In our world, old windows are pretty common. Really pretty ones? Not so common. But here are five ideas to re-invintage even plain wood windows into something unique and wonderful.
If you search for ideas on Pinterest for repurposing old windows, you'll see hundreds of images - from simple wallhangings to elaborate Victorian-esque hothouses. But here are our five favorites:
So why are these five our favorites? Two reasons. First, practicality. Each of these are do-able by anyone, and don't require special tools or cutting a window to fit. Second, personality: each of these projects will be unique and personal to you.
A few tips and pointers if you want to tackle a window project:
1. Make sure the glass is intact; if not, remove it or add glazing compound to re-seal it. For outdoor projects, we suggest removing the glass (Hail happens, y'all. So do flying pebbles from lawn mowers and weed-eaters.)
Next week, we'll show you how to to quickly and safely remove glass and those razor-sharp glazier's points!
2. Assume the window was probably painted with lead-based paint. Scrape and sand outside to remove any flaking paint. Wear a mask. When you're done distressing it, wash it down with a heavy-duty cleaner like Krud Kutter or Dixie Belle White Lightning to remove any lead dust. Paint or seal with wax or clear sealer before hanging.
3. Add D-rings, eyebolts, or heavy-duty sawtooth hangers to safely hang windows with glass intact.
Have we inspired you? If you need a window step out on our back porch - we almost always have a nice assortment, nicely priced.
Have you reinvintaged a window? Do you want to try one? Comment below to tell us all about it!
Meet the Authors
We're Terry & Sherri, known by some as the Southern Pickin' Chicks. We do love to pick, and paint, polish and press our finds before we offer them to our fans and friends. Follow along on our adventures!