If you are looking for creative charm in your DIY projects, then look to use old windows! 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 lets 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 then became a spouse of 75 years, or…

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!

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Use an old window to make a chalkboard weekly planner… By ‘BHG’. Cute!

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This 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…

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‘Aimee Weaver’ used an old window to create a hallway storage solution. Hooks and an adorable flag banner make this entry cottage charming!

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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!

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Also from ‘Apartment Therapy‘, these old windows were used by this couple as wall art. I love this look! It could work well in almost any style home, from traditional, to modern to transitional.

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From ‘Fine Homebuilding‘, this old window turned medicine cabinet shows they can be used for practical projects as well. Photo by Sherry Krum.

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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!

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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!

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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‘.

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This last one is a pretty leaded window hanging within a window… and it is gorgeous enough to end up in the pages of ‘Kitchen and Bath Magazine’! From ‘Vintage Simple Home‘… I’ll say it again…Gorgeous!

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Image Credits: Craftberry Bush, The Hamby Home, BHG, Apartment Therapy, Apartment Therapy, Fine Homebuilding, Liz Marie Blog, Eclectically Vintage, BHG, Vintage Simple Home







  1. Elizabeth November 19, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Hi Kathy,

    Windows add a sense of warmth and character for me so I love these photos, like you said, they add a lot of creative charm. I’ve just started doing the picture frame idea but also love the window over the bed idea as well. Maybe someday I’ll actually get it done, LOL.

    Thanks for the great ideas :-)


  2. Tamara December 19, 2015 at 8:15 am

    Lovely inspiration! Thank you..

  3. Suzanne Renae January 7, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    I love this collection. The window door “divider” is particularly pleasing to the eye!

  4. Anne Flemings January 27, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    Last year before the winter we replaced few of our windows and got new accent windows from North Tech Windows and Doors in Edmonton which had neared it’s expiry date. Some of them were still in good shape so I have kept them in the garden shed. Guess I can try some these with those windows. I liked that old window divider method and also the idea of using them for wall art. Thanks for the sharing these ideas.

  5. Thuli October 20, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Where can you buy old windows, I am a goodwill shopper but haven’t some across any> Thanks in advance!

    1. Kathy Woodard October 31, 2016 at 2:38 pm

      Architectural salvage places are your best bet, or Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore. You can also post a “Want” in Craigslist.

    2. Deanne February 9, 2017 at 7:17 pm

      I have found several at yard sales during the spring/summer :)


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