Upcycle a Vintage Window – Create a One-of-a-Kind Piece for Your Home

Photo of upcycled old window with sailboat on itIt’s easy to upcycle a vintage window with some intermediate vinyl and a simple design.

While these vinyled windows may not be quite the trend they were a couple of years ago, they still look amazing with the ever popular farmhouse decor.

For my two most recent vintage window projects, I chose windows that have 6 panes, but any old window with a wooden sash will do. Please keep in mind that many old windows have lead paint. Because of this, you will want to take care of anything that might be chipping off. Sometimes I am able to leave the windows as I find them, and other times they need a bit of work.

The sash for my sailboat window didn’t really have any paint left on it, and I liked it just as it was. Hubby did spray the wood for me with a clear lacquer, just to make it a little easier to keep clean. However, you really wouldn’t have to even do that.

Capture of design software window layout

When using windows with several panes, it is easiest to divide your design before you cut it. I prefer to draw up the window in my design software before I do any cutting. By doing this, I am able to lay the image out so that I know exactly where the muntins (the pieces of wood that divide the panes of glass) will cross my design. That way, I can put cut lines there, making the large vinyl design easier to manage and lay out on the window after cutting.


Settings for Zing Orbit and MTC:

  • Force – 23
  • Speed – 10
  • Multicut – 1

Photo of upcycled old window with Easter Quote


  • Clean and refurbish sash of window as needed.
  • Clean glass. Use a razor blade to clean up any old paint drips, etc. from glass.
  • If needed, lay out design on drawing of window as shown above. This will not be necessary in all cases. Put cut lines where required in design.
  • Cut and weed design. Apply transfer tape.
  • If you have a large self-healing cutting mat, it is useful to lay that out on your work table and place your window on top of it. This way you can use the lines of the mat to line up your design as you place it on the window. (Just make sure you have the window aligned carefully with the line of the mat before you begin laying out your vinyl.)
  • Place your vinyl carefully on the glass. In some cases, you might have vinyl that comes up to an inside corner of crossed muntins. (In the case of the sailboat design, you’ll see that I did not have this issue, as the design did not cross any corners. You may want to consider this issue when you choose your design.) If so, work your vinyl carefully into the corner and up the wooden muntins.
  • You may need to slice the vinyl from the outside corner in slightly to be able to work the vinyl into the corner. Use your squeegee to get any air bubbles out, working from the middle of the vinyl outward. Snug vinyl up to muntin and use an xacto knife and straight edge to careful trim any vinyl at the edge of the muntin.
  • Continue¬†in this way until your design is complete.
  • Now, display your vintage window work of art for all to admire!



Down to the wire

Sorry this is late! There is one last week to get things done before Christmas. I am close to being done, mainly because I have downsized significantly.:~)

I wanted to share some fun things that I have made recently. So much has changed in the 10 years that KNK has been on the market. Starting out there were few files to be found, now there are thousands. The best thing is that you can find free or very reasonable files every where and it is extremely easy to create your own.

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img_5340-min img_5409-min Aren’t these fun? The first is an ornament that I purchased, added glitter to the inside and then applied vinyl lettering to the outside. It is a flat ornament but has a bit of a curve so it is always helpful to apply the center part of the vinyl first and work your way out. Here is the file he-sees-you-when-your-drinking-team-knk-knk

The second is a purchased file for the truck and tree and the rest was fonts. It is amazing how many fonts are out there free that have flourishes, sayings, logos, etc.

The third is an image I saw on line and developed a file so that I could cut it from vinyl. Here is the file for the window image. In the file, it is sized for a glass block, I also made it into a card. deer-with-tree-and-cardinal-card-team-knk

And the last is a purchased file, I think the company was called APEX. Some files are just worth buying and this was one of them.


plastic flat ornament

pine board

vintage window

mdf board


paper transfer tape for window



red capped blade

Speed 500

Force 36

I have found that using the wet method of applying vinyl to glass is a wonderful thing. Just google it and there are videos to show you how. Just make sure that you use the paper transfer tape.

Searching for something for this post an old post of Judy’s popped up , check it out here.¬† It pays to go back through old posts to see what you may have missed.

Merry Christmas and I can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store.