5 Old Window Ideas We Love

Get creative and inexpensive ways to transform old windows into chic and functional home decor.
By: Briana Mowrey and Chelsea Faulkner
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When I was little, “You make a better door than a window” was a popular way to complain about someone blocking the TV in front of you. Turns out that sometimes even windows are better in other capacities! Take a look at these wonderfully crafty ideas for old windows to see what I mean.

You Make a Better Piece of Wall Art Than a Window

Fall Window Box Arrangement

Fall Window Box Arrangement

Hey, there’s no rule that window boxes need to stay outdoors! Attach a box to an old window frame, hang on a bare wall and change out the display to reflect the seasons.

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Acorns and Autumn

Brown Paper Blossoms

Rustic Elements

Open Frames

Metallic Mirrors

Primitive Perfected

Wall Words

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Window Box

Row of Wreaths

You Make a Better Coat Rack Than a Window

Mercury Glass Window With Hooks

Mercury Glass Window With Hooks

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Danmade

All it takes is a few coats of paint and some hardware to turn an old window into a chic coat rack for your entryway or mudroom. You can leave the glass as is or paint it to resemble antique mercury glass. It's super easy and looks just like the real thing!

You Make a Better Picture Frame Than a Window

Picture Window Frame

Picture Window Frame

Photo by: Frank Murray

Frank Murray

One of the old windows of DIY Network’s Blog Cabin 2012 home was discovered during renovation and later reappeared in the finished living room, repurposed as a lovely vintage picture frame. Can’t you picture this in your home? 

You Make a Better Garden Installation Than a Window

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If you want to feel at home outside, hanging old window frames is a great way to give a backyard space some shape and definition.

You Make a Better Headboard Than a Window

Stylish Mirror Headboard

Stylish Mirror Headboard

This old window from a barn door is the perfect size to stand in for a traditional headboard. (This is actually one place where both doors AND windows work well!)

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Decal Dreams

Low-Cost Luan

Whimsical Silhouette

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Behind Closed Doors

Vintage Textiles

Color Happy

Elegant Alternative

Chalkboard Frame

Two-Tone Plywood

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Wallpaper Magic

Glamour on a Budget

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Raise the (Shoe) Bar

Rustic Jewelry Display

Ice-Cube Tray Munchies

Mobile and Mess-Free Storage

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New Home for Magazines

Tea Tin Herb Garden

Entryway Shutter Catchall

Teacup Organizers

Shipping Pallet Wine Rack

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Ladder Drying Rack

Paint Can Coat Hooks

Revamp Soda Crates

Rings to the Rescue

Clever Clipping

Modern Canning

Let 'Em Simmer

Dish Drainer File System

Functional Collectables

By the Yard

Junk Drawer in Order

Recycled Utensil Storage Containers

Photo By: Layla Palmer

Pot Rack for Planters

Clean Out Your Kitchen

Wine Crate Jewelry Display

A Simple Solution

License Plate Room Divider

New Life for Wooden Spools

Pitcher-Turned-Vase

First-Place Storage

Pull Out Your Drawers

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