100 Ways to Use Old Windows
How to Use an Old Window with No Glass
Sometimes, life gets to the best of us, even lovely old windows. But you can still put those old window frames to use! Try these ideas for glassless old windows.
String up twine and make a photo card display (by Sunnybrook Farm Designs)
Hang regular photo frames inside the old window (by The Rowe Fam)
Or on top of it (from Down to Earth Style)
Or use ribbon to hang photos in each pane (from Design Build Love).
Use hardware cloth, chicken wire, or window screen to create a great accessory organizer (by Hello Brit, via The Apron)
or a nice photo display (on Rusty Rooster Vintage).
Staple painted fabric inside to make a decorative sign (from Denise on a Whim)
Use wire and knobs to create a jewelry organizer (found on Etsy).
Hang it up high in the kitchen to create a pot rack (by The Frugal Girls).
Paint a piece of wood with chalkboard paint to create a message board or calendar (from House by Hoff)
Stick a piece of sheet metal in the window to create a magnetic chore chart (by Decor Allure).
Use strung twine to create a display for memorabilia or seasonal items (at Funky Junk Interiors).
Hang mason jars with tealights to create a nice ambient light (via Beauty and Bedlam).
DIY up a command center from your old window (from Junk Market Style)
Make a vertical garden for succulents (at Second Chance to Dream).
Create a memo board – chalkboard combo (via Beyond the Picket Fence)
Organize your family with a wine cork corkboard (at Mom4Real)
Hang Christmas ornaments or other small collectibles in the panes (by A Diamond in the Stuff)
Combine an old window with some small photo frames to create a wall decoration that helps hide your thermostat (by Open Hands Full Heart, here on Remodelaholic)
On the next page: things you can build from old windows –>
page 1: Great ways to use old windows
page 2: Ideas for using old windows that are flat glass
page 3: How to use an old window with pane dividers
page 6: Using old windows in your yard and garden
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!
What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!
Great idea! Be careful with the glass, not tempered and lead paint at chewable surfaces.
Thanks for the reminder!
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!
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!
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
Hi Liz! Thanks for being in touch. I’ve updated the link in this post, and we’re always open to collaboration ideas! You can drop me a line at [email protected] with ideas, anytime.
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.
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
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 –>
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