Creative homeowners may find it hard to let go of their old windows after getting replacement windows installed. The frames have a certain historic or rustic charm, and if the glass is still intact, these windows may even have some purpose left in them.

After getting new window installation, you’ll be happy to find that there are dozens of different crafty projects homeowners can complete with their old windows. Here are just a few to consider trying out.

Outdoor Projects

Those old window frames lend themselves to a number of outdoor projects. If you are handy with nails, hammer, and some other tools you can turn old windows into especially useful parts of the garden or patio. Consider exploring a few of these options:

  • Window Greenhouse: The window frames can be converted into the roof of a mini green house or garden box to keep plants warm in winter.
  • Privacy Screen: Paint the glass in your windows with decorative designs and hang them above one another along the sunny side of your patio or porch. They provide a little privacy and create a beautiful display when the sun is out.
  • Outdoor Coffee Table: Use your carpentry skills to reinforce the frame with some wood and add four legs. Now you have a rustic coffee table suitable for the patio.
  • Hanging Garden: Replace the glass panes with wood boxes or garden fabric pockets and use it as a hanging garden for small plants.
  • Window Fence: Whether your windows still have glass in them or not, you can tie or hinge them together to serve as an eclectic fence around the garden.

Indoor Projects

Your windows can also find new life inside the home as part of another piece of furniture or wall decor. Consider checking out these ideas:

  • Glass Cabinet Doors: Give your cabinets clear glass doors by repainting old windows and adding hardware to them. It’s a great way to add a rustic touch to the kitchen or living areas.
  • Family Organizer: Knock out those glass panes and place different organizing features in each pane of the window, like a mini cork board, chalkboard, mail dividers, and mini hooks.
  • Family Photographs: Place a different picture behind each pane of glass and back it with heavy cardboard or wood. Instant frame for your precious family memories.
  • Shadow Boxes/Displays: Build a wood box with the window frames as a front for display purposes. You can create a themed shadow box or just put some knick-knacks inside.

Recycling Windows

Not feeling highly creative. That’s alright. There’s not always enough time or space available to work on a craft project. But, your windows can still have purpose. Check to see if there are recyclers or home material reuse stores that will take your old windows. They can sell or give the windows to other homeowners, window contractors, artists, or simply break down the materials to reuse in a different way.

No matter what you plan to do with your old home windows, you’ll still need qualified window contractors to install the new ones. Turn to Mad City Windows for help with a window replacement in Wisconsin. Give us a call to set up a no-obligation consultation. Or, fill out our online form to speak with a representative about a free quote



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