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

    Katie- my sincerest thanks for kicking my booty into gear and making me finish TWO projects over the weekend. I finally tackled a couple of chalkboards- I think I’m #7? And your windows are flippin’ spectacular. Totally wish I had somewhere in my home to do that. Hope y’all are having a great day!

  2. says

    I think your window turned out cute! And I really love the look of it hanging there. I understand your frustration, but I really do like it.

    Oh, and I don’t know if you will think this is way creepy or what, but I’m headed to Conyers/Snellville for a week over Thanksgiving to visit or BFFs who just moved there and I was wondering if you lived nearby. I’d love to meet up for lunch for coffee or whatever. You are one of my favorite bloggers! Let me know if you’d be interested in meeting up.


    Allison @ House of Hepworths

  3. says

    The change you made to your windows is much improved from the stain glass. Gotta love how projects never turn out how you imagine…but really your windows love great! PS: I watched the video with you and Sherry-What a hoot!!

  4. Molly says

    Maybe not 100% what you envisioned but I still love it! The size is just perfect! Thanks again for encouraging all of us to “stop pinning and start doing”

  5. says

    I tried the exact same tutorial! I was a little disappointed too. I got spray paint drippies and I was afraid to distress too much for fear of wiping off all the paint. Maybe it takes more layers of distressing, then painting, then distressing again?
    (just curious, did you go to Grayson High School? I went to South Gwinnett. you know, 10 years ago)

  6. says

    First off, loved the challenge. I can’t wait to share all the fun stuff I’ve been inspired to do! Second, I think your window turned out great! Thanks for all the wonderful DIY inspiration. It’s helped to get my butt in gear! :)


  7. Jessica says

    That turned out great. I will admit I was a bit skeptical about the hole window in a window thing. You have made me a believer. Love you site. Thanks for all the inspiration!!

  8. says

    Hey Katie! I’m sorry your project didn’t quite turn out the way you liked, but it still looks great and the neighbors will no longer see your nakedness! LOL!! We have a similar issue in our bathroom, but I haven’t got to it yet. I probably should jump on that soon! We have a lot of trees in our yard so I’m hoping my neighbors can’t see me! I was thinking of doing something to my window similar to this project. Maybe it will work better for you too!

  9. says

    Katie, I think you did an AWESOME job! I know it doesn’t look like what you imagined, but I think it’s gorgeous, seriously! You got lucky the window pane fit perfectly in yours. It definitely looks antique-y and is really beautiful. I’d take baths more often just to look at it!

    I covered a lamp shade with fabric (kind of boring but I had limited funds and time but was dying to participate). It didn’t turn out quite how I wanted it, and I ended up dropping my 5d Mark II (that I just got with two lenses about a month ago) while taking photos of the project and damaged my glorious baby of a lens, the 50mm f/1.4 that I had been pining for for two years. It won’t focus so now I have to send it in. Oh, the things we bloggers do to capture a project!

  10. says

    I LOVE that window. It looks super modern and gorgeous. And it fits your [actual] window perfectly :) + it’s much better than doing it to the actual window, because now you can take it down (super easily). Way to go Katie. (500 points for you + 100 points for mentioning bacon ;))

  11. says

    Thanks for hosting this Pinterest Challenge! I wasn’t able to do anything myself, but my sister and co-blogger made some gorgeous ornaments that I am now going to attempt – hopefully I can give them away as Christmas gifts! Her project is #198.

    I love what you did with the window! It’s amazing how perfectly it fits, too – looks like it was made to hang there :)

  12. Janice says

    First I saw Sherry’s project, then yours, then House of Earnest – and I hate to say this – but ladies – please stop Pinterest crafting. I know you guys are better than this. I see it all the time. I know I should keep my mouth shut, but I want to stop this before great blogs go bad. Just say no to Pinterest crafts projects. They’re just not your thing.


    • says

      I can only say this for me…but the two Pinterest Challenge posts I’ve done are things that are BETTER than I would do without the inspiration available through Pinterest. Of course not everything I do is everyone’s cup of tea but that’s the beauty in diversity. And to be frank…Pinterest crafts are my thing. I get to decide that….just like you get to decide what your thing is :)
      xo – kb

      • says

        “Pinterest crafts” aren’t really a category of their own… It’s really just an easier way to get INSPIRED to make wonderful crafts with your own unique twist!

        Pinterest Challenges are my favorite and I hope they stick around for a long long time! :)

    • alex says

      I think the general consensus is that pinterest challenges ARE fun and an extremely inspirational source to get the gears turning…i love pinterest and i cant tell you how many wonderful ideas ive gotten. I loved your window Katie and i loved the rest of the leading ladies crafts. I also have no idea how a four times a year event can really “turn a blog bad”. Anywho, blog on fellow bloggers, blog on.

    • says

      “Whatever happened to that Katie Bower chick?”

      “Katie Bower???”

      “Yeah, you know – Katie Bower. She was always making those bacon jokes.”

      “Oh! That Katie Bower! Well I heard she did one of those Pinterest Challenges a while back.”


      “Oh. That’s too bad. She could have been a really good blogger. If only she hadn’t gotten involved with all that Pinterest nonsense.”

      “Well, you know those celebrity blogger types, they let it go to their head and think they can get away with anything.”

      “Yeah. I guess she had it coming. But still, it’s too bad. I really do love a good bacon joke.”

      It was nice knowing you, Katie ;D

  13. Erin says

    I actully just made votives last week with that tutorial for my sister’s shower. They turned out fantastic!! (and I saw how my fingers were turning silver, so I wore gloves). You do have to lightly spray about five coats than spritz with water/vinager mix and I than took a Q-tip to make it “fade” away. I can’t believe how great they look! I made about 20 candle holders and have since used them in my house. wish I could show you a picture but I don’t have a blog. :o)

    I love the window though it looks great and it fills up the space nicely.

  14. says

    Big improvement! Decals can be awesome but I don’t think faux-stained glass falls under that category.

    It’s frustrating when a tutorial doesn’t work out 100% as planned (I could totally see myself skipping a few steps!) but I love how it turned out nonetheless. Sweet, antiquey (that’s so not a word), and it adds privacy too!

    • says

      Agreed. There are some beautiful decals out there…with cool patterns and designs…faux stained glass – at least this one was not one of them :)
      xo – kb

  15. says

    ooh we also have window decals in our house =S and we don’t have any windows to hide from public view, but we’re too lazy to stick them up, however we are about to change our home so this tutorial will be a must in our new house, thanks!!..

  16. says

    Katie, your Pinterest challenge linky party came at the right time for me. I’m doing my own “Pinterest challenge” this month to make myself do all the projects on my “things to make for Christmas presents” list. I linked back your post for today in my party project link and linked back your 10/26 post in my post for yesterday. It explains why and what I’m doing to challenge myself in November. Does that make sense? Clear as mud? Anyway, thanks for the par- tay!

  17. says

    I think it looks awesome! I hate when things don’t turn out the way we picture them. But hey, it IS better then that decal!!! I like the way it looks …It would also look pretty cute painted a bright color.

  18. says

    Faboo! I love the window-on-window look and this is a twist on it I haven’t seen anyone do yet. A tip of the hat, m’lady!
    Quick question — do you know if the product you used is removable? (I blog for renters & all of my projects have to be un-doable… so whenever I see something I like, I ask!)

    • says

      Which product do you mean? The paint? I guess if you only painted the panes of glass then you could technically scrape it off just like any other paint…so as long as the rest of the wood was taped and protected then yes, it would qualify as renter-friendly :)
      xo – kb

      • says

        Yeah, the paint — Sorry! I can be Queen of the Confusing Questions :-/
        And thanks… that’s what I figured, but like I said, I always like to ask somebody who’s been there. IMO, personal experience is the best instruction manual.

  19. Jamie says

    It’s the perfect size for that space. Even if it didn’t turn out like you’d hoped, I think it’s definitely an improvement!

    I just requested an invite for Pinterest, but while browsing came across this, and I immediately had to come post it for you:

  20. Angela says

    Wow! It totally changes the look of that window. I love the optical illusion that the window is bigger now. It’s so much more clean & modern just by that simple change.

  21. says

    I have to admit I wasn’t crazy about the window on window action at first but after I finished reading the post and looked at it again…I kinda love it. It’s unexpected and far better than the decal!

    Also, if you grow to hate it, I had a failed window fogging spray project in our first floor bathroom and the spray came off incredibly easy with nail polish remover. Could be way easier than scrapping it off – I’d give that a try first. :)


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