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How to Repurpose Old Windows

October 30, 2014 Categories: Home Renovation Tips

In this post you will learn …

  • About how you can use old windows to decorate your home.
  • How different sized windows can be repurposed for decorations or furniture.

If you’re replacing the old windows in your house with new ones, don’t throw them out. Instead, use them to create unique focal pieces for any room in your home.

Repurposed windows can be turned into wall art that touts a special quote, photograph frames that showcase your family, unique jewelry organizers for your accessories, or, for those who are handy with a hammer and nails, a piece of furniture. (Yes, we said furniture!)

Below are four great ways to repurpose your old windows when you replace them with new ones.

Prior to starting any of the projects listed below, you’ll want to prepare your old windows:

  1. If necessary, repair any broken areas.
  2. Paint, stain or distress the frame, if desired.
  3. Clean the glass with a rag and vinegar or window cleaner and let dry completely.
  4. Locate studs in the wall if you plan to hang the design.
  5. Enjoy!

Make Wall Art

Learn how to repurpose old windowsYou don’t need to be as crafty as Martha Stewart to take your old window and turn it into a piece of wall art. In fact, all you need is the window and a peel and stick image or saying that you love (found at most craft stores). To make, simply clean the window, allow to dry and then peel and stick your wall art onto the pane. So easy yet oh so cute! (See an example here)

Frame Your Photos

Everyone loves to display family photographs, and repurposed windows offer a unique way to do just that. This idea uses matted photographs that are then held on to the frame by twine. It’s easy to make and almost guaranteed to be the only frame of its kind on your block – until your neighbors see yours and decide to make one for their home! Another beautiful idea: Group together family photographs and then hang oversized letters that spell out your family name, or a word that describes your family above, between, or beneath the frames. We love this idea from Cottage Interest, which utilizes two narrow window panes, a variety of family photographs, and letters that spell out the word ‘family’.

Organize Your Accessories

Get ideas on how to decorate with old windows. Turn your old window into a brand new jewelry organizer – really! Prepare the window (see below), screw small hooks into the frame, prop the piece on your dresser or a table, and then fill with your favorite accessories. You can leave the panes of glass clear or you might use doilies or patterned paper on the glass, as is shown in this gorgeous example.

Furnish the House

How about using those old windows to create a new piece of furniture? We discovered this beautiful bookcase or board game cabinet, which utilizes an old window as the front panel, on Thrifty Decorating. Or how about pairing today’s popular pallet board projects with your repurposed window to make an interesting coffee table, or even a nightstand to use beside your bed?

And don’t forget to check out the Stanek Windows Pinterest board for additional inspirations and ideas!