Guys!!! I’m sooooo excited! I hit 4,000 followers on Instagram! Woot woot! To celebrate, I made myself a little present and thanks to my friends at Ryobi, you can, too 😉 But, you don’t get to hear about that yet (unless you skip the post and go straight to the bottom haha)! If you’re one of my 4,000 homies on Instagram you may have seen this little sneak peek
So, I have a pretty big crush on antique windows. But I also have a pretty big crush on having money in my bank account so I like all things to be cheap, cheap, cheap! What’s a girl to do when she wants cool things AND a savings account? DIY it up, of course! I have been wanting some arched windows but like I said, cheap! I always have a ton of scrap wood out in my garage so I went out to the garage and got busy. When I was all done I was left with these cuties.
Want to make your own? Let’s get busy with some instructions!
- Wood-I used some 3/8″ wood I had in my garage. Just use what you have. Mine was 16.5″x48″
- Kraft Paper
- Yard Stick
- Big bowl or Bucket
- Jig Saw
Gather all of your supplies and cut a piece of kraft paper to the final dimensions of ONE window and fold it in half lengthwise.
Determine the number of openings and sizes you want. I left a 2″ border around the window, a 3″ bottom, and 1.25″ (which will turn into 2.5″ when opened, remember our paper is folded in half) down the center. For the bottom openings I measured 4.75″ up from the top line of the bottom section and used the yardstick to draw the line to create the box. I traced the bottom and top of the yard stick and again measured up 4.75″ from the top yardstick line. Once again, I traced my lines using the yardstick as my guide.
Using a large bowl or bucket trace your curves. Remember you want your top curve but you also need to make the inside curve.
With your paper still folded in half, cut out your openings and your top. Make sure you are keeping everything straight so when you open your paper up it’ll match on each side. Use this as a stencil and transfer your design to your wood.
Using a drill, make some holes in two corners of each box. Make sure they are big enough to fit your jig saw blade.
Use your jigsaw to cut out all of your openings and your top arch and then use a cat sander to sand it all out!
Now it’s time to paint them. I used dark gray, then blue, and then dry brushed a light taupe over top. None of these layers need to be perfect. Remember we’re going for antique! Once you’re done put them out for all to see and pat yourself on the back for being such an awesome DIYer!
Now for the fun stuff!! I bought my cordless jig saw which is part of Ryobi’s ONE+ line. I have quite a few Ryobi tools now and they’re great for the weekend DIYer. My favorite thing about the jig saw is the fact that it’s cordless. Well, guess what?! To celebrate my 4,000 followers with me, they are giving one of you your very own ONE+ Orbital Jig Saw!!!! I seriously can’t tell you guys how excited I am about them doing this! The giveaway will run from now until Sunday at midnight! Get your entries in and great luck to all of you!! And thank you all so much for the support on Instagram! It means the world! Thanks for stopping by!!