Ladies craft night anyone?! A while back, I was really into hosting crafting nights. I’d already done some painting parties, so I decided to shift gears into a window upcycling party. I found a stock of old windows for a $20 steal and sent out the invite. The windows were very dirty and very chippy, requiring a good bit of elbow grease. I did all the cleanup before to make it easy. For the event, the guests were informed that I would be providing the paint and paintbrushes. If they wanted anything special, they would have to bring it for themselves. With that, we were ready to relieve our stress by letting our creativity shine through some repurposed old windows.
That party was one of the motivations for putting this list together for you all. Since that party, I’ve had the leftover windows sitting in wait in my garage. I’ve included those generally quick and easy projects below.
11 ideas to give a whirl for repurposed old windows:
1. Bakery Stand Window
This bakery stand was one of my more recent projects. My girls were in love with the end results and have used it many times to raise money for charity, Determined to Donate.
2. Shabby Chic Display (from my Paint party)
“Every Dream begins with a Wish”
3. Shelf and Picture Holder
My 6-year-old was very excited about getting a desk in her room for Christmas. When I asked if she wanted a window shelf above it, she was all about it. She picked the color and I added shelf brackets. The little ballerinas were a cheap find from Michaels to fit with her ballerina-themed room. It was such an easy project.
4. Mantle Decor from Walnut and Vine
5. Mirrored Window by Finding Home Farms
This is a tutorial on a footboard towel rack. I love every bit of the total look from antique clocks to pink bottles. Super cute!
6. Altered Window Frame by Little Birdie Secrets
7. Command Center by Dwelling in Happiness
8. Window Box Cabinet by My Repurposed Life
9. Window Planter by Prodigal Pieces
10. DIY Mini Greenhouse by HgTV
I’m completely smitten with this adorable upcycle.
11. Bathroom Storage Window and Shutters
Last but not least. This was my latest project to spruce up my girls’ sad-looking bathroom. The window started out as a single pane old window without the crossbars. After an accidental slip causing the pane to break, I decided to go with a Plan B. Plan B included constructing my own crossbars with a router and making pull out metal mesh earring holders. I include a tutorial on constructing those on one of my picture frame posts. It was definitely a win-win situation; I got a larger window and a set of shutters out of my garage stockpile and created a quick organizer for all the bows, headbands, earrings, and misc items. My girls thought it was a hit!
Pop-Out Earring Holders:
Shutter Headband Holder:
To say it simply, my 6-year-old has A LOT of headbands. The shutter pull bar was a perfect way to hold them in place.
Towel (or Jewelry) Hooks
The builders of our new home put one long bar towel holder up in this bathroom, which sufficed for the last 5 years. I was tired of not having a place to hang multiple towels separately, so I’m really happy about the added options the double hooks provide.
The very sad looking before photo: a ribbon frame bow holder and an owl earring holder.
End of the countdown on 11 sensational ways to repurpose your old windows
I hope you enjoyed the ideas and that’s it inspired you to create some of your own!