Old Window Pane Decoration Ideas

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Salvaged windows typically have broken panes of glass that render the windows useless as an architectural element. With a little hard work through, those old windows become a new accessory for your home. Old window pane decoration ideas offer ways to turn those broken windows into something attractive. Visit any salvaged goods store and you can find different styles and types of windows.

Clothing Rack

  • Old windows become a rack for clothing and it doesn't matter what the window panes look like. Do the project with a window that has just a few rough edges or one that is missing all of its panes. Paint the window with a fresh coat of white or brightly colored paint or, leave as-is if you prefer the naturally distressed wood on the window. Purchase clothing hooks from your home improvement store. The hooks have two curved sides that hold the clothing and two holes for screwing into place. Attach the hooks to the bottom of the window and attach a chain to the back for hanging on the wall.

Distressed Table

  • Turn a larger window into a funky coffee table or kitchen table for your home. Smaller windows are more appropriate for end tables. Use vintage table legs from an old scratched or broken table. Or, purchase new table legs from a hardware or furniture store. Replace any broken panes in the window with new panes of glass or small pieces of wood glued into place. Use wood glue or screws to attach the four table legs at each corner of the window.

Bedroom Headboard

  • Remove any existing panes from the window, especially any broken panes or those with sharp edges. Drape a piece of fabric over the back of the window, using thumbtacks to secure the fabric to the back of the window. Use more thumbtacks at the bottom of the window, pulling the fabric tightly to keep it from bunching up or sagging. Trim off the excess fabric and turn the window over. Hang the window above the bed as a new headboard. Depending on the size of the window and the size of the bed, you may need two windows.

New Chalkboard

  • Remove the glass panes from the window and replace with small pieces of wood, cut to the same size as the window panes. Paint the wood pieces with blackboard or chalkboard paint. For a funky take on the chalkboard idea, paint a large piece of wood and attach it to the back of the window with wood glue. Remove several window panes and draw a design or write on the chalkboard. Then, place the window panes back in the window. The glass preserves your work, while the other spots are open for drawing.

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