There is nothing I love more than an easy home project that elevates your space to the next level. It’s been years since I talked about one of my favorite DIYs of all time, but I still fall in love with it every time I look at old photos. What DIY you may ask? Window grids!
Today on the blog , I’ll be talking about all things related to DIY window grids (also called window mullions!)! This super simple project is a game-changer when it comes to giving your windows a fresh and elevated look on a budget.
If you’re looking for a custom drape solution on a budget, I did an entire post recently on how I use Amazon drapes to get a completely custom look. I’ll link that here!
What Are Window Grids (OR WINDOW MULLIONS)?
Before I go over all the steps to DIYing your own window mullions, let’s cover the basics. Window grids, also known as window mullions or window grilles, are the decorative dividers you often see on windows. They create the illusion of divided panes, adding a touch of elegance and charm to your home.
Usually, this look requires replacing your entire window pane and can be incredibly expensive. By creating them yourself, it’s an affordable way to give your windows that classic look in a much easier way.
The Story Behind My DIY Window Grids
When I realized that it wasn’t a priority to get new windows just to add grids, I wondered how I could add them to my existing windows.
I played around with a few ideas, but I knew it needed to be something that adhered to the window itself, which doesn’t leave too many options. Did you know that years ago I used to own an Etsy Shop selling vinyl stickers? I tell the whole story on this post, but I quickly realized that a vinyl sticker may be a solution!
My MIL runs that shop now and she was able to help me create window mullions to adhere to my windows. Long story short – they worked GREAT!
Is My Vinyl Etsy Shop Still Around?
You might be wondering what happened to my vinyl Etsy shop. Well, the good news is that it’s still up and running, but now my talented mother-in-law is the creative force behind it. She’s taken the shop to new heights, creating stunning vinyl designs and of course still selling the window grids that started it all.
The grids I designed are typically made from vinyl strips, which can be easily cut and applied to your existing windows. They come in various styles and sizes, allowing you to customize the look to suit your home’s aesthetic. The best part? It’s a budget-friendly solution that looks just like the real thing.
To shop these DIY window grids for yourself, check out the Etsy shop here!
How To Install DIY Window Grids
Now, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of how to install DIY window grids. It’s a straightforward process that can be tackled by even the newest of home improvement lovers. Here’s a step-by-step guide to get you started:
Step 1: Gather Your Materials
You’ll need a few supplies to complete this project:
- Vinyl Strips: These are the star of the show and can be purchased from my mother-in-law’s Etsy shop in your preferred style.
- Measuring Tape: To ensure you get accurate measurements for your vinyl strips.
- Scissors or Utility Knife: For cutting the vinyl strips to the right size.
- Level: This handy tool will help you ensure your window grids are straight and aligned.
Step 2: Measure Your Windows
Start by measuring your windows. Determine how many grid sections you want and how far apart they should be. This depends on your personal style and the size of your windows.Typically, I like 6 or 8 panes depending on how large my window is.
Step 3: Cut the Vinyl Strips
Using your measurements, cut the vinyl strips to the appropriate length. Make sure your cuts are clean and straight.
Step 4: Mark the Window
Use a pencil and a level to mark where you want your grid sections to go on the window. This step is the most tedious, but also most important to ensure the end result is spaced out correctly.
Step 5: Attach the Grids
Carefully attach the vinyl strips to your window, following the marks you made earlier. This process is best if you go slow and steady. Press them firmly to ensure they stick securely.
And that’s it! You’ve successfully transformed your windows with DIY window grids. It’s such an easy project, yet it totally elevates any space with large windows.
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