Decorating on a Dime: How to Repurpose Your Old Windows

| 9 September 2014
Decorating on a dime, on the cheap, on a budget, or whatever you prefer to call it usually involves a good deal of patience and creativity. Patience is a surprising thing to list, but it’s necessary because you can’t just jump on every new trend or buy items exactly when you want them! That’s why you have to be creative - sometimes repurposing old, discarded items is the best way to create something new. Repurpose Old Windows Using your old windows is one way DIYers are able to decorate without spending a bundle on supplies. If you don’t have any of your own old windows to use, you can check out garage sales, flea markets, barns and antique stores. Older windows create that nostalgic look many homeowners crave. Here are a few ways you can repurpose your old windows and decorate several areas of your home. Boards and Calendars One way to use old windows is by turning them into bulletin boards or a calendar for your home office. Depending on the size of the window, you may need a decent amount of cork to make a bulletin board, but the finished product will be worth it, because it will quite a lot of character to your office! Simply find cork that will fit into the outer frame, use a hot glue gun to secure it in place, and voila! A 10-minute DIY project that will bring instant rustic charm to your home’s décor. For your calendar, you could consider making a chalk board out of some of the glass pannels to make to-do lists for work or home. If you really want to get creative, place the chalk board calendar in a child’s room and add a few clothing hooks to the bottom. Then, you can hang their clothes for the next day and remind them to keep their room clean! Cupboards Using old windows to decorate your kitchen cupboards will really add some character. You may need to find quite a few, depending on how many cupboards you have, but attaching old frames to the exterior of the cupboards will create a rustic look that’s very attractive. Framed Prints What better way to display photos and other pictures that mean a lot, than to use repurposed windows? You can use them to hold pieces of art around the house, to show some of your wedding photos, or to display special moments with the family. Headboard Old windows have the potential to make a very decorative headboard, with just a few small tweaks. You can paint the windows, add different fabrics or even use the picture frame idea and incorporate it into a headboard design! The possibilities are endless, so the next time you want to spruce up your home and aren’t sure how you can afford it, consider some old windows and let your imagination run wild.
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