New Uses for Old Window Frames

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Vintage window frame coffee table

Vintage window frames have such charm and character... and also the potential to be transformed and repurposed into some pretty practical and functional pieces! I love the rustic and weathered look that an old window brings to a contemporary space and I've found some fabulous DIY ideas for making an old window into something new. (Please note: old window frames may be finished in lead paint, so be cautious when working with them!)

Above: simple and chic, an antique window with glass is set on a pair of bourgeois crates for a utilitarian coffee table with serious style.

Vintage window frame wall art

Cardboard pieces cut to size replace the glass in this old paneled window to create large scale wall art. Patterned wallpaper pieces (you could use inexpensive scrapbook paper too) are attached with spray adhesive.

 Vintage window frame jewelry holder

Wire mesh stapled to the back of a vintage window creates the perfect place to hang pairs of earrings, while small s-hooks attached to the frame allow necklaces to be hung tangle-free. This jewelry display makes a big impact in a bedroom without breaking the bank.

Vintage window frame laundry drying rack

Perfect for apartment dwellers, this DIY laundry drying rack is a simple window frame attached securely to the wall with hinges.

 Vintage window frame memo center

This salvaged window gets a new life with the addition of a barn board shelf and some chalkboard paint to become a sweet family message center. (Adding decorative hooks to the underside of the shelf would make a great place to store your keys!)

What's your favorite way to transform an old window frame into something new?

Images: Eldrids, CraftyNest, The Borrowed Abode, Melinda Dame Christensen on Pinterest, Post Road Vintage

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  • I used old window frames for the seating charts at my wedding! :)

  • Love it - that's such a cute idea!

  • I love the drying rack idea! Time for me to start looking for old window frames.

  • Are there instructions on how to make this?

  • Hi Susan, you can try clicking on the links at the bottom of the post to take you to the image sources - they may have tutorials on how to make some of these items. Good luck!

New Uses for Old Window Frames