If you are looking for creative charm in your DIY projects, then look to use an old window! There is something about windows with history that make us feel nostalgic… And let’s face it… they don’t make ’em like they used to! Whenever I use an old window in a project, I picture the family that lived in the home (a simpler time, of course!) looking out those windows during good times and bad, much as I do… to connect with the outside world, to appreciate the beauty of the first snowfall, to watch their kids play, to wish for brighter days or be thankful for the ones they have had… Yes, I know, corny. But that’s why I am so drawn to historical things… it’s the people behind them. So let’s look at some projects with old windows you can DIY, or get inspiration from, for your own original project! And maybe, just maybe, your window once looked out at a loved one returning from war, or at a beau coming to court who became a spouse of 75 years, or…
Our feature photo above, is a mantel design by Lucy from ‘Craftberry Bush‘… You have to check out all the inspiration at her site! This old window is just leaned against the wall and used as a focal point…
This old window picture frame tutorial by ‘The Hamby Home’ is just what I was talking about… charm! Remember what I was saying about looking through the window at another persons life? Make it yours you look at!
‘BHG’ used an old window to make a chalkboard weekly planner… Cute!
‘Aimee Weaver’ used an old window to create a hallway storage solution. Hooks and an adorable flag banner make this entry cottage charming!
From “Apartment Therapy’, this old window divider gives privacy to an outdoor space. Some hook and eye bolts and a little chain would make this work!
Also from ‘Apartment Therapy‘, this couple used old windows as wall art. I love this look! It could work well in almost any style home, from traditional, to modern to transitional.
From ‘Fine Homebuilding‘, this old window turned medicine cabinet shows they can be used for practical projects as well. Photo by Sherry Krum.
This DIY antique window headboard from the ‘Liz Marie Blog’ is inspiring… She has a complete tutorial for you on how she made this. Love it!
Make ’em Christmasey! Kelly at ‘Eclectically Vintage‘ hung these old windows with snowflake ornaments. This is so simple, yet so pretty! You could do this in just minutes, and display it all winter long!
Our last two ideas are using old windows as, well, windows! Or, at least, to embellish windows or spaces that windows might be… Check out this first idea of an old window “transom” from ‘BHG‘.
This last one is a pretty leaded window hanging within a window… and it was gorgeous enough to end up in the pages of ‘Kitchen and Bath Magazine’! From ‘Vintage Simple Home‘… I’ll say it again…Gorgeous!
Image Credits: Craftberry Bush, The Hamby Home, BHG, Apartment Therapy, Apartment Therapy, Fine Homebuilding, Liz Marie Blog, Eclectically Vintage, BHG, Vintage Simple Home