Painted words on old windows complement rustic decor.

How to Paint Words on Old Windows as a Wall Decor Project

by L. Christine Shepard

Add charm to a rustic-themed wedding or party with a wall decor project that uses salvaged windows to serve as message boards for a seating chart or a menu. Reclaimed windows often feature small panes that you can use to separate words, groups of words or letters. As everyday home decor pieces, you can hang the windows from the ceiling as room dividers, with small words such as “Style” or a name painted on the panes. Teenagers who share a bedroom may want to separate areas of the room with painted words on old windows.

Sand off any old peeling paint or finish from the old windows with sandpaper. Wash the old windows with detergent and water, using rags. Clean each windowpane with window cleaner and a paper towel.

Measure the size of each windowpane with a ruler. Type the words you want to use on a computer in the desired font to match the sizes of the windowpanes. Print the words out on paper.

Attach the printed words to the back of the windowpane with masking tape. Trace over the printed words with chalk ink or paint markers. Let it dry for 20 minutes.

Items you will need

  • Sandpaper
  • Old windows
  • Rags
  • Detergent
  • Window cleaner
  • Paper towels
  • Ruler
  • Masking tape
  • Chalk ink or paint markers


  • Find chalk ink or paint markers at craft stores and online.


  • Wear goggles and a face mask when sanding old windows.

About the Author

L. Christine Shepard has been a print journalist since 1994, covering news, home improvement, gardening and food for the "Oakland Press," "Rochester Post," "Troy Times" and "Michigan Meetings and Events" magazine. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Oakland University and received the Michigan Press Association award for journalism.

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