Pinterest is bursting with photos of ways to repurpose old things. From doors to windows, hooks to leather, there is no shortage of inspiration online. The problem is that sometimes those inspirational pieces are beyond your capabilities.
We’ve tackled a few projects using one of the year’s hottest trends: old windows. Check out these four different window projects for some pieces easy to tackle for the first-timer but are also easy to customize for the more seasoned repurposer.
There are many places to find old windows. For starters, you can begin at the Rochester Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Not only are you saving old pieces from the landfill, your purchase goes toward helping those in need in our own community. Other places to find windows include online resources such as Craigslist and many of the local garage sale pages on Facebook. As always, use caution when making an online transaction of any kind.
Here are four ways we repurposed our windows.
- For a quick project, don’t do any repurposing. Clean up your window, hang some picture hangers on the back and use it as decoration as-is. We love how such a simple project can make such a great statement.
- To make your window a little more personal, you can turn it into a picture frame. Choose a favorite photo and have it printed at an office store, such as Staples, as an engineer print. Note that the image will be black and white, so make sure you’re okay losing color. Cut the print to fit in your window. Then pin it to your wall and place your window pane over top.
- Create a chicken wire picture or note holder. Carefully remove the glass panes and staple pieces of chicken wire to the back. Use tiny clothespins to attach photos, cards and more.
- It’s easy to jazz up a window and turn it into a coat or scarf rack. Find some fun handles (we got ours at Home Depot) and add them to your window. Then hang and use.