If you're replacing drafty windows, or saw beautiful old window frames at a flea market or just strolled past a treasure-packed trash pile, you probably know many building materials can be transformed into a one-of-a-kind furniture and decor. Here are five different ways to re-purpose old windows rescued from your home, garage sale or scrap pile, to add a flare and style to your place.
Old windows can section off areas in your home as being space dividers. Attach several windows together with hinges to create a standing divider. Be sure the structure isn't prone to tipping. Another option is hanging the windows from the ceiling to create a floating divider. This creates an airy feeling to any space. Whichever way you choose to make a divider from old windows, the structure will allow light through while also defining your space. The device can be very helpful in lofts and open-concept homes or condos.
Old windows can become perfect art for your walls. Hang them up like a painting. Don't fret about the weathered surface or pealing paint — they add character to the piece. Old windows are one of a kind, just like fine art. You can hang the windows in a grouping of varying shapes and sizes or just take one as a statement piece for your wall. Whether the windows have just one or several smaller panes in them, you can utilize the slots as frames. They're readymade picture frames!
Stop rummaging around in the pots and pans drawer looking for the perfect skillet and lid! Get organized using an old window. By hanging an old window frame horizontally from the ceiling and screwing-in hooks into the floor-facing side, you'll be able to hang pots, pans and colanders from it. Once installed, this unique rack will help you see what tools you've got for cooking as well as add personality to your kitchen.
Tables are the focal point of many rooms. Think of a coffee table or dining room table. Finding just the right one for a room can be tricky, as you want it to fit the aesthetic of the space. Make your own with an old window and you can fashion it to your taste! Add legs to the window. If the window has an uneven surface, you can add a piece of glass on top of the window to let the beauty of it still shine through.
To keep track of your earrings and prevent your necklaces from getting all tangled up, try using an old window. Replace the glass windowpane with chicken wire. Hang the frame in your bedroom or closet to allow you to store jewelry. The wire creates an accessible place to hook your earrings and hang your necklaces — much better than a dark and dusty drawer.
Before you start making crafty plans for what to do with your old windows, you'll want to figure out what design of new window will work best in your home. There are many styles to choose from to have installed. Each style will add a distinct personality to your place.
Once you have the new windows picked out, ordered and installed, then it's time to get creative and repurpose the old ones. Like many household items that get refreshed and replaced, old windows don't need to end up in the landfill. With a little bit of ingenuity, craftiness and handiwork what's old can become new again and put to good use. Use any one of the above ideas for old windows and you'll save yourself money, be eco-friendly and boost the flare and style of your home.
Kacey Mya Bradley is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective. She graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. Her love for the world around her is portrayed through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts. You can finder her on Twitter and Pinterest. The Drifter Collective is An eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us.