Thursday, May 13, 2010

Old Wood Framed Windows

Anyone else have a stack of old wood framed windows laying around?  If you're like me, you have a pile of good intentions, but maybe don't have the "Aha!" idea that gets you moving on a project.  Well do I have some ideas for you!  I love making something new out of something old - a new piece with history that is unique.

Some ideas are so simple.  I took one window and simply hung it on a wall in my daughter's room across from the one window in her room.  I am yet undecided about whether I will put pictures of flowers in the glass or floral stick-ons maybe.  (Her room has floral decor.)  By itself looks fine too, so there it is - as simple as just hanging it!

Here's a decorated window from growingpanesdecor on Etsy.  The extra touches add a lot! 

I am amazed at the talent of people like preciouspages on Etsy.  This window has been turned into a real work of art...and it's being sold for charity!

Another idea...
I found this window at my local Habitat for Humanity ReStore for $5.00 - that's right, $5.00!  I bought some decorative L-brackets ($20 for four) and painted them to give them an old, patina look, and then put them onto the window with some old salvaged wood I had sitting around. 

We hung this window shelf above the stove to serve as a spice rack, but it clearly holds much more!  *If you do this, be sure to secure it with screw into studs.  You don't want this to fall.

Another fun and creative idea is this Chalkboard Organizer from adropinthebucket on Etsy.  I don't think I ever would have thought of this - what a great idea!

A few more ideas for using old windows for which you can find how-to steps online:
  • greenhouse
  • mirror (replace broken panes with mirror)
  • space divider
  • table top (just add legs)
  • pot rack
  • hanging candle holder
  • cupboard
  • backdrop in the garden
  • garden vine support (if glass is missing)
  • tray (smaller windows)
There are so many ideas.  The hard part is choosing which one you want to do. 


  1. LOVE the window shelf! What a beautiful idea!! Actually they are all fantastic ideas! thank you for sharing them! Your blog is lovely!

  2. That chalkboard is awesome! I love the idea for the pot rack too. I really must vist the HFH store that just opened here. Thanks for the great ideas.

  3. So many great things you can do with these windows now. Years ago when I had a 6 pane window I did a mirror with some wood appliques and had it in my living room. I love the new things now with the combination memo/chalk/bulletin boards.

  4. Wow! That is the most idealistic, most practical and organize place you have their. Spice rack really is a great tool in making one's place more hip and categorize accordingly.

  5. I love the shelves! what a great way to make something old new again!

    found you via etsy forums, i hope you'll come visit me too:

  6. So many useful things that can be made into a spice rack. Nice work. It'great model.

  7. Great tutorials!
    What a really cute shelf and so functional as well.

    thanks for webmaster and all the nice comments!!

  8. So many useful things attractive shelf and windows colorful and systematic shelf.Thanks for the searing same. Wood windows