Thursday, March 5, 2020

10 Ways to Use Old Windows in Your Décor


Old windows are so dreamy. Although they are rarely practical or energy efficient, they are far more lovely than modern vinyl windows. So why not work a few into your home décor and enjoy the unique beauty that they can add!

STYLES OF OLD WINDOWS


There are also so many styles of old windows to consider for your décor. My favorite are the multi-pane, wood-frame varieties. And, if their wood frames are covered in chippy, white paint--all the better.


Leaded glass windows are also gorgeous, yet hard to find--not to mention, pricey. But I do love the intricate patterns and shapes in some of those old windows, so I'm always on the look out.

And even more expensive, but abundantly beautiful, are stained glass windows. I have always love the big gothic-style arched windows with colorful mosaics that shine so brilliantly in the sunlight.

Lastly, I'll even snag a wooden window frame without any glass inside, if I can find them. They look so pretty hanging on the wall, and there are tons of projects for upcycling them, as well.


WHERE TO FIND OLD WINDOWS


Every once in a blue moon, I'll get lucky and find an old window at a garage sale for a bargain price. But I'll be honest and tell you that this is a true rarity, in my experience.

Last summer, my sister came across two beautiful ones at a garage sale for around $5. She had planned to put them in our booth when we participated in a local vintage market, but I made her promise that she would use them in her décor, or sell them to me so that I could! A deal like that just doesn't happen very often!

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Nearly all of the windows that I've acquired for our own décor have come from vintage dealers. They just always seem to have the best selection and the best quality (i.e. glass intact, original hardware, beautiful patina).

I've heard a number of my blogger friends talk about finding old windows curbside on trash collection day, but I have never experienced that in my life. That would feel like winning the lottery to this vintage loving gal!

HOW TO USE OLD WINDOWS IN YOUR DÉCOR


Let's take a look at 10 ways you can start using old windows within your own décor!

1. MASK A PASS-THROUGH


We recently covered up a pass-through between our kitchen and family room by hanging an old window I'd found from a dealer who was de-stashing their collection. Since we aren't planning to open up a diner in our living area anytime soon, this was an easy project to cover up an awkward space.

You can see the full project here.


Source: Thistlewood Farms

2. MAKE A CALENDAR


KariAnne of Thistlewood Farms has some of the most inspiring ideas, and I truly love her style. A little chalkboard paint can turn something ordinary into something extraordinary that's as practical as it is pretty.

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Source: Liz Marie Galvan

3. BUILD A MEDICINE CABINET


Using an old window as a door for a cabinet is such a useful way to upcycle and repurpose a salvaged piece. Honestly, this window looks like it's always belonged on this cabinet!

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Source: Lil' Luna

4. CHARMING WALL HOOK


This idea is as practical for hanging towels in the bathroom as it is for tidying up jackets in the entryway.


Source: Bless This Nest

5. MAKE A ROOM DIVIDER


Similar to the way we masked our kitchen pass-through, you can easily create separation between large rooms by hanging a window to act as a partition.

{Related: How To Cover Up a Kitchen Pass-Through}


Source: Starshine Chic

6. FRAME A PRINT


Who wouldn't love to look out their window at a panoramic view of Paris? The next best thing just might be framing a favorite print with a window for a creative piece of wall art.


Source: Raggedy Bits

7. MAKE A CHALKBOARD


Using specially formulated paint, you can turn any piece of glass into a chalkboard with very little effort. This one is lovely for an entryway!

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Source: The Afdem Farmhouse

8. BUILD A SHELF


By adding a couple of shelf brackets and a length of wood, you can easily turn a window into a practical shelf for displaying photos or special items.


Source: Bless This Nest

9. HIGHLIGHT A WREATH


I love working wreaths into our decor, and hanging one in front of another piece of decor helps to highlight it in a pretty way.


Source: Brittany York

10. LAYER FOR DECOR

Sometimes, just layering several old windows of varying heights can produce the most dramatic effect of all!


Which of these ideas do you plan to try in your own home? I'd love to hear about it in the comments below!

Be sure to tag me on Instagram and Facebook when you post photos of windows in your decor. And if you want to find this collection of inspiring ideas later, remember to pin it!




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  1. Several years ago I was with girlfriends in Portland OR driving through an older neighborhood (on our way to VooDoo Donuts!) when the two of us in the back seat spotted old windows at the curb with a Free sign on them. We kinda freaked out the gal who was driving when we started telling her to stop--she thought something was really wrong! We got 3 nice windows with glass and chippy paint. I wanted mine to use to display photos, one per pane with photo corners so they can be changed out as long as they are the same size.

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