Thursday, January 20, 2011

Reclaimed Rustics - The Old Window


Aren't these windows gorgeous? They have so much character.

I've been inspired by a pile of old windows, sitting outside of a local antique shop, that I often pass. I've inquired about them, but I just can't seem to commit to buying them all. It's a set of 6. They all match and they're all simple, white, six-pane wooden windows.

To be honest, I've had this idea for the perfect use for them for a while now, but I'm not brave enough to tackle it just yet. Maybe in a year or two.

I've seen, a few times now, old windows attached together to make a small greenhouse. Wouldn't that look so charming in amongst a garden? And, it would be functional too! But, alas, it would require quite a few windows and quite a bit of handy work - hence, the future project.

So, until I tackle that project, here are a few clever uses for these old windows. They're fairly inexpensive ways to add a ton of character to a room.


[Country Living]
These two long windows have been used in this gorgeous bedroom to replace an existing door.

[Country Living]
This is a really great way to divide off your bathroom, giving a bit more privacy, without closing anything in.

[Better Homes and Gardens]
Or how about this room? Who says that a window has to look outside? A window into an adjacent room can bring possibly non-existing natural light in, making the room much brighter. It also makes the space feel a lot larger.

Or how about this? You don't get character like this from a modern cabinet door. This is just gorgeous! And, how simple would it be to make something like this?
[Country Living]
And finally, simply hang an old window from a wall as a decorative piece or from a fence and use it as a make-shift window box. There are so many possibilities!


  1. I love this arched (church?) window!!! Been hunting for a set of matching ones for a while now!

  2. these windows are great... i've been looking for one for a loooong time.

    the last picture is so nice :)

    have a nice evening,

  3. These are perfect and would be perfect in my home....I am now on a new hunt :) Xoxoxo

  4. I love this post...old windows are my absolute favorite. I have several and move them around all the time. My favorite is now above my should run and pick them up!
    I have always loved that last picture ~ so dreamy. :)
    Have a wonderful day!

  5. Oh how I love old windows. Sadly so far I haven't found any in my price range - someday maybe!

  6. You are showing a couple of favorites from my inspiration files. And it's nice to see some more examples. I'm irrationally attracted to this look. I look for french doors all the time. haven't found any yet. Love the post!

  7. That last photo has always been a favorite of mine!!! Love them all!

  8. There's an antique market an hour away from me along the lakeshore that always has piles and piles of windows. Don't ask me how many times I've stood there and just stared at those piles now knowing what I would do with them. THAT won't happen again! Those babies are coming home with me this summer! lol! Thanks for the great ideas!

    xoxo laurie

  9. I love old windows many uses,I sold one the other day to a girl who was going to try to paint the individual panes with chalkboard paint.
    thanks for the inspiration :)

  10. I love old windows and have been fortunate to find a few myself. The ones you showed are gorgeous!

  11. I LOVE using vintage windows in my decor. They add so much character to a space. I LOVE all of the inspiration pictures you shared with us, Maria! You should definitely go for it and buy the collection of windows you've been admiring. Even if you don't tackle the greenhouse project (which I love) for a while, at least you'll have them when you're ready.
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
    ~ Jo :)

    p.s. Love the idea about the window in the bathroom... that would work great in my bedroom! Thanks for the inspiration! :)

  12. I'm so happy Mary at Urban Farmgirl told us about your blog...and I can't wait to be a new follower! Old windows are my favorite too! The best project we ever did was build a large glass house out of them...yes it is a lot of labor but it's so pretty when it's finished.
    Just keep buying/finding them till you have enough...good luck.
    Amy @

  13. Those are excellent suggestions for repurposing old windows. Placing an old window between two adjacent rooms is a brilliant idea. That way, an impression of wider space will be apparent in both rooms.

  14. I love the way you divided your bathroom with a window. That is really neat. I would love to do something like this in my home.

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