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When I was little, “You make a better door than a window” was a popular way to complain about someone blocking the TV in front of you. Turns out that sometimes even windows are better in other capacities! Take a look at these wonderfully crafty ideas for old windows to see what I mean…

Old Window Ideas: Window Box

Design by Mandy Stansberry

YOU MAKE A BETTER PIECE OF WALL ART THAN A WINDOW:
Hey, there’s no rule that window boxes need to stay outdoors! Attach a box to an old window frame, hang on a bare wall and change out the display to reflect the seasons.

Old Window Ideas: Coffee Bar

Design by RMS user acupacup

YOU MAKE A BETTER COFFEE BAR THAN A WINDOW:
An old window frame can turn your counter space into a mini cafe. Just make like RMS user acupacup and add what her name says. Hang cups and mugs from glass knobs for easy access in the morning when you’re stumbling around like a zombie looking for your caffeine fix.

Old Window Ideas: Picture Frame

DIY Network Blog Cabin 2012

YOU MAKE A BETTER PICTURE FRAME THAN A WINDOW:
One of the old windows of DIY Network’s Blog Cabin 2012 home was discovered during renovation and later reappeared in the finished living room, purposed as a lovely vintage picture frame. Can’t you picture this in your home?

Old Window Ideas: Garden Art

Via: DIY Network

YOU MAKE A BETTER GARDEN INSTALLATION THAN A WINDOW:
If you want to feel at home outside, hanging old window frames is a great way to give a backyard space some shape and definition. Head over to DIY Network to see how it’s done.

Old Window Ideas: Headboard

Design by Jessica McKay

YOU MAKE A BETTER HEADBOARD THAN A WINDOW:
This old window from a barn door is the perfect size to stand in for a traditional headboard. (This is actually one place where both doors AND windows work well!)

Which old window idea is clearly the best? And do you have any clever uses for old windows? Tell us in the comments below.

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13 Responses

  1. Shannon says:

    The garden installations are my favorites.

  2. Rhonda says:

    I love the wall art and coffee bar.

  3. Laura says:

    I have glass shelves and white brackets to add to two windows to make curio shelves.

  4. DBCoop says:

    Thanks, Briana, for these cool window wall art inspirations. It opens a whole new outlook on life. Besides being a creative and appealing way to recycle.

  5. John says:

    I took an old window from a house that was torn down. The house was over 100yrs. old. The glass was broken, so I cut mirror to fit and is now a wall decoration in our living room. Fits well. Our house was built in 1880.

  6. Joan says:

    I have four old windows that I have painted a different season on each. I have them placed in our basement family room in front of our glass block windows and the sun shines through them. We enjoy them.

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Briana MowreyBriana is a writer and senior editor for HGTV.com. Her self-described design style is "mid-century modern magpie." She lives in a Brooklyn apartment with her husband, their spoiled dachshund, Chauncey,...

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