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Revitalize and Repurpose an Old Window

A few months ago, I discovered a couple of old windows up in my attic.  Actually, it was the top and bottom half of a single window, but let’s not get hung up on technicalities.  I’m not sure where this window came from, as none of the windows in my entire house are this size.  I was glad to have found them, though!  I knew they would be fun to repurpose, I just needed to find a good place for them.  While recently redoing our guest room, I decided that one of the windows would look great above the bed.  I really love how it turned out, and it honestly wasn’t as hard as I imagined to revitalize and repurpose an old window.  

Here's a step-by-step tutorial for how to revitalize and repurpose an old window. It's simpler than you may think, and makes for a unique, farmhouse-style decor piece.

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Supplies Used:

      1. Old window
      2. Sandpaper, Fine Grit
      3. Spackle
      4. Putty Knife
      5. Oil-based paint in white (semi-gloss)
      6. Utility Knife/Box Cutter
      7. Razor Scraper
      8. Sawtooth Picture Hangers
      9. 20 lb Picture Hangers

The first thing I did was wipe the window down with a wet paper towel.  I have no idea how long it was sitting up in the attic, but it had a pretty good layer of dust and dirt on it! 

There was a strip of plastic along the front of the window that we decided to pull off.  It left a couple of crevices in the window that my husband filled in with spackle. 

Here's a step-by-step tutorial for how to revitalize and repurpose an old window. It's simpler than you may think, and makes for a unique, farmhouse-style decor piece.

He simply ran some spackle over the crack and smoothed it out with his finger.  

Here's a step-by-step tutorial for how to revitalize and repurpose an old window. It's simpler than you may think, and makes for a unique, farmhouse-style decor piece.

Once he had spackled the entire length, he went over it with a putty knife to get it as smooth as possible.

Then, I went over all of the wood and spackle with a bit of sandpaper.  I didn’t worry about taking all of the previous paint off, or getting all the way down to the wood.  I just wanted to roughen the surface up a bit, so that the paint would stick to it.

Here's a step-by-step tutorial for how to revitalize and repurpose an old window. It's simpler than you may think, and makes for a unique, farmhouse-style decor piece.

My husband had the brilliant idea to set the window up on two sawhorses, which seriously saved my very pregnant back.  Duh.  (I’m pretty sure my brain is not firing on all cylinders right now…)  

Here's a step-by-step tutorial for how to revitalize and repurpose an old window. It's simpler than you may think, and makes for a unique, farmhouse-style decor piece.

Anyway, I then gave it three coats of paint.  The third coat was really just a bit of touch up.  The whole window didn’t need a third coat, just certain areas.

Here's a step-by-step tutorial for how to revitalize and repurpose an old window. It's simpler than you may think, and makes for a unique, farmhouse-style decor piece.

Once the paint was completely dry, my husband scraped the excess paint off of the glass.  First, he scored along the edge where the wood met the glass with a box cutter.  Then, using a razor scraper, he simply scraped the dried paint off.

Here's a step-by-step tutorial for how to revitalize and repurpose an old window. It's simpler than you may think, and makes for a unique, farmhouse-style decor piece.

We once again cleaned it all up, and added two sawtooth hangers on the back.  Finally, using 20 lb. picture hangers, we hung the window above the guest bed.

I had purchased a wreath a few weeks prior with the thought that I may put it in our newly redecorated entryway.  It didn’t end up working out for the entryway, but I knew it would be perfect to hang on the window.

Here's a step-by-step tutorial for how to revitalize and repurpose an old window. It's simpler than you may think, and makes for a unique, farmhouse-style decor piece.

I love it, and think it fits the room well.

Here's a step-by-step tutorial for how to revitalize and repurpose an old window. It's simpler than you may think, and makes for a unique, farmhouse-style decor piece.Here's a step-by-step tutorial for how to revitalize and repurpose an old window. It's simpler than you may think, and makes for a unique, farmhouse-style decor piece.

Now, to figure out what to do to the other half of the window…

 

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14 Comments

    1. Thank you! I understand the struggle with trying to find wall space. Fortunately, we were already redoing the guest room, so it was the perfect time for some new wall decor. 🙂 Thanks for taking a look!

  1. I love the way this looks! The wreath is perfect with the window. I’m so impressed that you tackled this project while pregnant. I’m glad you found a way do it without hurting your back.

    1. Thank you! I love the wreath, as well. I’m so glad I was able to find a place for it after it didn’t work where I originally intended to put it. And yes, getting the window up off the ground while working on it was definitely a smart move for me.

    1. Thanks! I have no idea what it was doing up in the attic. I’m particularly baffled by the size and where it came from, as we have no windows that size in our entire house. I am certainly glad they were up there, though!

    1. Thanks, Michelle! The guest room does look so much better now. 🙂 And believe me, I have slowed down in the last couple of weeks. It will be a while before I get back to tackling big house projects… Less than two weeks to go!

    1. Thank you! They are so fun to get creative with. I have another one that I think may end up in my dining room at some point. I may try to create some sort of picture display out of it. Have fun with yours!

  2. Talk about an incredible find!!! I’ve looked at purchasing old windows and they aren’t cheap. I’m so jealous!
    What you did to it after the find is stunning. It looks so fresh and welcoming in your guest room. And the wreath is a perfect compliment. Now I’m going to try even harder to find an old window, I love this!

    1. Thanks so much, Nikki! I’m loving the way it turned out, and it was the perfect thing to hang above the bed. 🙂 I didn’t realize they were so expensive to buy. Now, I’m even more thrilled that we found them!

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