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Create a Faux Window
with Imitation Sunlight
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Make a Faux Window: Step #3. The Window Finish:

If you already have at least one window in the room where your faux window will hang, consider painting your fake window frame to match the finish of your real window.

Even if this means that you will have to finish your faux window in plain old semi-gloss white, the harmonious look will be worth it. Your fake window will look more real because it is as plain as your regular window.

If, however, there are no windows in the room, here is your chance to be inventive. Simply match your faux window finish to the room’s decor.

For a modern room, a sleek black or metal finish would be ideal. For a country design, an antique or crackled look would be a good fit. For a natural look, stone or terra cotta would be beautiful.

If you have glass inserts in your faux window picture frame, set them aside. Or if you are working with an old window that still has a glass pane, cover the glass. Next prime the fake window frame for a more even and durable finish. The easiest way is to use a primer spray paint. Next, either match the finish of the other windows in the room, or use your imagination to pick the perfect finish for your faux window from Rust-Oleum’s 20 different finish categories.

Make a Faux Window: Step #4. Attach the Poster
Once your fake window frame is dry, you are ready to attach the poster to its back. A simple stapler is all you need. First lay the poster face up on a large table. Next position the faux window over it.

The poster is likely to be bigger than the fake window, so move the frame around until the view past it looks perfect. With a pen, mark the poster along the faux window frame, so you’ll be able to cut the poster down to size. When the poster is cut, turn the fake window over and staple (or glue) the poster to the back of the frame.
Make a Faux Window: Step #5. Imitation Sunlight
To create the illusion that sunlight is streaming through your fake window, you can install a cheap, flat neon light fixture above your faux window.

If you choose this option, you will need to install window treatments on your fake window so as to conceal the neon light fixture. If you don’t wish to do this, simply hang your faux window at this stage of the project and enjoy the perfect view you always wanted.

But if you have an electrical outlet near your faux window, it’s a great idea to hang the neon light over the fake window frame. Pass the cord along the edge of the faux window, so it dangles on the side.

Now install a curtain rod over your faux window. The valance will hide the neon light fixture, and the curtains will hide the electrical cord. In addition, the curtain will hide the fact that your fake window isn’t flush with the wall, as a real window would be.

You can even hang a Venetian blind over the window for added realism. All these steps will enhance your faux window further, increasing the realism of the perfect view beyond and adding energy-efficient, fake sunlight to an otherwise dark room.

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