Holly’s Silhouette Window Art

by Holly LL on November 18, 2010

I have been slightly obsessed with silhouettes for awhile…and am finally getting around to adding them to my decor {I am a little slow these days}. Perhaps the catalyst is the beautiful Cameo Ladies stencils from Cutting Edge Stencils. They just stole my heart when I saw them.

When I painted my living room with Summers Violet from Mythic Paint (check that out HERE), I also added this Silhouette Wall Art…which led to my French-Inspired Pillows as well. I am so happy with the way it is all coming together. I suppose it is time to start the family room…Now that is a P-R-O-J-E-C-T!



  1. Clean window as necessary. My window came from the dump, so I used some soap and water to clean it up. I actually left the hardware on it – gives it character!
  2. I secured loose joints with Gorilla Glue Wood Glue and let dry.
  3. I sanded any rough edges with my Dremel and then wiped the surface clean.
  4. The window was already a creamy color, so after it was clean, I applied a layer of DecoArt’s Weathered Wood, and let it dry.
  5. I then (roughly) painted the frame in Bleached Sand and let it dry. I did not precisely paint, just kind of went allover it. OLD is GOOD! And the Weathered Wood helped get more “old” in there.
  6. Once dry, I dry brushed it with Burnt Umber – it picked up the Weathered Wood texture so nicely.
  7. Then I applied Dazzling Metallics in Renaissance Brown. I started with a small amount and used an old sock to wipe it on. I did not want a lot just a hint of color for texture and richness)
  8. I covered the glass area and then sprayed the Rockler’s Deft Finishing Spray allover to protect the finish
  9. Once the frame was dry, I got out my 3 cameo ladies stencil and placed them on the window.
  10. I had to use my eye to get them positioned how I preferred. I positioned the middle lady first and worked with the other two to get the look quite right. (I had a “moment” and first paint these ladies on horizontally…was ready to hang them and went…duh! …they are supposed to be vertical…so I had practice!)
  11. I secured my stencils on each side with painters tape.
  12. I mixed my white gloss enamel paint with some black..being sure to use more white and add the black to the white, mixing after each addition until I got the color I wanted, a rich charcoal grey.
  13. I tried applying with a paint brush and a pouncer and I preferred the pouncer effect for this project. Either will work, it just depends on what you prefer.
  14. I filled in each stencil, let dry momentarily and then took the stencils off. to let the paint dry thoroughly and cure. Do not let id dry thoroughly.
  15. I added a DISChanger when everything was dry and hung it up.

LOVE it, if I do say so myself!

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

gail November 18, 2010 at 6:08 pm

great job! really cool old window!

Roeshel@the DIY Show Off November 21, 2010 at 1:01 am

It’s beautiful, Holly! I love those silhouette stencils too. Your window is perfect! Great job!

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