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Decorating With Old Windows

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Decorating With Old Windows

Rustic, farmhouse, rustic glam, farmhouse glam, French country, modern farmhouse and the list goes on and on. These are the new trends in decorating which I like to compare to being a little bit country and a little bit glamorous. I have never been a “glam girl” I always sort of gravitated to the warm and cozy traditional or rustic flavor. But now designers are incorporating the two and I love it. It leaves so much room for doing what I love and that is upcycling and I love what designers, decorators, and upcyclers like me, are doing with old windows. Decorating with Old Windows has become very popular and just in case you are wondering how it’s done, I have pulled together several different projects/examples, including one of my own, that uses old windows to bring a little farmhouse/rustic style to a space. 

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Let’s begin: What we have here is a very cutesy way to hang photos. They used smaller picture frames and simply hung them using what looks burlap ribbon to an old picture frame. This is both rustic and a bit traditional. The black frames make it a little traditional while the burlap ribbon and the old window lend themselves to a more rustic look. I could see this hanging next to or over a fireplace, or as the focal point of a gallery wall. 

Decorating with Old Windows

Clickypix.  How cute are these windows with added flower boxes? Painting the frames black gave these old windows a more upscaled look. Don’t you think? And adding the flower boxes just adds the finishing touch. Believe it or not, I began this project on some extra windows I happened to have. They are hanging on either side of the door to our storage shed. We never got around to adding the flower boxes and I think that is what makes this project great and at least colorful. Think of how you could change out the flowers seasonally. Beautiful!

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Again from Clickypix, two of my favorite things were married to create a powerful statement. Left chippy and white, this piece could be classified as either rustic or French country. The wreath and the little cottage sign take this over the cuteness top! And the shape of the window makes this perfect to either dress this up or dress it down. What do you think?

Decorating With Old Windows

Look at how creative was with their windows.  They literally turned old windows into a beautifully crafted center island for a kitchen. Absolutely gorgeous and so very creative. Just goes to show that you don’t always have to hang old windows. 

How about this from Just Imagine? Did they do this or what? This is the cutest!!! How precious would this be in the corner of our garden? Don’t tell me, let me guess…gorgeous, right? Look at all of the details. The ironwork at the center of the A-frame, the doorknob, and the old-fashioned legs. It is all just perfect together.

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Finally, I had windows replaced a couple of years ago and I kept a few of the windows. I added 2 to our shed outside (I still need to add the flower boxes) and I upcycled these two for my dining room. I didn’t have to do much to make these fit into my modern farmhouse refresh for the room.  I left the paint chippy, cleaned them really well, and sealed with polyacrylic. The fit perfectly in that space and actually gave it new life. You can get the full tutorial here. 

Stay tuned for more decorating with old windows in our home because I love the simplicity and look.  And besides that, I enjoy the versatility. Have you used old windows in your space? Do you think old windows could fit your decor?

Decorating with Old Windows

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31 thoughts on “Decorating With Old Windows

  1. Love thes window ideas. I look forward to seeing all your post inspirational ideas this week

  2. I love how old windows are being used. I haven’t incorporated any into my décor, but I can’t wait to see how you use them.

  3. I love to decorate with old windows. These are great ideas! TFS!

  4. I love these ideas. I did a similar one on the outside of my ugly shed years ago. I also put some iron pieces on each side to mimic shutters and set a bench underneath it. It really dressed it up.
    🙂 gwingal

  5. Wow! I love all of these, especially the garden house! Thanks for sharing these Clearissa.

  6. Hi Helen. Old windows are so versatile…right? I love them. I am happy you enjoyed the article.

  7. Thanks Nikki. I love old windows too. I am going to finish what I started on the ones I hung on my shed last year. Thanks for stopping by.

  8. Thanks Amy. I am happy you enjoyed.

  9. Thanks Rhonda. I am glad you enjoyed.

  10. Thank you Candy. I will try not to disappoint. 🙂

  11. Great ideas! Pinned and shared.

  12. I love the kitchen island idea! Beautiful. One of my daughters saved some old windows from my grandmother’s house when it was being torn down. She is much more crafty than I am, so I am having her look at this post for ideas. Love it.

  13. I don’t know which one I liked the best. I love the island and the flower boxes are so cute. Really takes imagination. If you love imagination check out Thistlewood Farm — KariAnne is a character and she loves yard sales. I wish I had the DIY talent. We did have our windows replaced and I didn’t save one.

  14. Thank you so much Carol.

  15. Hi Pamela. Wouldn’t it be a wonderful thing to upcycle windows from your mom’s house? Thank you for stopping by and for sharing the post with your daughter.

  16. Hi Marisa,

    I will definitely check out Thistlewood Farm. I love to get creative ideas from other creatives. Ooooh I wish I had been somewhere in the vicinity when you got new windows. 🙂

  17. I do like the look of the island with the windows. I am not sure what my decorating style is mostly spending money and nothing looks good Decorating is not my thing.

  18. Yes, old windows are definitely the in thing now…and I like them 🙂 Shared on Fb, G+, Pn, and Tw ♥

  19. Oh Victoria. Just find a style you love and follow folks who love it too. You don’t have to be a decorator, just know what you love. 🙂

  20. Thank you Dee. Of course I love old and upcycling too. And these windows are just so versatile.

  21. I love the look of decorating with old windows also Clearissa! All of these you brought together for us are wonderful and giving me lots of ideas!

  22. Oh, my goodness! ‘So much inspiration my head is spinning! While they are all beautiful, I think my favorite is the miniature greenhouse! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures


  23. Oh Marci,

    There are so many ideas for upcycling old windows. It is amazing and difficult to choose one project. 🙂

  24. Ooooh happy you enjoyed the article. Please share if you try any of the ideas or come up with some of your own.

  25. These ideas are yummy. my daughter used one with 4 glasses in it to hold photos. It’s one of my favorite things.

  26. Hi April,
    I’ll bet your daughter’s window/picture frame is gorgeous. Did she paint it or leave it rustic? There are just so may options.

  27. There are so many great ideas here. I think the one I am most fascinated by is the Island but the one I am most likely to do is the birdhouse.

  28. Hi Elisa. I am absolutely in love with the island. But the one on my radar for spring is the one with the windows and flower boxes outside. I started it, but did not complete last year. 🙂 Good luck with your birdhouse! 🙂

  29. some gorgeous ideas! I especially love the island. We’ve been collecting windows for a while now and still haven’t used a single one!

  30. Hi Katelynn, I am in love with the island as well. Wish I had room for it. But if you have space, that would be a great project for all those windows you’ve collected. 🙂 My goal is to complete the outside flowerboxes. I started last year. Just hung the windows on our shed but never got around to adding flower boxes. Hopefully this year. 🙂

  31. I adore the windows with the flower boxes! What a creative idea.

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