DIY Painted Window Display

diy painted window display

I’m a sucker for any type of vintage-style architectural pieces like shutters, frames, and windows, because they add such character to your home or party decor. I told you about my thrift store finds a while back that included some fantastic display “props”, one of which was a window panel that had starfish attached and mermaids painted on. I bought it for under $30 so I could use it for the shabby chic baby shower I was styling {plus so many more possibilities}.

I wanted to share the transformation tools with you today so you can see how I turned trash into treasure….and you can too!

vintage window

craft suppliesThere’s the beach scene above, that made me cringe, but I realized all I needed to do was use a razor blade to scrape off the paint and starfish. The mermaids came off easily, but those starfish took some elbow grease! I don’t know what kind of adhesive was used to attach them, but they did not want to come off at first. Even the razor blade had a tough time cutting through!

Once I had the window cleaned up, and a blank slate I could add my own customization using some metal letters as stencils, and acrylic craft paint.

diy painted window display

  • I lined up the letters to spell “Bebe” – the French word for baby {from le bebe specifically}, and held them in place with painters tape. I used a stippling brush to paint on the letters, and let it dry. I used the razor blade to touch up any edges that needed it.

shabby chic window display

  • Here’s how the window turned out in the shower, which I think “made” the backdrop. I also added a little ball fringe trim to the top to dress it up a little.

removing paint from window display

  • After the shower I simply scraped off the painted letters once again, with my razor blade. It’s easy when you hold it at an angle and use small strokes to remove the paint.

Now I can use the window for another occasion either painted with some other word or phrase, or plain. I love the flexibility of this project – its like having multiple props in just 1 item. Do you enjoy thrifting or turning trash to treasure?

Have a great day!

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About Chris

Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and has contributed to, SheKnows, and countless other websites. Most recently she was featured in Celebrate magazine, and her work has been published in Woman's World, Ocala Style, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.


  1. I like that changing the painting is so easy. That makes that decorating piece very simple…like a chalkboard.

  2. What a great how-to for repurposing vintage or discarded accent pieces!

  3. Love the idea of re-using the old window! I never would have thought of painting it and then scraping the paint off and re-using. Thanks for the idea!

  4. Love this idea, Chris! So cute!

  5. This is great, I love that you can reuse it!!


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