This roundup of old window ideas will inspire you to think outside the box to repurpose that window you found at the thrift store or on the side of the road. Click on the links below for a complete tutorial on any of these old window ideas.
Repurposed Window Projects
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I’m sharing a roundup of some repurposed old window projects. I hope you find something to inspire you to grab an old window from someone’s trash and make it into something useful.
Old Windows as Decor
Decor options for upcycled windows are limitless. You can use quilts, photos, rub-on transfers, old doilies and more!
Don't you just love this fireplace screen made from an old window?
Shelf ideas are really easy to do, with only a few tools. You can make your own corbels, braces, etc. Maybe you're not very handy with tools? If that's the case shop on Amazon, or your local hardware store for options.
Shadow Box Hook Shelf made from a Window
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Gray Window Shelf (easy project)
Make a Cabinet out of Old Windows
You can turn your old windows into cabinets or cupboards with a little DIY knowhow. These cabinets can hang on the wall or rest on the floor. They can be two windows side by side, or made tall for extra storage that doesn't have a large footprint.
One of my first old window ideas-- a Window Cabinet
This tall country cupboard (windows for doors) was made using 2 windows and some reclaimed lumber from a vintage waterbed. Sometimes lumber comes from where we least expect it.
window cabinet (without panes)
Repurposed Nightstand with window door
The great thing about using building materials such as windows, is they can be utilized outdoors for greenhouses, barbeque cabinets, potting benches and so much more. Be sure to see all the ideas viewable on the thumbnail list below.
Repurposed Old Windows as Chalkboards
I suppose you've seen windows turned into chalkboards and memo centers? It may be one of the simplest ways to upcycle an old window.
Window Memo Center (chalkboard, corkboard, write-on/wipe-off)
Unique Old Window Ideas
Perhaps you haven't thought of these unique ideas for old windows? You can decoupage, apply transfers, add chicken wire and more!
decoupaged window-reversible art
window with chicken wire (memo)
Decor Transfers on Old Windows
From the archive of old window ideas a pretty blue window with a rub on transfer.
quick makeover old window with vinyl
Now go rescue a window! Which old window idea is your favorite?
So many ideas, so little time!
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Nov.17 2019. Have 12 old windows and needed ideas for cabinets for displaying ceramic items I have collected. Thanks for the ideas.
Happy to help out Gail! I love old window projects!
I am so excited to stumble across this site today. It is just what I needed to cheer me up as I am home sick and could use the inspiration since retiring! I look forward to many great ideas.
Thank you Joyce! I'm happy you found me!
I'm always here if you have any questions.
Hey Gail, love all your ideas!! Now I need to find some old windows!! lol You've inspired me to try to make some of these projects!! Love ya'
chris aka monkey
gail love so many but the window cabinets blow my dress up ha ha love them xx
Love me some good inspiration! Such a great round up Gail!
What a great round up. I just love that bathroom cabinet !
Me too,now if i could just get hubby to help me make one
Angie @ Knick of Time
Thanks for sharing my window in such an awesome round-up, Gail!
I'm pinning it, and sharing on FB! 🙂
Angie @ Knick of Time
I love, love, love using old windows in new ways! Thanks for including mine in this awesome round-up, Gail!
Pinning & Sharing on Facebook!
Debbie Refresh Restyle
Love them all! I have a couple more windows and you have me thinking! Pinning for later!
I have an old window that's about 5' X 5' with glass panes. It is large and heavy but would be perfect on a large wall in my living room. Any ideas on how to hang this thing? Im afraid to drill into it because of the glass panes. Thanks.
I am a lover of DIY genre!! Not creative on my own, but I love getting ideas from other talented people, like you! I picked up over a year ago the side rail of a discarded baby bed at the end of someone's driveway. I just knew it could be repurposed into something wonderful, I just didn't know what. I have painted it all black and it has leaned up against the wall of my craft room for a year now. I am waiting for the right "ah-ha" moment. Maybe you could provide that?? It is 50" inches tall & 26.5" inches wide with 12 slats/bars, that are spaced 3 " apart.
Ideas?? And lest you think I'm a total wimp, I have repurposed two different window frames and love both ideas; one. Hangs in my laundry room with vintage kitchen tools hanging from it and the other one is outside on my patio that says, "This is my quiet space, my happy place " in black painted letters.
Here are some projects I've done with old cribs. https://www.myrepurposedlife.com/crib-projects/
Jorunn M. Nilsen
CanI order 2 oz of your creativity? I'll pay for priority shipping.
thanks for putting them all in one place!! Still looking for narrow windows to use as doors...
Full Circle Creations
The cabinet ones are my favorite. I love seeing them all together!
Cassie @ Primitive & Proper
the chicken wire and the chalkboards are my favorite! 🙂
I Play Outside The Box
I love all of these...the cabinets are my favorites...and I love the shelf window too! I tried to leave a comment a bit ago....and it came up as an error....hope it works this time.
Can't believe I never saw the decoupaged one, tztz. Still have a beautiful window frame, but no glass pane in it. Otherwise be temped to copy=cat that one ;o).
Have a wonderful day,