Faux Finish Your Garage Windows

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Intro: Faux Finish Your Garage Windows

Like everyone else in the Neighborhood, I (Steph) had these plastic inserts in the windows of my garage. They were discolored, brittle and gave a dated look to my house. I wanted a change!

Once the plastic inserts were removed, I was ready to give the glass a faux finish.

Step 1: Watch the Video!

Step 2: Prep Windows for Spray

With the old plastic inserts removed (you can see how we did it here), the appearance of the garage was already improved. We almost stopped at that point, but these windows face east and get a lot of sunshine, which really heats up the garage, so we needed a way to keep some of the light, but block most of it.

We created a faux paned glass look with frosted spray paint.

This is how we did it:

  • Clean the windows with glass cleaner.
  • Tape off the window pane pattern with painter's tape
  • After taping off the first window, we created a paper template which we held up on the outside of each window while taping the inside. This step saved a lot of time.

Step 3: Prep the Area for Spray Painting

We took a little time to cover up areas that we wanted to keep spray paint free.

Step 4: Spray the Windows

Since we were working inside the garage with the door closed, we made sure to use safety equipment--safety glasses and mask are a must. Work quickly as this creates a rather large spray cloud. We gave all the windows a very quick first coat and immediately raised the garage door to release the cloud.

After the first coat was dry, we sprayed a second and then removed the painter's tape.

Step 5: All Finished!

This was a quick fix for the out-of-date garage windows. With the freshly painted windows and new hardware, actually magnetic handles and trim, the garage was given a fresh, new look!

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