If you’ve renovated or redesigned your home recently, or bought a fixer-upper that you’ve done work to, it’s quite possible your burning question is: “What can I do with these old windows?” And quite simply, the answer is “A lot!”
There are so many ways to be creative with items in your home that are laying around. All you need is a little elbow grease, a creative mind, some time and place to do the work. These projects can cost you as little or as much as you can put into them, and the results will make your guests wonder in awe how much you spent for the decorative items around your home.
Not to mention, by salvaging or reclaiming old items, like doors and windows, you’re saving the local landfill from extra trash, and you’re saving yourself a trip to the dump.
Here are a few ideas you can use to re-purpose those old windows and to make them your own. Remember, you’re only as limited as your imagination and the most important thing is to have fun with these projects and to make them your own, whatever that means.
By removing the old glass panels off a window, you automatically have a preset frames to place your favourite family photos. If you have a really long empty wall in a room you’d like to do something fun with, why not create a beautiful gallery wall with multiple windows as picture frames. If the door is patina-filled, print your photos in sepia tone to really bring out the oxidized look.
By creating shelving behind the windows you can create unique-looking cabinets for around the house. You can display your books, collectibles, figurines, and pretty much anything you want to have out for all to see. You can even use it as a cabinet in the bathroom for your toiletries, or hang it next to your bed as a wall stand.
If you’ve bought a mattress but no bedframe, or want to replace your old bedframe with something funky, paint an old window frame to match your bedroom decor and hang it above your head. If you have a queen- or king-sized bed, you might want to use an old window-paneled door to cover the width, or use multiple window frames as well. You can keep the glass panels intact or replace them with photos (see above), with fabric that matches your bedding or anything else you can think of to add a little pizzazz to your boudoir.
It’s easy to add a little je-ne-sais-quoi to your living room by creating a unique coffee table or an intriguing dining room table. Creating the base is as simple as using an existing one and removing the top, or purchase some items at your big box stores to create your own legs. You’ll likely want to make the top surface even so you can put your drinks on them without fear of spilling anything, so you can put a glass panel on top of the window frame, or make the panels even by adding thicker glass to them.
If you live in a smaller home where you need to create a division of space where it doesn’t already exist, or if you have a really large room and want to divide the space into different functional areas, you can use large window frames or doors to do so. By hanging them on the wall, you’re automatically creating a natural divide.
Buying hooks and wire that are strong enough to hold the door or window, hang them from the ceiling. If you’re using an old window, and want to create privacy between the two spaces, paint the glass an opaque colour or you can buy a film to place on the glass that will allow light to shine through, but you won’t be able to see through.