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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.