Gail over at My Repurposed Life is literally my new window re-use hero. And I have some windows just like this… Yea! Check out what she did:
This was a long time coming. Seems like that’s becoming a habit with me, huh? Just to refresh your memory . . .
I picked up two of these windows at my favorite Peddler’s Mall.
I worked on building a frame around the windows out of some scrap mdf. This was not an easy task. I had figures and formulas bouncing around in my head, trying to make sure that the opening I left would properly surround the two windows.
On facebook and twitter I talked about how much trouble I was having with finding hinges. I was lucky enough to stumble across these hinges in my hardware inventory. Here’s a little tip , use painter’s tape to hold your hinge while you drill pilot holes and screw the screws.
The doors are on! Finally! See that piece in the middle, between the doors? That is to keep the doors from “falling” inward.
I used a piece of bead board for the back.
Now, I need to add door handles and some kind of lock mechanism.
I used the original handles, then I had an aha moment! Check out how I installed the latches . . .
. . . I used the original window locks, attaching them at the top of the windows. (which of course are the original “sides” of the windows) Note the grooves. The little latch slides right down in the groove, and keeps the doors securely closed. The one on the left is unlocked, the one on the right is locked.
If you compare the the color of these windows to the original windows, you’ll see that I used some dark walnut stain to darken them. I am so over the honey colored woodwork.
This has been sitting in my living every since I finished it. I have fallen in love with it, but alas I do not have room to keep it.
Isn’t that an awesome window re-use idea!
Seriously if you want some great ideas, check out her blog!
Cassity Kmetzsch started Remodelaholic after graduating from Utah State University with a degree in Interior Design. Remodelaholic is the place to share her love for knocking out walls, and building everything back up again to not only add function but beauty to her home. Together with her husband Justin, they have remodeled 6 homes and are working on a seventh. She is a mother of four amazing girls. Making a house a home is her favorite hobby.