This past Sunday Michelle and I decided to get going on a project we needed to complete for an upcoming wedding. We meant to do it sooner, but we’ve had a few other projects come up along the way. In any event, we have a rustic wedding coming up later this month, and we are designing all of the décor for this beautiful ceremony and reception. The venue is Skyloft Ski Resort, and it is the perfect setting for all sorts of pretty little rustic details. One of the ideas that we came up with was repurposing old windows and using them as a seating chart.
Our first task was to locate old windows. Michelle found a great listing on Kijiji that was advertising old windows from a cottage for $25 each. The panes were painted a soft yellow, which made them a perfect find, since they were both affordable and easy to repaint white.
So after verifying that our vehicle could hold all of these windows, we scooped up my cousin Nirvanie from Brampton and hit the road for Burlington!
The owner was very nice and helped us load up the windows into our already-stuffed car, and we headed over to Michael’s to purchase a few supplies.
Once we arrived at Michael’s, we immediately began searching for appropriate markers to write on panes of glass. It took a while to find the right kind of markers in white, but we eventually found them and bought two, as we had 18 panes of glass and 140 names to write. And by we, I mean my cousin Nirvanie, as she has the best writing of the three of us. Thanks again, Nir!
While taking some time to apply a bit of lipstick, and stop for a much-needed Starbucks-infusion, we headed back to Markham to begin our adventure in window re-purposing.
Once we arrived back in Markham, we created a workspace in the garage by laying down some old sheets, and setting out our supplies. We had 3 windows that needed to be cleaned and painted. We used clean cheesecloths to clean the wooden parts of the windows and windex and paper towels to clean the panes of glass.
Next up was probably the most tedious part: applying painter’s tape to each pane of glass. This part is especially important because getting paint on the glass is no fun to clean up later, and if we are honest with ourselves, none of us are master painters. We enjoy colouring outside of the lines J.
We decided to use a white paint with primer already in it, just to avoid having to put several coats of paint on the windows. The yellow paint on the windows was a very soft colour and easy to cover up, and because this was designed for a rustic wedding, we didn’t want the windows to look too modern and clean.
The exact colour of our paint was eggshell, and one can was more than sufficient to cover all 3 windows. We used two sizes of paintbrushes, one medium in size and one smaller, thinner brush to get into angles and corners nearest to the glass.
After a while we moved our operation into Michelle’s bedroom because it got a bit chilly in the garage, and we also wanted to watch The Walking Dead J. As you can see, the painter’s tape was a necessity!
Once the paint dried, which took about half an hour tops, Nirvanie was able to begin transposing the seating chart names onto the panes of glass. She went through a few dry runs before deciding on the appropriate size and orientation of the text, but overall, we are very happy with how the windows turned out.
As you can see, one coat of paint covered the yellow nicely, and hand writing the names, while tiring for poor Nir, added a lovely touch to the windows.
The last task to complete these windows is to add hinges onto the sides so that the windows can stand up on their own on the receiving table, which we will add in a little later. All in all, this was a fun way to spend a Sunday! Bookmark our blog to see these beauties in all of their glory at our client’s wedding later this month.
If you are interested in having us design a custom piece for you, contact us at –firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 647-990-5474. Remember, if you can dream it, we can design it! Our décor selection is extensive, and we are always excited to add to our repertoire.