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.
Repurposing Old Windows for Beautiful Home Decor & More
Before we get into the projects, you may want to keep an import detail in mind: Vintage windows — particularly ones with single-pane glass — aren't as energy efficient as the double- or triple-glazed pieces made within the past few years. That thinness may not be important if you're using the window for a decorative piece. It will matter if you're employeeing a vintage piece as a barrier between you and the elements. With some retrofitting, you can improve an older window's insulation. Here are a few ways:
Weatherstripping: Weatherstripping can seal gaps and prevent drafts, reducing heat loss by up to 20 percent.
Window films: Applying window films can block up to 99 percent of UV rays and reduce solar heat gain, improving the energy efficiency of old windows up to 30 percent.
Secondary glazing: Secondary glazing adds an extra pane of glass or clear plastic on the inside of the window, creating an insulating layer of air. This can significantly reduce heat loss, similar to the performance of a newer double-glazed window.
Of course, not all old windows are suitable for retrofitting. Window replacement Saskatoon experts say that units with rotting frames or broken glass, may not be worth retrofitting. In some cases, replacing the old window with a new, energy-efficient one maybe a more sustainable and cost-effective solution, although not always as stylish.
Now, onto the projects!
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.
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.