I needed a window shelf, well, I didn’t need one for myself—I needed one to sell in my Vendors’ Village booth. I’ve been selling a lot of items lately and the walls seem a little empty, so I thought “why not make an easy window shelf project”?
Free Windows for Repurposing
I got these free windows in August of 2015, and I think I’ve only used a couple for projects. I literally walked into the carport and grabbed the first window I saw.
Configure Window Shelf
I cut a 1x6 to size and used some scrap pieces of lumber as corbels or braces.
Yes—scrap pieces, because I don’t throw anything away.
Using Drop Offs for Projects
You can see where the braces came from in this picture of Rodney cutting out the arbor for the diy picket fence. I kept all the drop offs for future projects.
How to Use a Combination Square
I used my combination square to make sure the brackets matched on either side.
Secure Window Shelf Brackets
To attach the shelf to the brackets and the brackets to the window I used Gorilla Wood Glue and my Ryobi Nail Gun.
If you don't have scrap wood to make your own brackets, you could use something like these metal brackets, or some wooden corbels from Amazon.
Gray Chalk Paint
I went to look for a great color for painting the easy window shelf, and settled on Gray Days from Heirloom Traditions Chalk Type Paint.
You can see I used a well-loved cheap chip brush to apply the paint. I used some clear wax from HTP and a carwash sponge to apply the wax.
I had to scrape the old paint off the window, and it was a mess. Scraping the white paint off the window panes caused little dusty particles of paint to get all over the painted window. Note to self: next time scrape the window before painting it.
Add D Rings for Hanging Window Shelf
As always, I used my favorite d rings on the back of the window in order to hang the new window shelf. (I forgot to take a picture, but these are the d rings I always use)
I purchased some single hooks from D. Lawless Hardware to make some more But First, Coffee signs. I never got around to making more, so I used them on this window shelf. I've also used these vintage looking metal hooks. I used an emery board to lightly distress the paint.
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So, here it is staged on my privacy fence for kitchen use. I think it would be great to use for coffee cups and small knick knacks.
I love making projects out of old windows, and I’ve even made some shelves before, but not quite like this one.
If you have some old windows hanging around, get more inspiration with these repurposed window project ideas.
What have you made out of a window?
I just scrolled thru your old window projects. (again)
Soooo many cute ideas ! Truly inspiring !!!
Wishing I had more old windows to work with.
Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for sharing Gail 🙂 The shelf and 'corbels' are such a cute addition.
Your process details are very helpful.
I Do love old windows. I had an old cape cod in IL that needed new windows. I brought my old window stash with me to CO. So glad I did. I used several to make cabinets for my craft room (my fav place). So pretty to have fabrics, paints, and stuff peaking thru the windows. I find it inspiring.
Your shelf design will surely be on my To Do list. 🙂
Thank you so much! I truly appreciate you stopping by to check out my window projects. I love that you took those windows with you when you moved. That's definitely something I would do. It's awesome to have something from your former home in your new home.
I'm always here if you need anything!
love it! the color and finish is fantastic. great job!
Thank you Nova!
Amazing , time travel! You've already got the windows in Aug 2016!!!! Lol Can't wait to see what else you make before you get the Windows ! ????
good catch on that typo! 🙂
and sometimes I wonder if anyone really READS my post. Thanks for making me smile this morning.
I sure wish I could find a stash of old windows! LOVE your creation, Gail!
Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.
Cute and functional - a winning combination! Featured at Be Inspired this morning. Thanks so much for sharing, Gail!
yay! thank you for the feature Sharon! 🙂 That makes me smile.
So cute Gail! I love window projects, and your scraps are perfect for this, you could make a ton! 🙂
I know you have a great appreciation for saving scraps and not throwing anything out!
Debbie @ Refresh Restyle
Love it Gail! I have a thing for windows 😉 pinned it for later!
Thanks for pinning Debbie.... I definitely have a "thing" for windows. I have so many in my stash, I could easily make every project in that Window Projects Roundup!
Turned out great!
Malissa - Southern Sawdust
I would love this in my bathroom! I never considered adding a shelf! How clever you are! Thanks for the idea!
I wish my bathroom had a place for this window shelf... ohhh wait! I could put it over the toilet. I might have to see how that looks Malissa! thanks for the input!
LOVE!!! I enjoy all the posts on your blog but the ones you create yourself are always the best.
Have a great day Gail!
Thank you so much Anne! I appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment. Headed over to pay you a visit and catch up!