Pinterest Challenge Project – Antiqued Window

Here’s what I’m feeling….excited, relieved, flattered beyond belief, and a little disappointment.  It all has to do with the fact that the Pinterest Challenge is back.

Excited because it’s reveal day and I can’t wait to see what you all have come up with.  Relieved because I got something done that needed to get checked off my to-do list.  Flattered because three of the most gorgeous girls in the blogosphere are cohosting with me….so don’t forget to check out their projects too…

And a little disappointed because this project didn’t turn out quite as fabulous as my feeble mind imagined it would.  You win some, you lose some, right?!

Speaking of the project…..let’s get to it. 

First, you should know that a while ago I discovered that our ‘stained glass windows’ in our new home weren’t stained glass at all.  They were basically the redneck version…a la decals.  When I tackled them in the living room, removing the sticky substance took FOH-EVAH.  As in weeks and weeks.  And many of you recommended some sticky-substance removers – some I had tried, some I had tried the off brand and some I didn’t give a whirl.   


So you can imagine that this giant decaled window in our master bathroom was daunting to say the least.  And that is why it simply sat on our to-do list untouched for weeks. 

Why are we nixing the decal?  For one, it’s grosser than showing up at a pumpkin patch with your teenage butt cheeks hanging outta your daisy dukes while you make out with your 50 year old hubby.  (seriously it had hairs trapped under the decal and there is very little that skeeves me out than some strangers body hair staring me down while I’m soaking in the tub).  Secondly, the pink, purple and traditional design just weren’t our style. (sorry about the difficult lighting)

This time around I knew exactly what to expect when it came to peeling – go slow and steady.

And expect the huge amounts of ‘stick’ when you peel off all the layers….

So here’s where I enter Scientist Katie mode.  I really wanted to give the two highest recommended items a chance to rid the window of ‘the stick’…so I picked up a new bottle of both name brand items Goo Gone and Goof Off.   Wanna guess who won in the battle of sticky-stuff remover?

Goof Off! 

I sprayed each on a separate corner that each had equal amounts of ‘the stick’ and let it sit for about a minute before wiping with a paper towel.  The Goof Off took off 90% of the sticky stuff with twenty wipes whereas the Goo Gone took off about 30% with the same number of wipes.  Winner winner chicken dinner.

So I finished the rest of the window with the Goof Off (while trying to avoid getting high as a kite!).   At the very very end we ran out of Goof Off…and my darling boyfriend pulled out this air freshener called Citrus Magic.  And do you know what?  It worked too…just as good as Goof Off and it smelled better too.  Crazy, huh?!

Finally it was clear as a whistle (note that some of the decal would not come off even with Goof Off and the trusty razorblade was one of the few things that excrutiatingly slowly removed the rest). 

But we still have an issue.  That there is a giant wide open window that is visible from our neighbors yard to see all of our freshly showered and bathed Bower bodies.  My mutant midsection would be visible to the world!  So we needed a solution. 

I needed inspiration….enter this pin from Anna

Anna is a blogger over at Take the Side Street and she did a whole post about how to make glass look like mercury glass.  (here’s the original project link with full instructions!)  And that inspired me to rethink how to obstruct the view of our bathroom.

You see, I have this stash of windows from my mom’s neighbor – Mrs. C.  She was redoing her exterior and the plan included new windows (IT’S GORGEOUS) and I ran over there like a crazy person and asked her (as I gasped for air because I don’t run usually unless there is bacon involved) to save me some pretty pretty please.  And she did.  So my hair-brained idea was to take that big window and make it look like antiqued mirror glass and hang it in the opening of our bathroom window.

I know it sounds crazy…hanging a window in a window….but in my mind (crazy things happen in there), it seemed like it was gonna work and I would end up with this pretty antiqued looking focal piece.  So I started with Anna’s instructions…cleaning the window and deciding what side to spray…

spritzing with water….(later I realized that I did Anna’s steps all wrong)…

….spraying with my Looking Glass spraypaint…I sprayed way too much…

checking out my bubbles…letting it dry way too long…

….wiping off the paint that landed on the bubbles….not nearly enough came off….

…getting sweet kisses from the baby….ok ok…technically this wasn’t in Anna’s tutorial…but I had to improvise a little….

And then I accidentally skipped the vinegar step and just skipped to sanding with an ultra fine pad.  The sanding was intensely dirty. 

And I was left with this window with splotchy antiquey looking glass panes.

It didn’t really look like Anna’s glass piece at all.  This is where I started questioning my instruction-following skills.  Mine didn’t look like mercury glass…or a mirror…it just looked like old glass (which is fine – just unexpected).

We took it upstairs – yes our counters are dirty…don’t judge me…just keeping it real…..and planned on painting it the same color as our trim.  I sprayed the backside with the Looking Glass so that’s why one side is brown and one is white.

After letting it dry, my darling boytoy helped me attach it to the window frame with a couple regular hooks and a couple eyes.

And now for the finished product:

here’s the night view….


At night it looks more like fogged up glass…like someone just took a shower….which is okay by me because it is a bathroom.

And now for the gasp-inducing before & afters (please note that they don’t induce any reaction…it’s really quite subtle)…



All in all, it’s MUCH better than the decal in my book…although it’s not exactly what I imagined.  Maybe one day I’ll scrape the panes and try again (following the instructions better next time!)…but for now it looks good enough.  Plus it was a happy surprise to see that it actually let even more light into the space…and played off well with the glass block window into the shower and the tiles on the wall and floor.  And it feels really good just to tackle something that I’ve been dying to try.  

So now that you checked out my PC Project – did you see the other hosts?  I DIED when I saw them.  Literally this is me typing from beyond the grave.  They are so inspiring and beautiful.  Here’s the links again just in case –

Did you guys play along?  I’d love to see your projects (each host has the option to throw a linky party and I’d love if you linked up below so that I can see what you did and stand in awe of your amazingness!)

Here are the instructions if you are a linky-party newbie…

  • click on the blue “Add Your Link” button at the bottom of this post – it has a blue frog head on it :)
  • add a link to your PC project blog post in the url field (please do not link to your home page)
  • for “name” write a short descriptive name for your project (e.g. “Antiqued Window”)
  • pretty pretty please with baconsauce on top to remember to link in the body of your post to the Pinterest item and the original source of the photo on Pinterest as well as back to me and this editions hosts above – it’s just a big ole fashioned linky love fest!  Oh and if nobody told you today…I like your smile :)

If you’d rather just link over to your project in the comment section, feel free to do that – or even add a link to a free photo sharing site like Flickr with your pics if you don’t have a blog (remember to set the gallery to public so we can all see it).   Now let’s get to the party!



  1. says

    Fun party, Katie! Thanks for hosting.

    I think your original idea was really cool, too. And the window does preserve and protect all that should be private so it wasn’t a horrible deal, all in all. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us!

  2. says

    Wow, I’m flattered that you singled my little project out. I love the window-on-window idea, and I think yours turned out really nice… even though it’s not quite what you were going for I still think it looks great. If you ever decide to give the tutorial another go and have any questions about the technique or steps please don’t hesitate to get in touch. :)

    • says

      Thanks Anna…I probably should have paid more attention to your tutorial instead of just oohing and aaahing over your pretty sparkly glass :) And I will definitely hit you up if I decide to try again :)
      xo – kb

    • says

      Good to know! I think that last time I used a different kind (off-brand) and I must say that it’s crazy how even the same product can give such different results!
      xo – kb

  3. says

    Ummm, Katie…your window looks great!!! I still cannot believe that your windows actually had decals on them!?! Too funny. Our master bath bathtub (well that sounded awfully weird) is very similar except we have those square ice cube blocks that look like they are from the 80’s making up our window. I wish I could peel those off like you did your decals. And by the way, my favorite photo in this whole post is the one of Will giving you a big ole kiss! Aren’t boys the best and those kisses…I swear my boys are going to have a complex because I am always asking for kisses from their sweet lips! Adorable! Thanks for hosting this fun challenge and getting my rear in gear! I don’t think I have ever finished a project so fast! ;)

  4. says

    Oh and no offense to anyone that has those ice cube looking windows! They are just not my favorite thing…they for some reason always remind me of 3 men and a baby…which oddly enough is a movie that I like…just didn’t want to offend anyone! ;)

      • says

        Lol! I guess glass blocks would be the technical term! Tells you how much I know considering I called them ice cubes! I’m so glad you don’t like them either! You should have heard the conversation I was having in my head after I posted that I hated them!?! It went something along the lines of “omg what if she has them & loves them!” “what if she’s a huge ice cube glass thingy mabob lover & wants them put in all her bathrooms!” “I just totally offended someone who I think is a pretty cool chick”(not in a creepy way)…so relieved to read your comment!!!

  5. says

    I love how your window turned out, I think it’s absolutely perfect as is!

    Thank you a million times for coming up with this challenge. It is awesome!!

  6. says

    Katie, I LOVE your brutal honestly! And I’ve been so curious about the mercury glass technique for my front window. I think it turned out great! Thanks so much for the motivation to change my Table into the Yellow Kitchen Cart I totally had been dreaming of (ever since seeing it on Pinterest)!!! I’m so stoaked to have a link on your site after following you for practically forever!!!

    Aimee @ ItsOverflowing

  7. says

    I really like the window in a window look! Oh, and it looks like you’ve already found a product that works, but I have found eucalyptus oil is ever. I use it on everything, and love that it’s got no chemicals etc. It’s great with cooking grime in the kitchen too. I think you have to use proper essential oil though, not just the diluted stuff. I live in Australia and we can buy it readily at the grocery store, not sure about America though.

  8. says

    First- thank you for the Pinterest Challenge! I read some pretty strong opinions about the matter in the comments above, but I for one think it’s been a great way to be motivated and actually DO something I’ve pinned! (I mean, that’s the idea, right?)
    Second- O love the new window. WAY better than the old stuff, which included someone else’s hair (ugh! I hate a dirty bathroom and the thought of hairs stuck to your window are almost too much…haha).
    Finally- I posted one of my 3 pinterest ideas I have followed through with. I hope to have the other 2 posted soon! I know your super busy, but check them out if you get the chance!


    *abrazos* (spanish for hugs)

  9. says

    Nice to meet you today at Goodwill! By the way, I’m link up #11 on this post. I found that headboard at the Buckhead Goodwill. I love that one! Have you been? They have good stuff.

  10. says

    Just have to tell you this. My husband and I were house hunting this weekend (worst.weekend.ever.) and saw a window that had a similar treatment to the one you made here. I got excited (weirdo) and started explaining to him about your project and how it looked cool even though it didn’t turn out as expected. I mentioned the mercury-look and treatment and how it kinda looked like frosted glass.
    He got a confused look on his face and finally said, “Oh that mercury! I thought you meant the planet Mercury. I was trying to figure out how she had painted the planet on a window!”
    Oh, men.

  11. says

    I personally think it’s super cute. However, if you wanted to (and by all means I’m definitely not saying you should- you’ve for sure made that best ever window hiding another window over a bath tub in the history of the modern world) you could try this:
    Seems super cute (and super time-absorbing). Anyways, just thought you’d like-a see it.

  12. says

    I think it turned out great too! I linked up the mirror project #433 and had some issues with how it turned out myself but sometimes you just have to live and learn and roll with it! That is what make all this DIY stuff an “experience’ fo sho!

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