Visit 217+ old window ideas to upcycle! All with tutorials.

Visit 217+ old window ideas using vintage wooden windows! All these upcycled projects lead to full tutorials so you can make them too!

Visit 217+ old window ideas using vintage wooden windows! All these upcycled projects lead to full tutorials so you can make them too!

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

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Old windows are so fun to create projects with! They can diy into so many wonderful and useful things other than just being old window frames!

From headboards, hooks, for storage, furniture such as a coffee table and more… here’s a few upcycled window tutorials to make!

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Old window ideas


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

Wreath hanger


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 much more substantial focus to projects and this old window does that well! Perfect for living room wall decor and more.

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

Window mirror


Vintage window mirror by Finding Home

Have a window frame without glass panes? Flip it into a window mirror instead!

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! Perfect for an entryway.

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Window picture frame


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

This easy old window decoration tutorial tells a story of my family. Photos are held in place with string for a rustic/modern twist. It’s an interesting and beautiful way to frame old pictures! Especially if the old window comes from a childhood home.

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

Old window Christmas sign


Old window Christmas sign with burlap by Denise on a Whim

Could a single window pane Christmas sign get any cozier looking? Love the rustic warmth of burlap with this fun, festive Christmas message! 

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

Old window storage cabinet


Old window reclaimed wood cabinet, by Bliss Ranch

This used window flipped into a gorgeous cabinet from reclaimed wood is a true, one of a kind treasure, custom built to suit the window used! The depth of this DIY project would make a fabulous kitchen or bathroom cabinet. 

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

Window chalkboard


Large window chalkboard calendar by Thistlewood Farms

One of my favorite ideas is to flip a huge old window with many panes into a productive chalkboard! The sections act well to separate days from tasks making it a perfect family command center. Or possible a massive calender in an office.

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

Old window garden pergola


Old window pergola by Somewhat Quirky

Could your own backyard or flowerbeds use a little garden art? These old window frames turned into a garden pergola add so much interest to plain posts! Can also be scaled smaller for a garden arbor. Can you imagine vines winding through all the frames or hanging a garden swing from this structure? So charming!

junk styled mantel with old window and rusty lantern and other old antiques /

Old window mantel decor


Junk styled mantel with old window and rusty relics / Funky Junk Interiors

Gather up your finest finds from flea markets for this funky layered mantel with a salvaged rustic vibe. Start with an old window as the base, then layer collections around the old window from there.

Old windows Christmas fireplace mantel /

Layered windows Christmas mantel decor


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! Gather up a group of old windows from salvage yards to get this look!

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Old windows on a garden shed

Old windows on a shed / Funky Junk Interiors

Have you ever thought to enhance a garden shed with old windows? The windows were positioned first, then the siding built around them. this old window frame idea certainly adds a dash of window authenticity to this shed, doesn’t it?

Old window junk display via Funky Junk Interiors

Window string art


Old window string junk display via Funky Junk Interiors

With the same idea as the photo string wrapped window, here’s how you can wrap other trinkets in the window instead! A vintage rolling pin and wooden spoon provide the perfect kitchen art. Kind of resembles a shadow box appearance, doesn’t it?

Homemade pumpkin pie window sign with stencils

Old window fall sign


Homemade pumpkin pie sign for kitchen decor

Team up the perfect Homemade Pumpkin Pie stencil with an old window to stencil up this charming fall sign that is perfect for fall kitchen decor! This tutorial teaches you how to stencil on glass, fix mistakes and more.

View the Homemade Pumpkin Pie stencil HERE

Summer directional signs in an old window frame

Old window directional signs frame


Summer directional window signs

Need more than one sign for a given project? Create a directional sign using an old window frame with individual panes you can hang each sign inside! This vacation themed sign includes Cabins, Rentals and Beach all made from THIS GETAWAY COLLECTION OF STENCILS.

Pumpkin Spice fall sign with a window

Fall Pumpkin Spice window sign


Pumpkin Spice window sign

Make a fall Pumpkin Spice sign with an old window frame, but don’t forget to add the hooks to hang up your mugs! This sign offers a fun chalkboard look that can become the starting point of so many different looks!

View the Pumpkin Spice stencil from HERE

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30 DIY projects you can do with an old window, on Hometalk, featured by Funky Junk Interiors

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69 thoughts on “Visit 217+ old window ideas to upcycle! All with tutorials.

  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!

      [email protected]

  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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