Add Painted Letters to an Old Window

Our mantel has an enormous hole above it to fit an old fashioned TV. I covered it up with a large window that you may view in this post. Recently my beautiful horse canvas has been featured there in front of the window but I felt like doing something to the window itself.

There are a lot of options for a plain white grid background but I go for the easiest thing…
painting random letters in a gray color by using a stencil.
Not painted too perfectly either.
When I decorate with numbers or letters I get so many questions about what they mean – NOTHING, they mean nothing at all. 🙂
The whole alphabet would look too much like a school classroom (although cute for a playroom idea) and there were not enough panes of glass to fit all those letters anyway.
It reminds me of an eye testing chart. I need the DMV to get one in this size so I can renew my drivers license. My eyes are so slow to focus — aaack!
I haven’t updated my license since we moved (almost two years ago). But the DMV is the last place I want to kill a day. I’d rather be more productive at home making crafts, painting and reading blogs.
I hope your week is going a bit better than mine is.
(I don’t spill much personal negativity out onto you sweet readers but boy, sometimes…..)

I’m smiling anyway!
Sharing my project with Knick of Time Tuesday
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I notice various chippy, older doors and windows in your home and I love it. I'm starting to collect the same. But, I have been concerned about lead paint. Does this worry you. If so, what do you do, how do you deal with it? I have small children and don't want to expose them so have yet to actually hang any of my finds. Unsure about keeping them. . . Thx.

Katie Mansfield

I'm with Kelly. I like how you skipped some of the letters. You are allowed to spill some negativity if you want. We can handle it. I had a police officer repeatedly ask me if I had just moved. I think he was trying to get me to say yes, so my license was not so out of date. I did get a ticket but not for that. 😉 Speeding is my problem.

Angela Ryder

I love it and the fact that the letters represent absolutely nothing!!! I always think I have to say something with my letters but I realize now, I don't!! Thanks and Happy Mother's Day!~~Angela

Fred Hutchinson

The positioning of those letters gives the house such a great look. Did you buy those letters as cut outs or did you make them yourself? Send me the link to where you bought those! Thanks!Fred Hutchinson |


That looks great Holly! I like that you just did some of the alphabet and not all. Too bad you have to waste a day at the DMV!

Christine Vandormolen

GORGEOUS Holly…..super cute idea!!!


love that big window and the letters look great, holly!


That looks so cute! I like typography in a home anyway. I like how you put the letters in order and skipped some of them.


Love what you did to the window! Hoping your week gets better soon. xoxo

Susan Lloyd

got to dmv here; Chesterfield : Customer Service Center610 Johnston Willis Drive, Richmond, VA 23236-3949Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 is really quick. and if you go here first,, it will tell you how long the wait is. right now at 12:20 it is a 13 minute wait and that is at lunchtime.

C.D. Loken

I love old windows and this is such a creative way to give them new life! I hope your week gets better-keep smiling!


Very cool Holly. I love old windows and have done a few. The random letters are neat!

Linda@Coastal Charm

Holly, This is a really neat look you have here and I hope you have a better day.Blessings,Linda

Gee Singh Newbanks

🙂 Luv it Holly.Sigh… but you finished yours. I have a few in the process…Hugs, Gee

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style

I love it and the way you randomly placed the letters.