I love making projects using reclaimed windows, this repurposed window cabinet was put together with mostly scrap bits and pieces.
How To Make a Repurposed Window Cabinet
When 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.
Start with a reclaimed window
This is the window I chose for this project.
Construct a simple wooden frame box
I added 2 shelves. Look closely and you can see that I use a speed square. 🙂 I glued, nailed and clamped the shelves.
Add bead board to back of reclaimed window cabinet
I 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.
How to transform a wooden shelf into cabinet molding trim
See this small shelf? Can you see how I intend to use it? As trim for the top of my cabinet. I used it as faux crown molding!
It was too long, so I cut it down on my miter saw. But! The tricky part is, you can't cut the ends off. You have to cut it in the middle.
OOPS! 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.
They become the sides of my top piece. To firm everything up (because of all the chopped up cuts) I added a piece of thin plywood.
The reclaimed window cabinet is nearly finished
This 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.
This picture shows the window before I switched it.
Putty Patch and Paint
So 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 hand side is now more narrow (after I used the table saw)
I used spackling to cover up my oops on the trim.
This 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.
Pretty Window Cabinet
Ta Da! It's done! I used the original window hardware to make a latch.
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.