The length of the chain is up to you, and how much you want the lighting fixture to hang down.
Giving Old Windows A Fresh Look
To freshen up this window, I decided to go lighter. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE this vintage green, but my patio ceiling is a bit dark, and you’ll see what I mean later in the post. I painted the window frame with 2 coats of chalk mineral paint (cotton) and allowed it to dry. I didn’t use a topcoat because I wanted that matte vintage look. You can use Gator Hide to Seal the paint, but it’s not necessary.
And I painted it right where it stood! And I may or may not have cleaned the window before painting. 🙂
When I say this was an easy outdoor project, I mean outdoor! To add to the already vintage look, I did not tape off or worry about getting paint on the window panes. That’s just character! This is the way my Grandpa painted. LOL
Adding String Lights To Old Windows
I LOVE everything about this! String lights, old windows, and paint. What could be easier than this project on a sunny Spring day? And, of course, you know the rest. I added string lights and secured them with a stapler being careful not to staple through the cord. I used a 25 ft strand and did 2 laps around my window chandelier for extra lighting.
The next step is to hang them! I had some help in that department because hello… electricity is not my thang. Although I can be “shocking”… well, that’s what Mr. Honey Do would say. 🙂
We ran an extension cord from an outdoor plug under the patio for instant lighting. And my sweet man also hooked them up to a dimmer switch—mood lighting.
Old Windows Make Beautiful Patio Lighting
Isn’t it cute? I love the clean look with the round bulbs. It was the one thing on my back patio no one saw, but they will now! Of course, I could have purchased some fancy-schmancy outdoor lighting, but it wouldn’t be me. THIS is me!
Thanks for joining me today, and I would love nothing better than to hear about your old windows and how you repurposed them. I love sharing with you, but I do get inspiration from others as well.
Until the next project… xo, Do