We recently replaced our old single pane windows with new energy efficient double hung wonders and I couldn't be happier. Full screens and no more storm windows , YES! But now what to do with those old but beautiful chippy windows? I'd like to share with you some ideas for those windows, I've been hoarding out in the barn.
We'll start inside, depending on the shape your windows are in this might be the best bet.
Pam at Our Adventures in Home Improvement shows howto turn an old window into a Display piece
If all your left with is a frame, then that works too. How about a blackboard organizer.
Using them to create a special frame, insert mirrors in one that has a different shape, create a cabinet door or a back drop for another framed item or display is another couple of great ideas.
If they are in good shape here are a couple of plans for your garden.
Very simple DIY cold frames are a good use for old windows.
Easy to Follow Tutorial at Grow Garden Tomatoes. This is a very simple and easy to construct cold frame but you could also use bails of hay and just top with a window for a less permanent option.
Create a "Window Box" on your garage or shed by adding a box to an old window and hanging it on the wall. Then it can be moved easily or changed out to maximize the seasonality of the plants.
Or ago all out and build yourself a greenhouse!
From a small version by Picket Fence Cottage
To the extravagant
Wow.. This is The Pineapple Rooms' Glass House
Depending on your needs there is something in the middle that will work for you.
This is just a very small list of ideas for upcycling windows. There are so many ideas out there, like additions to fences or railings. faux stained glass projects, table tops and the list goes on and on.
At one point you would see these old windows sitting out in front of old barns and along road sides but now people have realized their value. Check with your neighbors, they could have some in their barn or your local habitat restore, I see they have them often at a cheaper price than what they are going for at the local antique stores. But before to get some before they are all gone, I think you'll be happy you did.
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