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6 Clever Ideas For Reusing Old Windows and Doors

June 10, 2015

Old WindowsDo you have a stack of old windows and doors gathering dust in your garage or workshop? Maybe you’ve saved some from a recent renovation or collected a few from yard sales or thrift stores. Are you looking for inspiration on how to repurpose or display them? We’ve found these 6 clever ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

Coat Rack

For rustic appeal in your entrance hallway, create a charming coat rack from an old window. Add old farmhouse hooks to hang hats/jackets then secure the window to the wall. Place a country style hall table or bench underneath the rack to create a vintage look. Check out the links below for two different styles you can make yourself.

Follow these instructions to make this DIY Vintage Window Coat Rack from Simply Family Magazine or try this project: Before and After: An Old Window Turns Into Something  Cute from Cozy. Country. Cute 

Headboard

Old doors make fabulous headboards. They are easy to transform or update with a little paint or stain to complement your decor. Using your imagination and DIY skills, you can upcycle that old door into a striking centrepiece for your bedroom.

Want a jumpstart? Click the following links for easy step-by-step instructions.

Make a DIY Headboard From a Repurposed Door — a tutorial from Country Living magazine

Take a look at this article: Knock, Knock, Who’s There? A DIY Headboard Tutorial from The Dizzy House.

KeysCabinets

One of the most versatile pieces of furniture that can be made from old windows or doors is a cabinet. From a small bathroom cabinet to a gorgeous “antique” cupboard, you can create a lovely piece that enhances the look and feel of any room. Use old hardware to decorate your “new” piece. Links below for instructions and photos.

 

 

Make a Cabinet Out of an Old Door by following the directions from Old-House Online

Coffee Table

Another way to repurpose an old window is to make a coffee table. Choose a shadow box type of table that combines style with storage/display capacity by hinging the window on top of a box frame. You can also make a simpler coffee table with an antique window, a bit of wood and some paint.

Watch Hallmark Channel’s Home and Family video for details on building a display coffee table.

For a different look, check out this clever coffee table project, DIY Cheap Coffee Table Idea – Re-purposing an Old Window Into a Table, from Thrifty NW Mom.

Dining Table

Tables can be expensive, but you can build your own using an old door to make a chic statement that showcases your personality. Your “new” dining table can have a sleek modern look or a classic vintage appeal depending on the type of door you use.

Check out these posts for more details and ideas:
How to Build a Dining Table From an Old Door and Posts from HGTV

How to Make a Dining Table out of a old Door: from DIY and Crafts

Greenhouse

BabyGreenhouse

Photo by DesignDreams by Anne. Used with permission

Have you ever wanted a greenhouse for your back garden? With a few old windows and a little scrap lumber, you can have a planthouse that is inexpensive and unique. Check out the links below for tutorials, detailed instructions and ideas.

Greenhouse From Old Window — a step-by-step tutorial with photos from Instructables

How I Built the Baby Greenhouse by blogger and DIY enthusiast, Anne at Design Dreams by Anne

 

These 6 clever ideas are just a few of the many projects you can do with salvaged items. So, don’t throw out your old doors, or pass up that shabby looking window in the thrift store, instead unleash your creativity! You may just discover a hidden passion while building something new to you!

 

 

We’d love to hear about your window/door upcycling projects. Tell us about them in the comments section.

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