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Repurposed Window Cabinet

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This Window Cabinet project was featured at Design Sponge!

I have been wanting to make one of these cabinets out of a window for a long, long time. I finally got to it a few weeks ago.


old windowsWhen I got these windows, they were a little too new looking to suit me. I decided to store them outside so that they would get weathered.

100_1531This is the window I chose for this project.



100_1535I used pine boards to make a box for my cabinet. I use a lot of reclaimed lumber, but in this case I used new lumber. You can see that I have it clamped. I used wood glue and my nailer.


100_1539I added 2 shelves. Look closely and you can see that I use a speed square.   :) I glued, nailed and clamped the shelves.

100_1541I added a piece of bead board to the back. Again, I glued and nailed this in place around all the edges. I put my clamp across showing the placement of the shelves. I drew a line with my carpenter’s pencil to show where I should place my nails to secure the shelves.

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you may remember these shelves I picked up at yard sales a couple of weeks ago. I promised you that I would show you how I use these shelves. Well, here ya go!
100_1544I had a large black shelf that I tested out. I decided it would be wasteful to use this one.


100_1547 So, I decided to go with this smaller shelf. Can you see how I intend to use it? As trim for the top of my cabinet. I use it as faux crown molding!


100_1549It was too long, so I cut it down. But! The tricky part is, you can’t cut the ends off. You have to cut it in the middle.


100_1552OOPS! I had it laying the wrong way when I measured it, so it ended up being too short, so I had to add a piece in the center. Can you see now why you can’t cut off the ends? Those 2 pieces laying separate are part of the shelf that I cut out of the middle… they have a special job to do too.


100_1555They become the sides of my top piece. To firm everything up (because of all the chopped up cuts) I added a piece of luan.

100_1654This is the cabinet taking shape. The piece of luan is glued and nailed to the top of the cabinet. I actually had the window on with the original outside of the window facing out. I even had the hinges on it. But, I changed my mind and decided to flip the window over.

100_1558This picture shows the window before I switched it.

100_1661So I puttied the holes from the hinges, and trimmed the side some to make if fit properly. (at this point, I had the glass out of the window, so I trimmed the window on my table saw) I had decided to take the glass out, to make it easier to paint. I would not have used the table saw on this window with the glass attached. Here you can see that the right side is now more narrow (after I used the table saw)
I used spackling to cover up my oops on the trim.

repurposed window cabinetThis picture shows that I painted it Heirloom white with a very pale blue on the bead board. I only had a medium blue, but I tinted it with the heirloom white to lighten it.


repurposed window cabinet

Ta Da! It’s done! I used the original window hardware to make a latch.


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A teacher at heart, Gail relishes the chance not to show off her projects, but to help others find their inner handywoman, step-by-step. Her blog, MyRepurposedLife.com, chronicles her scrap-saving adventures and has been featured on countless DIY magazines and websites, including Women’s Day, Design*Sponge and Apartment Therapy. She is a longtime influencer for both Krylon spray paint and Gorrilla Glue. With a tribe of more than 400,000 followers, Gail is inspiring a new generation of DIYers to pick up some tools and get to work.
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  1. Rose Marie Haeni says:

    Was it you that at one time printed out the idea of a coffee pot changed into a lamp base?
    I have my mother’s, beautiful, Mirromatic percolator also yet, and would like to DIY and get to

    Could I please have the instructions again?


  2. I am totally impressed with the piece that you have created in the pictures, excellent job. I recently acquired a larger circa 1800 window pane that has 32 window panes of glass in it. The overall size is 6 feet wide x 8 feet long. I am going to carefully remove all of the glass , remove the putty and glazier points, strip it down and hand sand it back to the bare wood. I will than install 32 individual pieces of bronze antique mirror , put a back on it and hang it in our home. It is amazing what one can do with these old window frames and a little creativity such as you have done . Keep up the great work.

  3. I love everything you make. These window cabinets are just ONE of my favorite items you create.

  4. absolutely love your work and your ideas. do you have any ideas for a metal head board and foot board? thanks

  5. Howdy,

    That tool is called a Speed Square 😉 .. Awwsum Project!!!! Thanks fer tha ideas.

  6. Nice!

  7. Anonymous says:

    If you can build something that looks like this, I especially love it that you call it a triangle square thing. You go girl. I bet there are a lot of people out there that have the lingo for the tools and no cabinet to prove they can use em.

  8. Love your cabinet and it turned out really nice. Even after you had a problem with the cutting of the one piece, you kept going…that was good! Good inspiration!!

  9. Absolutely positively SPECTACULAR cabinet!! You make it look so EASY. Thanks so much for the great tutorial!

  10. There isn’t much to stay, execept this is AMAZING!!! What great vision and follow through. Thank you for coming to the party and inspiring me. Your work is wonderful.

  11. I just saw this on your blog. I am repurposing a homemade gun cabinet that, according to the picture in my head, will be almost identical! Thanks for the visual.

  12. I can’t believe it has taken me so long to find this! This is exactly what I want to do with some very large windows I bought off of craigslist. Trying to explain it to people is difficult and here you are with the very thing I’ve been looking for! Thank you, you did an awesome job!

  13. I love this idea! Our daughter needs something in her bathroom, but everything we have found is too deep! I never thought about building a shallow box and using a window for a door! Thanks for the inspiration … now if only I had some tools!

  14. Hi Gail…

    Ohhh my…I just love this project, my friend! What a fabulous way to repurpose those old windows! I have really enjoyed all of your “repurposing window” ideas…especially since I have a bunch that I’ve been wondering what I could do with them! Girl, you are soooo clever and creative…I would have never thought to use one of those wall shelves for crown moulding! It really was the “icing on the cake” to your beautiful shelf! Now…I also have to mention that I am so impressed by your carpentry skills…you’re awesome, Gail!!! Sooo…now I’m curious where you have put this beautiful window shelf and what you are displaying in it??? Inquiring minds want to know…hehe!

    My friend, I just loved this post and I’m so happy that you chose to share it with us today for Sunday Favorites!!! Thank you!!! It’s a fabulous idea and I missed it the first time around!

    I hope that you’re having a super Sunday!

    Warmest wishes and Christmas blessings to you and your family, Darlin’!

    Chari @Happy To Design

  15. Oh my! It is absolutely LOVELY!!! I think I need to see about getting one made for ME!!

  16. Beautiful! I bet it looks great decorated with lots of Christmas goodies.

  17. What a great makeover and redo!! Loved it. Beautiful job!

    Have a wonderful Christmas!!

  18. WOW! I would have never thought of doing that with an old window. I love it!

  19. I have three old windows that I keep looking at and wondering what to transform them into. I am definitely keeping your tutorial handy! Thank you so much for posting your creation. It is fabulous!
    Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

  20. Love it! Seriously…love it!


  21. Thanks for linking this up and I will AGAIN say how much I LOOOOVE it!! Way to go!!

  22. I just love this and your tutorial is great! I love old windows and I have never seen them used for this! Great job and thanks so much for linking up with us tonight! ~Ashley

  23. Be still my heart I am in love. I will be in our neck of the woods this weekend running a race. I am an Indy girl and I think I see a road trip in my future. I want to learn how to do that and I have plenty of windows to do it.

  24. Oh my gosh! I LOVE this! You are so very talented.
    Great job!

  25. I love this! The beadboard and colors are fantastic!

  26. Can I say, WOWOWOWOWOWWWO! This is fantastic! I love it, and it’s the most perfect transformation! I can’t tell you all the windows like this I’ve seen on the street and passed up! You’ve got me thinking now! Thanks for sharing, and inspiring!

  27. Really CUTE!! But soooooo much work!!YIKERS

  28. Girl, you are one amazing craftswoman! Just beautiful…
    peace, cindy
    (ps…I’m having my first giveaway, so pop on over when you can!)

  29. No I see your from Kentucky… Interesting add…from Canada on your website..??????? i’m baffled.
    Oh well

  30. Now THAT is the best transformation today.
    LOVE IT.
    You are great at carpentry and it shows.
    Happy MET Monday
    Love Claudie
    P.S. Are you in Canada, I am…I see an add for Roger’s here.?

  31. Wow! This is great. Wonderful carpentry skills. Looks totally professional. :) Can’t wait to see it filled up all pretty in your home :)

  32. Oh, this is great!! I love the result.


  33. My word but your good at stuff like this!!!

    I have a linky party going on, come on over and link up! http://theshadesofpink.blogspot.com/2009/10/room-month-great-pumpkin.html

  34. Talk about a transformation…oh, to be so creative…I love that cupboard!

  35. Fantastic cabinet! Its not an easy project that’s for sure! You are very talented!
    Have Fun~Happy Fall…

    ~Really Rainey

  36. You are amazing!

  37. So funny, I was just giving someone advice on what to do with an old window, and I told her to make it into a cabinet. I just sent her this link! Thanks for your fabulous post!


  38. This is just amazing to me! Did you do this all yourself? I’ve got to be braver about tackling bigger jobs myself!!

  39. Hi! Great job!
    The cabinet is lovely and functional!

    Stop by….

    Your blog is really inspiring!

    love, kelee

  40. Love this!!! When I read hooked on Junk, I knew I needed to check your blog out.

  41. Wonderful!!!

    thanks for sharing

    Barbara jean

  42. That turned out so great! I would not have thought to turn it into a cabinet.

  43. It’s beautiful! I’m definitely going to be checking out the rest of your blog.

  44. Love it – you make it look so easy!

  45. I love old windows too! You are super creative.

  46. Susan Fairchild says:

    beautiful! I’d love to try this sometime!

    (and btw – the tool is called a ‘speed square’ and is a VERY handy tool for many projects – I think we own two!)

  47. Are you for hire? Great job. I love the color you picked.

  48. Gorgeous. I love the re use of the shelf. You are one creative chick!!!

  49. It’s beautiful and one of a kind. The crown molding puts it over the top.

  50. Wow, I’m impressed. Wish I could do all that woodworking. I have the ideas but not the know how.

  51. Fabulous! Can you come and make me one now?!

    Wonderful cabinet!

    Debbykay @ Rose Cottage Gardens and Farm

  52. That is just fabulous!!

  53. That is great! I want it too!


  54. Hi Gail,
    Can I have it?! 😀 Wow, it turned out great. I am blown away, you did an awesome job. I’m going to have to keep my eye on you…I might learn a thing or two from you. Thanks for sharing and thank you for stopping by at A Petite Cottage. Drop on by again anytime.


  55. It’s fabulous!!!

  56. You did a beautiful job on this! I’ve been wanting to make one (or more) of these out of the old window sashes we’ve been taking out as we remodel our home. Now I have visual evidence for DH that it can be done! Thank you so much and keep up the GREAT work that you do!

  57. Wow..this looks great..
    Glad to have found your blog..I am going to follow so I won’t lose you. :O)
    Come by and visit when you can…

  58. Gorgeous! I’ve still got a stack of those windows left and this would be a perfect project to use them. Great job!

    (Stop by tomorrow, you’re gonna be a Diva!)

  59. Wow! You did an amazing job.

  60. I accidently found your blog – I can’t remember now how because I am very, very overwhelmed in a good way – this is wonderful! I love what you do and especially love this cabinet. Many years ago I found a dresser out on the curb and we took it, I stripped it and my husband replaced a side panel. I think it is my favorite piece of furniture in our dining room.

    I really makes you feel good to do this stuff.

    Thanks for sharing!


  61. You are a genious. I love this idea. Laura@the mansion

  62. Thanks all! You’re sooo kind to leave your comments!
    Question, how did you get the glass out without breaking it? I’ve never managed to do that. Please share your secret!
    The putty/glazing was mostly off of this window. It did have some glazier points that removed easily. I have 2 other windows just like this, so if I had broken a pane, I would have tried to borrow one from another window. So, sorry… I don’t really have a “secret”. I just chose a good specimen. :)

  63. Wow! That looks amazing. I love it! You did such a great job. Thanks for sharing.

  64. I want one!
    Such a cool project. I’m going to try to copy you…someday…maybe.

  65. Oh how I wish you were my neighbor! We would have so much fun, me watch while you create, lol. Love it, love it, love it. Hey did I tell you that I love it?? You’re awsome, glad I found you.

  66. It looks awesome! Great idea, and great job building it!!

  67. LOVE this!!! Thanks for the tips and details… its AMAZING!

  68. Wow! Nice job on that Gail! And I’m coveting those awesome clamps you have there. Had to laugh about the oops cut, thought I was the only one who did that.
    Question, how did you get the glass out without breaking it? I’ve never managed to do that. Please share your secret!

  69. Oh my gosh! I LOVE that! Great job. I have old windows but they aren’t that pretty. :( But I’ll be keeping my eyes open!

    Thanks so much for sharing!


  70. You always have the most wonderful idea’s – I have about 30 windows sitting in my basement right this minute. Oh, the places they could go.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  71. Wonderful! My Habitat for Humanity Re-Store has tons of old windows and doors, I’d love to try this. Thanks for always providing step-by-step tutorials that even someone like me could follow!
    ~ Anne

  72. Fabulous! So creative, I love it!

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