One of the first things that we did when we started remodeling our house was replace the windows. Now, the house has a lot of windows so there were several old windows that I needed to get rid of. I thought about just throwing them out or maybe selling them cheap in a yard sale but then I wondered, “What can I do with these windows to add some charm to my home and not have to worry about hauling them away?”
Well, I’ve found it – in fact, I’ve found 40 amazing and easy ways that you can repurpose old windows and turn them into beautiful home décor. These projects all have that wonderful farmhouse décor look and feel. If that’s your goal, you are sure to enjoy this collection. Be sure to also check out my 55 farmhouse furniture and décor ideas if you really want to add that farmhouse appeal to your home.
I really love the look of decorating windows. You are going to find so many wonderful ways to repurpose old windows and turn them into something completely new and exciting. From gallery walls and artwork to stained glass, chalkboards, and even a headboard, these DIY window repurpose projects are sure to get your creative juices flowing. There’s even a great room divider made from old windows to separate the living room and kitchen. Speaking of kitchens, have you tried this blueberry pie recipe yet? It’s delicious and sure to be a crowd pleaser.
So, if you’ve been searching for DIY farmhouse decor, this is the collection for you. From gorgeous shower doors to window planters and more, there is something in here that is perfect for repurposing your old windows and turning them into gorgeous home decor. There are even a couple of ideas for greenhouses in different sizes! Have fun reusing those old windows and be sure to let me know what you’ve created.
1. Wreath Display
I love how simple this project is and how it makes such a profound display statement. Just take that old window and hang a wreath in it. This would be a lovely addition to any living room and would instantly give you that great farmhouse look. You may need to clean up your window or even distress it a bit but overall, this is a really inexpensive yet beautiful way to use up those old windows.
2. Chalkboard Window
I love this chalkboard window idea. It’s a great décor idea plus it gives you a much needed communication center. Just clean up that old window, tape off the glass areas, and spray with chalkboard paint. How easy is that? This would be great in kitchens for shopping lists or you could use it anywhere you want to leave personal messages for the family.
3. DIY Baby Greenhouse
Oh the joys of owning your own greenhouse! I love this easy baby greenhouse project. This little mini greenhouse is perfect for those house plants that you want to grow or even for starters for your vegetable garden. It’s a simple build and if you have a few old storm windows already on hand, it won’t cost you anything but a little time.
4. Artwork Backdrop
I really do love the idea of using old vintage windows as décor. This artwork backdrop idea is genius and would look beautiful on the mantel or hanging on the wall. Just place your window and then hang your artwork in the center. This would be great for rooms with few windows – just to give the illusion of more natural light and is such a quick and easy way to use up those old windows.
5. Quick And Easy Bathroom Mirrors
If you don’t have anything else to do with those old windows, why not turn them into amazing bathroom mirrors? You’ll have to remove the glass panes and replace them with mirrors, but overall this is a pretty easy project. Windows make such wonderful mirrors, too. If you have larger ones – and a garden tub – think about putting them along the side of the tub. The additional mirrors will make your room seem much larger, too.
6. Farmhouse Bathroom Wall Cabinet
Here’s another wonderful way to use those old windows in the bathroom. I adore the farmhouse look of this bathroom cabinet, and you can build it easily in a day’s time. It has such a great antique look to it and it will hold all those bathroom essentials that you just don’t have room for in other cabinets. I love this for holding towels and toilet paper above the toilet, but you could hang it wherever you have room, and even adjust the sizing if you need to.
7. DIY Moveable Window Wall
This is a wonderful idea for open floor plans, when you need just a bit of separation between rooms. This window wall rolls out of the way so you can move it around as needed. It offers such an elegant look to this open living room and kitchen and allows the space to remain open while being separate at the same time. It’s also pretty easy to make and gives you a wonderful conversation piece.
8. DIY Chalkboard Window Calendar
What a wonderful way to use up old windows! This DIY chalkboard window calendar will certainly help you to keep track of important upcoming dates and it makes a beautiful display. I love the hooks at the bottom for hanging jackets and scarves, too. This would be a wonderful addition to your coat room or entry hall and you can make it in just a couple of hours.
9. Cheap Jewelry Organizer
A salon I frequent has an old window display similar to this for showing off jewelry that they sell. You could also do this for organizing your jewelry at home. You can take the glass out of that old window to make it a bit safer and then just add old doorknobs or drawer pulls for your hangers. This is such a beautiful jewelry organizer and you can stand it up on the dresser or hang it on the wall.
10. DIY Window Corkboard
This DIY corkboard made from an old window frame is the perfect accessory for your home office. The corks are from wine bottles – don’t worry, if you don’t drink that much wine you can buy the corks – and they hold messages perfectly. Just hot glue your corks into place, in whatever pattern or design you choose, and then use tacks to hold business cards, appointment reminders, or whatever else you need right there at your fingertips.
11. Creative Altered Window Frame Display
This is a simple project that gives you a beautiful display that’s perfect for any room in the home. Using that old paned window, you’ll add some scrapbooking paper or colorful fabric – coordinate your patterns and colors or go completely alternative with different looks for each pane. Add a few hooks or old drawer pulls to the bottom to make it a bit more functional. This is a beautiful display that will take you about an hour or so to finish.
12. Decorative Wall Mirror
Just a little paint or stain and you could turn that old window into a gorgeous mirror for your entry or hallway. You’ll need to replace the glass panes with mirrors, which is really pretty easy. Overall, this project shouldn’t take you more than an hour or so and you end up with a beautiful mirror – much like the ones you’ll pay hundreds of dollars for in high end furniture or department stores.
13. DIY Antique Window Headboard
Those old windows make wonderful headboards, and allow you to instantly add farmhouse appeal to the bedroom. This is such a simple project and one that will instantly transform your bedroom. You just literally hang the windows above your bed – you will need to clean and maybe distress them a bit depending on the look that you want. Smaller windows are perfect for this and it’s a great addition if you want to give the look of a larger room.
14. Antique Looking Curio Cabinet
This antique looking cabinet can be built completely from scratch. Imagine having this gorgeous cabinet and not paying a couple hundred dollars for it. You’ll use those old windows as the doors, which allow you to display your favorite items and the entire cabinet can be built in a weekend. You’ll need a few power tools and some wood and other supplies. You end up with a gorgeous cabinet that you can use for china, knick knacks or anything you want to proudly display.
15. Family Command Center
This family command center is fabulous and a must for busy parents. You use an old window frame and the command center has everything from a calendar to pockets to hold bills and other things and it’s even got a place for your grocery list. This is a wonderful way to use up an old window and get something to help keep you organized.
16. DIY Fence Design
How gorgeous is this fence made from old windows? This is such an easy way to use up those windows and dress up your outdoor living spaces at the same time. The fence is made from old windows and an old stair baluster, both of which you can find at thrifts stores for just a few dollars each.
17. DIY Fireplace Screen
Repurpose those old windows into this amazing fireplace screen. This seems like such an easy project. Just clean up and maybe paint or stain your windows, and add the “feet” which are shelf backs. This helps to keep soot and other fireplace debris out of the room during the warmer months when you aren’t using your fireplace and gives you such a wonderful display at the same time.
18. Full Sized Greenhouse
So, we’ve seen a mini greenhouse, but you won’t believe how easy it is to use those old windows to build a full sized greenhouse. Note that this project will take a lot of windows. If you’ve recently replaced all of your windows, this is the perfect project to repurpose them. There are shutters in use here too so you can use up those old shutters and get a greenhouse that’s just as functional as it is beautiful.
19. Repurposed Window Kitchen Island
I love the look of glass in a kitchen island. It sort of incorporates a china cabinet with the island, which is both useful and gorgeous. You can opt to leave the sides out of your island and fill them in with those old windows. Leave the back open and you won’t have to worry about doors or you could create doors from the windows, too.