100 Ways to Use Old Windows

Using Old Windows with Pane Dividers

How to Use an Old Window with Pane Dividers via Remodelaholic

Use those wooden sash pane dividers (I hope that’s what they’re called!) to your advantage and really use them to add character to your old window project.

Add a shelf and make one pane a chalkboard, cork board, or white board (image source unknown, sorry)

upcycled old window to shelf and chalkboard - via Remodelaholic

Screw a few coat hooks into the wooden window frame to create a coat hanger (by Aimee Weaver)

Aimee Weaver - old window to hall tree coat rack - via Remodelaholic

Fill in the pane sections with beautiful sea glass to create a stained glass effect (via Completely Coastal).

via Completely Coastal - sea glass in an old window - via Remodelaholic

Add hooks, knobs, and cups to make an organizer or decorative themed wall decor (by Tootsie Time).

Tootie Time - garden organizer from an old window - via Remodelaholic

If you’re feeling brave… use them as a shower curtain! (via Design Sponge) And no, I’m not sure how this would work either!

via Design Sponge - old windows used as shower curtain - via Remodelaholic

Use spray paint (or an old mirror) to make a paned mirror (from Finding Home).

Finding Home - old window mirror for bathroom - via Remodelaholic

Create art from cast off wood pieces (by Beyond the Picket Fence)

Beyond The Picket Fence - salvaged window into wood scrap wall art - via Remodelaholic

by framing doilies (from Flea Market Trixie)

Flea Market Trixie - old window with vintage doilies - via Remodelaholic

or by painting your old window! (via Tremain Street Cottages)

Tremain Street Cottages - paned painted window - via Remodelaholic

Attach a wire basket to create a “window box” that can be either decorative or functional (sorry, source unknown)

source unknown - add a wire basket to an old window to use as an organizer - via Remodelaholic

Hang a set of old windows (carefully, now!) to serve as a room divider (found on Casa Sugar).

Casa Sugar - old windows as hanging room divider - via Remodelaholic

Frame prints and hang a clock on top (from Faded Charm Cottage).

Faded Charm Cottage - old window into botanical frame with clock - via Remodelaholic

Make your old window into a shelf (by Cottage Living)

Cottage Living - old window shelf above bed - via Remodelaholic

Create colorful and sentimental art by using an old window to “frame” a quilt (from That’s My Letter).

That's My Letter - old window quilt art - via Remodelaholic

Build a shallow frame to create a shadowbox (by Unskinny Boppy)

Unskinny Boppy - old window into wall shadowbox - via Remodelaholic

and you can add lights, too! (from Cheerios and Lattes)

Cheerios and Lattes - lighted shadow box from old window - via Remodelahohlic

Use it as a memo board (by Feminist Housewive on SYTYCDecorate)

The Feminist Housewife on SYTYCDecorate - old window memo board - via Remodelaholic

or wedding seating chart (from Long Eared Love).

LongEared Love - old window as wedding seating chart - via Remodelaholic

Use it to create a headboard (by Liz Marie). And check out more upcycled headboard ideas here.

Liz Marie Blog - old windows as headboard - via Remodelaholic

An old window makes a perfect fireplace grate or cover (for an unused fireplace with candles — via Down to Earth Style).

Down to Earth Style - old window as fireplace cover with candles - via Remodelaholic

On the next page: how to use an old window that has no glass –>

page 1: Creative ways to recycle and reuse old windows
page 2: Ideas for using old windows that are flat glass
page 5: Things you can build with old windows
page 6: Using old windows in your yard and garden

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  1. Some friends of mine worked for a glass shop and they were in the process of replacing 60+ year old 6 pane windows from a local girls camp. They called and asked if I would be interested and I jumped at the chance. For a plate of cookies as payment they ended up replacing the glass with mirrors. I painted the frames with some crackle paint and they looked awesome! What made them more special was that my cousin had worked at that camp for a number of years.
    I’m now trying to find a place for them in my new house. They don’t exactly go with the style but I can’t stand to part with them.
    Thanks for all the cute ideas!

  2. I have beenDESPERATELY searching for a window exactly like the window in this piece that has the wreath hanging from it- I’m working on a project for a client and I have every piece BUT the window! I found one similar but it was over $200 I can’t pay that and make any money on the project- HELP does anyone know where to find unusual shaped windows like that (yes I’ve got tons of antique and vintage doors shutters and windows but the windows are just normal in shape- I need one that makes a statement!
    Grannies Attic

    1. What state do you live in? I’m in Texas. If you are near a town that has old houses or near the country you can find a lot of older homes with old windows. Please are wanting to upgrade to double pane windows and will take out the old windows. I found 2 for $10. The people were moving and were needing to sell the old windows quickly. If you are on Facebook, join some classified groups. Then check everyday. You find some. Happy window exploring!

  3. Hey Cassity… I’m finally on a regular keyboard, (last 2 comments on this post were from my phone, and crazy full of typos!) Anywho… I just wanted to give you the head’s up, my old blog ‘decorate with a little bit’ is now called: ‘simple decorating tips’ I lost the domain and they wanted crazy money for me to buy it back… I hate it when I see a picture associated with that domain name go viral like this one and I don’t get any traffic to my blog now because it’s the wrong name. Could you possibly change the source name to my current blog? I won’t put the link for the post on this comment, because it’ll probably push it into your spam folder and you won’t see the comment! But if you go to my site and type in ‘interior windows’ in the search box, you’ll see it show up with some other posts featuring interior windows. Thanks so much! BTW… I’d love to get together and do some more feature posts with you… I did a couple for you before. 🙂 Thanks again! Liz

  4. I own a window replacement company and I regularly search for ideas for reusing old windows. This is one of the best collections I have seen! Thanks for the ideas.

  5. I found a few really good ideas on here but I don’t understand why it’s called a hundred things to do with old windows when you only showed like 20 and no way to find anymore on this site, guess I must have missed something

    1. Hi Lisa,
      We split up the ideas so that the page wouldn’t load so slowly with 100+ images. Look for the section toward the bottom of the post with links:
      On the next page: more ideas for using old windows that are flat/non-paned –>
      SEE ALSO
      page 3: Ideas for using old windows with wooden sashed panes
      page 4: How to use an old window that has no glass
      page 5: Things you can build with old windows
      page 6: Using old windows in your yard and garden