Windows are our view to the world but what we do with them when they are removed from their original purpose can make a most wonderful statement piece in our home. Displayed alone or used to enhance vintage collections the old multi-pane and single pane windows with the Victorian age wavy glass are stunning additions. We’ve listed just a few ideas below to get you started on your journey.
Serve well as a frame for vintage photos or art collage.
Windows as backdrops
Place a widow of the appropriate size on your mantle and let it rest against your fireplace front for a beautiful backdrop for your vintage seasonal or thematic décor.
Create a chalkboard
Attach a chalkboard to the back of old windows missing their glass for a unique chalkboard.
Create a mirror
Affix a mirror to the back and hang in any room for a beautiful vintage look.
In a vintage garden
Crisscross a window minus the glass with string or wire for a miniature garden trellis for your porch.
In your vintage kitchen
Back window frames with chicken wire or hardware cloth to hang kitschy kitchen tools.
Small pane windows as doors
These small windows work well as the front to a reclaimed wood cabinet or medicine cabinet.
Vintage Safety FYI: many old wood frame windows were painted with lead paint. In prepping a frame for use, note that washing is okay, adding a layer of paint is okay, dry sanding is not. To read more about safely handling lead painted items, visit the EPA lead paint information site.