What To Do With Old Windows And Doors

| 5 February 2018

There comes a time in the life of every homeowner where they need to decide what to do with old windows and doors. How do you determine if they should be recycled, thrown away, or repurposed? Generally speaking, even though your windows and doors have reached the end of their lifespan so to speak, they can, with some elbow grease and some ingenuity, be repurposed into different items and transform into something entirely different. Below are some things you can do with old windows and doors once they stop functioning in their original capacity.

Repurposing Old Windows And Doors


Old glass doors can be incredibly useful as room dividers. This eclectic look goes great in older homes, or in rustic looking cottages where you are free to let your creativity shine through. You don’t even need to refinish the wood, or fix cracked glass. Old doors provide charm and you can add flair and charm to a bathroom mirror cabinet just by simply using an old door or window instead. It may require that you retrofit either option, or both with some hinges so it can be attached to the mirror or wall. But overall it provides an interesting look and feel.

Chalk Board

Many people keep chalk or white boards around their home (usually by the front door or in the kitchen) so they can write down things they need, important dates or helpful daily reminders. If you have an old door or window, the door can work great as a chalkboard replacement and the window as a whiteboard replacement. Just think of the window’s glass as a stand in for that old plastic projector tape you used to see in school.

Headboards for Beds

Instead of going with the store-bought, pre-packed headboard, why not inject some of your own style and taste into the mix and use that old door. Old doors can be sanded and refinished and turned into great bedroom additions, especially for the earthy or the artistic soul.

Repurposing your old windows and doors can be a fun excuse to do a little decorating and a great excuse if you were looking for a DIY project. If you have an old door or window lying around and are at a loss as to what to do with it, don’t retire it to the junk heap or the side of the road just yet. Keep in mind the above recycling objects cut down on junk, and extend the useful life of what you’ve got on hand without spending too much money.

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