What to Make With Old Wooden Window Frames


Old window frames can be used in a variety of ways, all which will prevent the old frame from entering a landfill. Old frames are many times very sturdy, allowing many options when it comes to design and re-purposing. From table design to wall art to garden design, these old wooden window frames can create a new addition to any home.

Custom Table

  • You can easily use old wooden window frames to create a rustic coffee table or dining table, depending on the size of the frame. There are several options to consider when making this type of table. First, if the frame is sturdy, simply add four legs and use a wood stain to match the colors to your liking. Add a large piece of glass over the frame to create a flat surface and protect the frame beneath.
    Alternately, consider using or making a simple, standard table, and placing the frame on top. You will be able to see through the frame to the table top below, so consider using paint or crafting paper to create a design. Secure the window frame to the table top, then cover with a large piece of glass to create a flat surface and protect the window frame beneath.

Wall Art

  • Old wooden window frames can also be used to create wall art. As you will be able to see through the window panes, attach to a wall to create a rustic look, or add a layer of contrasting paint to the wall behind the frame. Also consider using fabric or crafting paper to create a design behind the frame.

Frames in the Garden

  • Old wooden window frames work beautifully in the garden, as their rustic quality creates an elegant garden addition. If you have a fence around the garden, drill hinges into one side of the frame and use as a garden gate entrance. Alternately, place it within the garden and use it as a lattice, allowing plants and vines to grow up and through the frame. If placing outside, it's best to cover the frame with a coat of polyurethane to protect it from rain, sun and other outdoor elements.

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