217+ ideas on what to do with OLD WINDOWS

217+ ideas on what to do with OLD WINDOWS / Visit all the up-cycled features and linkup that all lead to full tutorials on one post! Click to see all!

217+ ideas on what to do with OLD WINDOWS

Welcome to Saturday Nite Special – 217+ ideas on what to do with old windows

Every Fri 7pm  to Sunday 11 pm Pacific.

Old, wooden-framed vintage windows are so fun to create projects with! They can be made into so many wonderful and useful things other than just being a window.

From home decor, garden art, small projects… here’s a few up-cycled window ideas…

Window project features:


Old window for wreath by A Pretty Life in the Suburbs featured on Funky Junk Interiors

Old window backdrop for a wreath via A Pretty Life in the Suburbs

This old window is the perfect rustic backdrop for an equally rustic wreath. Layering your decorating can bring a more substantial focus to special projects.

Old window turned gorgeous mirror, by Finding Home, featured on Funky Junk Interiors

Vintage window mirror by Finding Home

Mirrors help bounce light around, especially useful in darker areas. Although this particular sample isn’t used for looking into, it’s my bet the entry way is much brighter because of it! Gorgeous!

Old window and string picture frame by funkyjunkinteriors.net

Wood-framed window with string for picture frame via Funky Junk Interiors

This old window tells a story of my family. Photos are held in tact with string for a rustic/modern twist. It’s fun and trendy in an edgy kinda way.

Old window Christmas sign with burlap by Denise on a Whim, featured on Funky Junk Interiors
Old window Christmas sign with burlap by Denise on a Whim

Could a Christmas sign get any cozier looking? Love the warmth of burlap!

Old window reclaimed wood cabinet, by Bliss Ranch, featured on Funky Junk Interiors
Old window reclaimed wood cabinet, by Bliss Ranch

This gorgeous cabinet from reclaimed wood is a true, one of a kind treasure, custom built to suit an old window!

Old window chalkboard calendar by Thistlewood Farms, featured on Funky Junk Interiors
Large window chalkboard calendar by Thistlewood Farms

What do you do with a MASSIVE old window? Make a MASSIVE old chalkboard I say! Super handy for a calendar!

Old window pergola by Somewhat Quirky, featured on Funky Junk Interiors
Old window pergola by Somewhat Quirky

Garden junk at its finest… this pergola made from old windows is a true garden feature winner! Can you imagine vines winding through all the frames?

junk styled mantel with old window and rusty lantern and other old antiques / funkyjunkinteriors.net
Junk styled mantel with old window and rusty relics / Funky Junk Interiors

Fire up a new mantel design with an old window to anchor the look. Then add… more junk!

Old windows Christmas fireplace mantel / funkyjunkinteriors.net
Old windows Christmas fireplace mantel / Funky Junk Interiors

Doesn’t this old window mantel resemble a snowy cabin in the woods, flickering with the warmth of a fireplace? Realistic indoor snow tips in this one too!

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Old windows on a shed / Funky Junk Interiors

It’s not what you think! This structure was a green house that had seen better days. Old windows were attached the the frame, then fence boards built around it to resemble an old shed.

Old window junk display via Funky Junk Interiors

Old window string junk display via Funky Junk Interiors

And here’s that same funky window holding junk! Just think about all the potential things this old window could hold.

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69 thoughts on “217+ ideas on what to do with OLD WINDOWS

  1. Hello Donna!
    I’m so happy joining your great party again.
    I’m going to visit those fantastic ideas with old windows, I like them so much!
    Thank you for your inspiring blog!
    Besos from Argentina, Silvina

  2. Wow, look at all those windows linked up! I still love your window with string and the old photos the though. Thanks for hosting the party. Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. I love that Finding Home used an old footboard for a coat rack! I love that you used the old frames then strung twine on it to hold mementos. That is really awesome junque. Favorite Friday night hang out!

  4. Hi Donna… have been enjoying your blog for quite a while now and get way too many great ideas from it! Lately I’ve been a tiny bit freaked out when I open your blog in a new window and start looking around and I then I hear a voice…. it’s a video that is running in your sidebar! there is a statement above it to report it if “the video plays”… not sure to whom I should report it, but thought I’d start with you… it’s just a little bit spooky and I wonder if there is something I can do to only play the video if I choose to. Thanks, Donna!!!!

    • Hey Kathie! I so wish I could email you but you come up as a noreply. So I do hope you come back to read this… is the video playing Technorati or Ligit? I”m attempting to stop all the videos but need to specifically know which ones.

      If ANYONE sees them playing, I’d so appreciate if you could take a screenshot of them and email or message me them so I can report them. Thank-you!


  5. I was just browsing craft blogs and ran across yours. My daughter loves the old windows to decorate with. When we went to garage and yard sales she would always pick them up. I have to say for something I would never have thought of they do look good. I look forward to more of your posts. thks.

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  11. What a great information you have here Donna! I am glad that I came across to this blog coz I have a new project and that was my old window. In getting makeover with my old windows, I cannot decide what should I do with it but finally I find this website. By the way thanks for sharing… 🙂 and have great day….

  12. Wow Donna! I could look at the window link-ups alone all day. What a collection. You did a great job on your new burlap board. It’s really cute, and looks just like something you would come up with 🙂

  13. Hey there Donna! I scored a slew of old windows and am real excited to put them to use, but didn’t think about the whole lead paint possibility. Any thoughts on lead paint on old windows and how to use them safely? I’ve tested these and the paint is leaded. Thanks!

    • As I don’t have small children in my home, I sand off anything chippy, then ensure it’s clean and left untouched and hang to display. But please do so at your own risk!

      If you wanted to be ultra safe, you could seal the paint with something else to ensure toxins stayed put, or just paint over them with a bonded primer, then repaint as desired.

      The safest of course is to not have anything with lead paint indoors. But I find as long as the object isn’t disturbed, no issues here.

      • I have the same issue with some awesome windows from an old family home I want to use. I assume they have lead but want to utilize the natural chipping texture and look safely. Any ideas on how to work with them?

        • Hi KS, I’d suggest a spray sealer of some type if you are concerned. Although if the paint isn’t airborne and is well out of everyday reach and handling, it may be ok as is. You are wise to question it!

          • Thanks so much for your thoughts! Sealing it does sound like a good idea. Is it any particular sealant I need to look for? Maybe I could just pull off the loose paint chips and then seal it. From what I read sanding it is a no no due to the lead. The windows are kind of like a family heirloom so I want to use them somehow to display family photos. Hoping to be able to figure it out! Thanks for your help.

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  15. I have a question about working with old windows. Do you just assume they have lead based paint and if so what do you do to ensure it is safe and won’t contaminate someone with this project? I am worried about making someone sick later. Help

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    • Hi Tiffany,

      As I don’t have small children in my home, I really don’t worry about it. I really do leave them untouched for the most part which is the key to things covered in lead paint.

      You could coat them with a clear sealer of some type for protection. I like to use sprays as they’re easier to apply.

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  17. I have some old windows I would like to make picture frame but I’m worried about the old paint flaking off.I don’t want to take it off because it is so cool looking is there something I can put over it to keep it from flaking

    • Hi Tina,

      What you’ll need to do is brush off the loose paint first, then spray it with a flat or satin spray sealer for further protection. You can try sealing flaky paint but there’s no guarantee it’ll hold if it isn’t attached to something. Good luck!

  18. Need unusual ideals for decorating old windows so I can place it above my fireplace mantel.
    Thank you, Cherene Beck 🙂

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