We are replacing all our windows. The old ones are single pane. Most still have the glass. Some do not. The wood is weathered looking. Any craft ideas? So far I plan on making shadow boxes out of a few. I would love to hear your ideas!
You can faux stain glass or etch them and hang them either indoors or out. I think there's also a spray out there that'll mirror them and you can alternate the panels. They may also look nice mounted from brackets on a fence so that it stands away from the fense and gives a 3d look. the brackets would be on both top and bottom to brevent them swaying. They can be used as picture frames as well. I've also seen some with flowers pressed between the original pane and glass.
Theyu can also have the glass removed and cork alone or wrapped in fabric replaced in the spaces for memo boards. you can also use them to make panels over a frame for a cold frame by hinging one side and using dowels to prop the other side open as needed.
I can go on and on...there are several good craft books out there with ideas for recycling things like this or found at yard sales or flea markets.
I also love to find old windows to put into my garden. Here is a picture of what I did with one of them. The paint on the glass is glass paint and painted from the back side. We attached it to the house very firmly. lol
I also just got another larger one with 6 or 8 panes of glass from my dads neighbor. I'm still thinking about how I want to do that one too.
Great treatment to the window. I pictured several ceramic other media brightly colored frogs surrounding it, kind-of trying to figure out how they could get into the window to the lily pads. Could be a nice 3d addition.
I have turned one into a pot rack. I hung it from the ceiling with chain and put hooks in it to hold pots. I have seen one on TV the other day where they made one into a coffee table. They made a box for it and put the window on top for a shadow box affect.
SoCal~So pretty! I have an old window...I need to find someone to paint it! Where do you live???? Oh ya! I just went and looked...Huntington Beach, CA...I'll drop it off on my way to Vegas to see my DD & DN at the end of the month...wait...I guess it's not on my way:) I wish it were, that's beautiful. K~
K, that sounds like a lovely area to go camping. Glad you all had a good time. I haven't been camping for several years and I do miss it. I was raised in a camping family and we used to camp everywhere...loved it and now I'm just too old to sleep on the ground anymore. lol
We love camping...we bought an Aero bed and love it. I would like to get the frame. My DPs bought us a bigger tent so I can really set up house. DH, DB and DF are planning and designing a camp trailer that will be all inclusive. I'd like to get bunks for kiddos that want to stay and the little tall room that holds the potty so I don't have to wake DH to take me to the potty. I sleep pretty well with a little help so do make it till am now:) My fibromyalgia doesn't make sleeping anywhere much fun so what's the difference? We like tent camping too...call us crazy...not that I would turn down a nice trailer but for the $$$ I'll stick to the tent. Camping anywhere in the Pacific Northwest is wonderful. We did enjoy Yellowstone and Mt Rushmore too. My sis-in-law and I have taken our 7 kids to 23/24 different states by car to include British Columbia on my end and Mexico on hers when she lived in San Diego. We've also been to Big Island, HI and Oahu for 2 months when she lived there. Not by car...:)
Wow! Lucky you. Old windows are an awesome find. So many things you can do with them. Here are a few that I like:
Replace panes with mirrors. (paint, distress, stain wood as desired). Hang on wall as you would any large mirror. I've seen some gorgeous examples with coat of white paint over existing/partially peeling paint, sanded off in places for that shabby chic look. Wall "mirrors" of this type are quite expensive.
Paint in a color to match the external trim on your house and place window on a windowless exterior wall of your house. This works esp well on a garage wall - to break up the huge, windowless expanse. Can also add a window box planted with colorful flowers to continue the illusion and/or "hang" curtains on the inside of the window (against the house).
Replace panes with mirrors and hang on a garden wall to give the illusion of a larger garden. Best used where it will reflect a very lovely shrub, tree, etc.
Put eye bolts in top of window frame. Suspend window from ceiling via decorative
chain to make a sort of "room or space divider". The open design helps to dilineate space without closing off the space.
Here are the windows that caught my eye when they had gourds growing on them.
Arizonabelle lives up the road from me and I would pass her house all the time. Since I love gourds, I decided to stop (being the shy person that I am) and introduce myself. We are now great friends and she has joined DG...and my group of Gourd ladies.
These windows look great when they have things growing on them. Jo
Hey everyone! Yall have all had such WONDERFUL ideas! I may have enough windows to try them all! I am going to make a large cold frame first then use the rest for fun stuff. Thank you all so much for the ideas.
Hi Everyone! Happy New Years! Yes this is what DH and I are doing this new years'. He's going to the Outback Steak House to pick up some salads and appetizers and we will be staying in! I have been googling my fingers off to try and find some ideas for the old wood window I have. Originally my plan was to paint beautiful flowers on them, so I enrolled in Donna Dewberry's class. I am enjoying that, but my painting is not reading for display so I will continue that. Over the holiday I made some windows for friends and daughter in laws. They turned out beautiful but there is no real skill involved. I bought the crackle paint from Michaels. Took all the glass out of the windows and bought mirror to go in, in place of the glass. The crackle effect is really neat. You have to use their undercoat and their top coat. One one, I painted white first, then the black. When the black started to do its crackle thing the white came through. Once dried, I put a coat of modge podge on it, and on this one, I put four white porcelin nobs accrose the botttom to hang keys on. It really looked great. I've done four others in different colors. Mine had a gold base with white over top. Its going in my foyer to add a little more light. I am going to do coffee tables and end tables, and probably something from the ceiling to hang pots and pans. I'm really looking for something else though. Does anyone have any links to places that have more that a couple of windows. I'm really batting a big fat zero. Thanks for your help! I look forward to getting to know you folks in the weeks and months to come. Have a good night.
Many thanks! Someone on the highway put out a bunch of old windows
with a sign that read "TAKE FREE". So I did.
I knocked out the clear panes, then used sheets of stained glass to make
a new window. Some of the old panes popped right out, so after tracing around
the glass on the sheet of stained glass, a pistol grip glass cutter was used,
silicone was used to hold and seal the glass and wa-la.
If you don't want to buy stained glass, you can also clean the existing panes,
then apply Gallery Glass or other glass paint to the panes in your choice of
You can also glue tempered glass to the panes, then grout. This is
yet another project in the making.
I have a project on the back burner that I'd like to share. I have a very small kitchen, in fact it's really too small to even house a table. Unfortunately I also have very limited counter space so I NEED a table.
My friend gave me a great old 5-paned window in a rather unusual shape that is about to become a service/utility table. When I remodeled my kitchen a few years ago I did a mosaic pattern on my counter-top with tiles cut from broken Fiesta dishes and I plan to follow that same pattern on my new table. I'm intending to break out the remaining glass and place plywood on the under-side. Then I will will place the tiles between the the individual frames and grout and seal just as I did the counter. I have some old porch posts that will serve as legs and voila a table is born.
I have the imagination and the patience and it really takes a minimal amount of talent and skill. It's time that always puts a hurt on me. This was originally intended as last winter's project, but winter slipped away and before I knew it I was out in the garden (at which time all else comes to a screaming halt). I'm glad I made my plan public as now I have a push to get me going. Pictures to follow. Promise.
I have a bunch of old windows and wanted to make a garden wall out of them. The only thing I'm worried about is the possibility of lead pant getting into my dirt. Should I strip the windows first? any ideas?
I have 3 pieces of very thick glass...maybe 1/4 inch and about 18"x24"...the wooden frames have rotted off. They were used as storm windows for the basement windows. Dad was excited when he saw them and told me to keep them. I'm not sure why. I think he said they don't make glass like that anymore. They 've been in my garage...waiting. I don't have a clue. Does anyone have a suggestion?
This is a table I made from an old window..a few heavy duty two sided screws, a drill to drill the holes for the screws into the underside corners and some wood glue to reinforce the legs..I used some porch railing spindles for those. I cut some trim out from some scrap wood and wedged it in between the legs and wood glued it to reinforce and then sanded it a bit and painted it .If you want to get in a little deeper you could always mosaic the glass and then grout and seal it and put a nice piece of glass over the whole top to protect your work from breaking if you have little ones. or you can also stick pictures and special things inside between the glass. Hope this helps!
Free: really nice table you made oo spindles and windows. Talent! Sounds like you really know how to put things together with 2 sided screws, and cutting scrap wood for trim. Wow. I know nothing about that kind of repair/repurpose.
SAB66: How old do you think the glass is? If it is the kind with the bubbles it might be really nice as is in front of a window,just to show the aged bubbles. 2 holes could be drilled in the glass and a small chain could hang it or maybe they could go in a frame and hang. Or a crochet doily in between two glass pieces and displayed on the wall or instead of a crochet doily a collage of paper things you love or a fabric collage.
Starz: Love the trellis in the garden and also love all the links on windows-lots of creative do-able ideas in those.
my friend in NY redid his old house and it still had the original windows on it from whne he was a kid. He replaced all the windows and covered a wall in the attic with the windows, its the guest room, i stayed there in june and was completely floored by the wall of windows.