Renovating your home definitely entails a lot of decisions. For example, what would you do with all the old windows you replaced? In this feature, you’ll find 30 marvelous ways to re-purpose your old windows instead of throwing them away. And they are all projects that you can do on your own!
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1. Turn your old window into a family command center
Assigning chores has never been this easy, Mom! This is totally perfect for busy families who can’t be bothered with reminding every single time. Turning your old windows into a family command center, you can now leave notes and reminders for everyone in the house. You can even add pockets and a calendar so bills are well-kept and everyone is updated with what’s going on with everyone.
2. Make a mini greenhouse
Are you into gardening? Having old windows is definitely a great opportunity for you to give your plants a really nice home by turning these old windows into a mini greenhouse. This idea is also perfect for creating a space for your little house plants or for people who are just starting with gardening.
3. Turning your old windows into a bathroom cabinet
Your old windows can also be turned into something useful for your bathroom! Creating a cabinet for your bathroom essentials is definitely a great addition to this part of your home. You can put it against your bathroom wall and in places that are accessible for you.
4. Making an antique looking cabinet with your old windows
Do you know what makes a home more classic? Antiques! By using old windows and maintaining their original hues and materials, you can create vintage looking cabinets and place them around your house. This project’s antique vibe will surely create a nostalgic ambiance to your home.
5. Create a coffee table
Turning your old windows into a coffee table is another fabulous and functional way to turn old things into another useful item in the house. In this project, the coffee table will have a transparent top that can be lifted. This way, you can create a compartment that can be used to store magazines and books or even photo albums that your guests can read and explore while staying in the living room. It’s definitely a smart way to add more space to your home, too!
6. Turning your windows to create a beautiful family photo gallery
We all love seeing photos of our family and being reminded of the beautiful moments captured in them. With old windows, making your family photo gallery is taken to a whole new level as it includes a personal touch and tons of creativity! Plus, this project will not require you to spend much at all.
7. Using an old window as a backdrop for artwork
If you are into painting, turning your old windows as backdrops to your art work might be a great idea. They don’t only create a vintage vibe for your work, they are totally cheap and unconventional, too. Simply get the frame of your old windows and place them at the back of your painting and voila! You have a vintage artwork and up-cycled your old stuff, too.
8. Turn old windows into a vintage headboard
Old windows as headboard? Why not? They add a vintage appeal to your room and will surely transform it into something more unique. You should consider your entire room for this project and clean or repaint your old windows as necessary before hanging them on your wall. You may even choose smaller windows to create an illusion that the bedroom is larger than it actually is.
9. Creating a stained glass artwork
Now, this next project may require you to be wary of sharp edges because you’re going to make a stained glass artwork from your old windows. All you need are pieces of colorful glass, a creative mind, your old windows and clear silicone caulk and you can go and create your very own version of stained glass masterpiece!
10. Creating a hanging pot rack
With a few tweaks to your old window frames, you can make yourself a DIY hanging pot rack that will hold your kitchen essentials just above your head. After cleaning and making sure your window frames are sturdy enough to hold considerable weight, you only need to hang it real strongly and you can now hang your pots and pans and have them ready for use anytime.
11. Making use of old windows as part of kitchen island
Another great way to re-purpose your old windows is by incorporating them in your kitchen island design. This idea does not only make your kitchen island serve another purpose as a cabinet but it also makes your kitchen island look customized.
12. Create decorative plant boxes
This is another idea that will be loved by gardeners at heart. Using old window frames to create box planters is definitely a creative way to make more space for your plants and hang them on your porch, adding beauty to your home.
13. Turn your old windows into a decorative hallway mirror
Adding a mirror in your home makes the room look bigger. Why not make use of your old windows and transform them into a decorative mirror that adds an illusion of space to your living room or hallway? The ones that you can buy in shops will surely cost more than this do-it-yourself project.
14. Create a fireplace screen out of old window frames
If you have a fireplace in your home, you can definitely use old window frames and turn them into a simple yet functional fireplace screen! You just need to clean up your tattered window frames, resize them to match the size of your fireplace and add some strong hardwood as feet and voila! You now have a fireplace screen that will help in preventing the soot and dust and coming out of the fireplace.
15. Turn your old windows into a moving divider
Through the use of old windows, you can now create two rooms out of one! After cleaning up and repainting your old windows, preferably tall and big ones, you can connect them and create a moving room divider. You can use it to separate your side of the room from your roommates or you can use it to create a divider between the living room and kitchen. Because it is mobile, you can bring it anywhere inside you house and use it for different occasions.
16. Using old window frames as cork board
This old window re-purposing project is one for the organized. To help you be reminded of your tasks ahead, you can always make use of repainted old window frames as a wine cork board. By simply putting a panel of wood behind your window frames and pasting wine corks in the middle of the frames, you now have a reminder board that you can take even to the office so you won’t have to worry about forgetting tasks anymore.
17. Turning your old windows into a towel rack
A towel rack is definitely an essential in your bathroom. Why not create one with your old windows? This do-it-yourself towel rack idea will surely add a rustic look to your bathroom, too!
18. Create a shadow box from old window
Adding a creative and personalize decoration in your room is never a problem if you have old windows at your disposal. Why not try this amazing shadow box idea using old windows? All you need is t repaint and clean up the used windows, be imaginative and work your way into making a shadow box of your own design!
19. Turn old windows into a vintage-inspired entryway
To add flair and uniqueness to your home, you can make your guest appreciate your creative home designing by giving them an epic and vintage entry to your humble abode. Some people might go for contemporary designs, but by using old windows, you will be able to give your guests and onlookers a rustic vibe by going towards the classic and vintage designs. Sometimes, going for vintage is much more cooler!
20. Creating a jewelry organizer
For women, simply wearing the right clothes is not enough. The right accessories should come along, too! Organizing your jewelry and fashion accessories is now easier because of this fabulous do-it-yourself project! Just clean up your old windows, repaint it and add hooks to make it function as a personalized jewelry holder.
21. Incorporating old windows in your fences
You can use old windows as part of your garden fences, too. It certainly adds design and flair to your fences and make it look more unique.
22. Build a glass house for your plants
If you can create a mini-greenhouse with your small old windows, why not go all out and create a full-scale glass greenhouse for your garden? This idea is totally cheaper than having to build a greenhouse from scratch and it even helps in giving your old windows a new purpose.
23. Turn your old window into a glass serving tray
Your used windows are absolutely versatile! In fact, you can even use them in creating vintage-inspired glass serving trays. You can be creative and put some paint on the glass to make the tray more eye-catching. A full window can be divided into at least four trays which means you won’t have to worry about serving more people the next time you have guests come over!
24. Create a vintage map display
Your old window frames can also be utilized once more as a mainframe for a vintage map display. This design idea gives a rustic vibe to your home and can of course aid in your kids’ geography lessons!
25. Create a side table using old windows
Do you have small used windows that you don’t know what to do with anymore? Worry no more because you can totally use these as your new living room side table! It is definitely something your guests won’t miss.
26. Turn your old windows into a creative wedding seating chart
Weddings are all about special things. Even the littlest details matter on this special day! This fantastic idea of turning old windows into a wedding seating chart is another way to add uniqueness to your wedding, don’t you think?
27. Using old windows as your shower door
Re-purposing your old windows as shower doors is not only a great idea, it is totally one-of-a-kind as well. And, it is also cheap. So the next time you need to replace a shower door, you might want to think of old windows lying in your storage before having another one made.
28. Using old window frames to create a rustic quilt project
Now, this project here is a smart way to re-purpose not only your old windows but your old quilts as well! Do you have old quilts that have amazing patterns but would rather not use in the bedroom anymore? Well, the solution to that is by making a rustic quilt project using said quilt and old window frames. You just hang this art work on your wall and your room will surely be transformed into a more vintage-inspired area.
29. Creating a family art project for display
Old windows can also be used for your family’s artwork project! With one family member taking each of the frame, you can all be creative and make designs and patterns of your own. This joint family project will then be hanged on your wall so you will always be reminded of your bonding moments!
30. Creating a chalkboard calendar with old windows
Another old window project that would surely help a family be more organized is by turning the old window into a chalkboard calendar. Each frame can be a day of the week and anyone can put their schedule so each member of the family knows each other’s appointments the whole week.
Well, there you have it! If you have old windows lying around somewhere in your home, I suggest you make them into something more creative. Have fun with your chosen project and don’t forget to include your family in this opportunity to bond together and create amazing things!
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