Don't throw out those old wooden windows!

Hulbert, OK(Zone 7a)

Though it is hard to appreciate the full look of these windows
due to the tree in the background, I'm hoping you can get the gist.

I'm not yet finished with them, but thought I would show you what
I've been working on since the inexpensive porch lights.

Years ago someone put a good lot of wooden windows out
by the curb with a "FREE-TAKE" sign. So, as I was driving
a big van, I stopped, I took, I kept.

Some of the glass was intact, some was broken, so I just
broke the rest of the glass out and replaced it with stained
glass. If you watch Hobby Lobby ads, you can get the glass for
half price. Then I just laid the glass on the frame, marked it off,
cut it and then used a clear silicone to keep the glass intact.

Add some hooks and chain, suspend it from the big empty spot
on the front porch, and wa-la. A beautiful stained glass 'window'.

I didn't get too fancy, I just used clear colors I had in my stained glass
supplies. Now that I've cut most of the window panes out, I have a number
of long skinny strips of glass in various colors for my next project, which
is along the same lines, but much more colorful - using up the scraps.
I'll just glue little slats of wood between each stripe, then silicone them in.

The top left purple one was installed today and has not been cleaned
thoroughly, so you can see a film on it. The bottom right glass is clear,
but bubbled, so I have four more panels to put in and I'll be done.

Soon I'll make a fancy one using special glass in selected colors.

:-) Karen

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Paris, ON(Zone 5b)


Eatonton, GA(Zone 8b)

Just love it!! I too have window sashes in the " shed", we were going to "craft " them somehow but I havent had any relly neat ideas for them Now I do! Thanks Wuvie!!

Buffalo, NY(Zone 6a)

Oh, gorgeous! You could sell them!

Hulbert, OK(Zone 7a)

Thank you for your compliments! :-)

Selling them, oh my gosh, you're right. You know, this is so easy, and actually quite
fun to make. The women in Tulsa would buy them, and wouldn't mind shelling out
a few bucks for them.

You could also make an imitation stained glass window if you have one that
still has the glass in it and wish to save money. Simply color in the sections with
Gallery Glass paint, or you could also decoupage tissue paper to the glass. The
only thing about that style is it could not be left in the rain. When it storms here
I have to remove the windows from the hooks or they will bang and break.

As the window frames were free, the only cost was for the glass. Red and yellow
are more expensive, but you can buy the other sheets on sale for as low as $1.99.
The sixteen panels of glass, hooks, chain and the silicione ended up costing
me just under fifty dollars to complete the entire project.

However, the panels are not as large as each sheet of glass, so I have quite a few
strips leftover which were cut from the panes - thus another project is in the works
at no additional cost.

I've got week-long company coming today, so I won't be able to work on it for a while
but will post photos when I can.


Eatonton, GA(Zone 8b)

Hey I just remembered this!! My daughter, had several old window"sashes" and she painted them and then layered the old glass with pages out of an old 40's magazine, then placed dried beans on the pages ! She then caulked in a new pane over the first sandwiching in the beans!! Here it is in her kichen!!
She's too is a crafts person, like her Mom and sisters!

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Hulbert, OK(Zone 7a)


Will amend when finished.

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Crivitz, WI(Zone 4b)

WUVIE, I love those windows. I don't know how to do any glass cutting, but I would like to try the painted panels. Where would I get the kind of paint you are talking about? Would it be sold at any store like WalMart, a hardware store or??
That would be so pretty on my east facing porch..with the morning sun showing through, especially in the winter.

Palm Beach Gardens, FL(Zone 10b)

I got some windows, with divided panes, last year and just have them stashed until I have an idea. I love the stained glass. Thanks for the great idea. I think I'll try to find some and do up my windows.

Hulbert, OK(Zone 7a)

Hi Plantzoo,

I'm so sorry I haven't been back to this thread lately.

The paint-on method you are looking for is called Gallery Glass. You
should likely find it at any Wal Mart, though if you want specific colors,
you should visit their website. You can also find a special glass painting
product at Michael's, though the name completely escapes me right now.

Something Pino, Painto, Primo, oh, what is that stuff called?

I'll see if I can find it.



Auckland, New Zealand

they are rather cool well done

Sand Springs, OK(Zone 7a)

good job !
and yes they would pay big bucks for them in Tulsa

Canterbury, CT(Zone 6a)

Omg Love them and I have a ton of old windowns in my shed that the previous owners left here when they left.
Off to get some Gallery glass.

Auburn, AL(Zone 8a)

This is an example of Gallery Glass, sorry it wasn't a better picture but with the light coming in from outside couldn't get a good shot. *LOL* that and I'm terrible at taking pictures.

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Eatonton, GA(Zone 8b)

Oh Look you guys, look what I found at the Thrift store! I am just astonished that someone actually donated this for a resale item! Its a reverse painting on an old window sash! Boy did I get lucky or what! I wish I knew who the artist was!

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Newcastle, ON(Zone 5a)

What a great find!!!!!

Wheeling, WV(Zone 6b)

Your windows are really Great! Good Work...

Buffalo, NY(Zone 6a)

Eufala, I'll say you got lucky!! That is one gorgeous wall hanging!!

Hulbert, OK(Zone 7a)

Updated entry...during a windstorm, it isn't enough to take them down
from the hooks.

I took mine down and leaned them against the railing. The next day I
found them laying flat with broken panes.


So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)


Ewing, NE

Wuvie, how big of sheet does the stain glass come in? Linda

Hulbert, OK(Zone 7a)

Hi Linda,

Large sheets can be found at any stained glass supply or store,
but if you are seeking small pieces you can cut yourself, Hob Lob
has plenty of it.

Don't forget that 40% off coupon!

:-) KM

Penfield, PA(Zone 5b)

WUVIE: I have some old stained glass windows that I thought about using in the same way. But where I live, the wind blows VERY hard and would definately break the windows, and I see that you had the same problem. Well when I thought about doing mine, I was going to also have 2 chains on the bottom of the window attached to hooks mounted on the railing. Maybe that idea would work for you also.

Hulbert, OK(Zone 7a)

Hi there,

I did end up putting them at the bottom, too, but eventually the old
wood of the windows gave in to the wind, and they were ripped out.
I've since taken them down and have to find a new place for them.

:-) KM

Gilmer, TX(Zone 7b)

I have several old windows without glass in them. Part of my back garden fence is wire, where the picket fence stops. My husband hung one of the window frames on the wire fence. It looked so cute that I hung them at different levels along the fence. It looks very cottagey behind my zinnias and hollyhocks! They're old and won't last long in the weather, though. I'll take them down as the garden fades.
Another thing I've done is put them on the wall and hang pieces of my old Virginia Rose china in the frames. It was too cute...


Plano, TX

i have two super old window frames--no glass--peeled off paint--rickety etc
i am thinking of using fishing line and crisscrossing beads and glass peices in the 4 window panes--

Ewing, NE

wauvie, your windows have really inspired me. I have a guy coming tonght to tell me how much he is going to charge me to build a frame around my patio,just on 2 sides. Then I found me some windows. But am having a hard time with them. The stain glass is to expensive to me so thoughtI could use plex a glass.Then use the crackle method on them. Do you think that would work? I tried to save the glass in the frames but it kept breaking. When I tried to get the old caulking out,so I could but new caulk in. I need help real baaad!!! Pleaseeeeeeeeee help me. Linda

Hulbert, OK(Zone 7a)

Hi Linda,

Oh, I completely agree on the price of the glass. However, there
is something you can do.

Watch Hobby Lobby for the infamous half off sale, or keep an
eye out for the 40% off coupons. I didn't buy all my glass at once,
I just bought a sheet here and there, then saved up enough for the

You could also visit Craigslist or Freecycle for any glass
folks might be giving away, or even put standard glass into the
frames and then mosaic shattered tempered glass and grout it.

:-) KM

Ewing, NE

Wauvie, I was wondering if I could use a crackle finish on the glass pains and use outdoor paint . Would outdoor paint crackle? Linda

Hulbert, OK(Zone 7a)

Hi Linda,

Are you saying that you want to install stained glass in the panes
and then crackle the stained glass, or the panes?

:-) Karen

delhi, India

Thanks for the information. I will definitely keep this in mind.
sash window restoration london

Anthem, AZ

Just joined forums...great ideas..lots of sun here in Arizona..and I have lots of old marbles..any ideas? The window idea is great!

Englewood, FL

Try goggling DECORATING WITH GLASS MARBLES a whole lot of ideas there.

Virginia Beach, VA

What a talent!! Love them!!!!


(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

My sister wants an old sash window to install on her bathroom wall with a beach scene behind it.

Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX(Zone 8b)

how did I miss this thread love the window Karen .... in my guest bath where there is no window im going to do a glass on glass on an old window.. hubby built the window frame into the wall & added lights

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