Using Old Windows That are Flat Glass
(no wooden sash pane divider thingies)
While the windows that have the separate panes (wooden sashes, dividers, whatever they are called) are the most sought after — because they scream “I’m an old window! Aren’t I neat?!” — the plainer windows with flat glass surface all the way across have some nice advantages. Meaning, you can do these things with them that you couldn’t do with a “fancier” salvaged window. 🙂
Use it like a canvas! Paint your favorite scene on it (from The Shady Porch)
And you can back your artwork with sheet music or old book pages, too (by Creative Genius Art — with lots of other painted windows, too).
Create a clock with it (original source unknown, sorry!)
Paint some wood scraps (or even paper) to make colorful artwork (from Beyond The Picket Fence).
Take it up a notch and make a deep chicken wire photo display with a hinged window on the front (love this from The House of Smiths!)
Put that glassy surface area to work by applying a large vinyl decal of a family name (at Stonegable)
or a wordier family definition, saying, quote, or scripture (from Diary of a Crafty Lady).
Paint on the back to create a dry erase menu board or family organizer (from The Rustic Pig).
Add some washi tape and stickers to create a dry erase family calendar (via Artsy Vava)
Of course, you can still use it for photos — just create a collage (from Mouse and Hinge). You could even do a square collage to give more of the look of the paned windows with photos.
Create a display shelf (via Robo Margo)
Add some handles and create a decorative tray (by Eclectically Vintage)