Old Window Becomes an Industrial-Chic Chalkboard

You may have spotted this project by Mindy of My Love 2 Create over at Knock Off Decor.  It’s one she originally shared at My Repurposed Life.  She started out withan old window that a friend had passed along to her.


Inspired by Restoration Hardware’s industrial chalkboards, Mindy decided to turn the old window into a chalkboard.  After removing all of the hardware, she painted the glass with several coats of chalkboard paint.  Mindy cut some fake rivets out of chipboard and attached them to the corners of the window frame for an industrial vibe using glue and upholstery tacks.  Once the faux rivets were in place, she used several different colors of spray paint to give the frame the look of rusted metal, and her industrial-style chalkboard was complete.  How awesome is that?  I can’t even tell it’s not actually metal!


Find out more about this project by visiting My Repurposed Life.

Pallet Wood Window Box

Over at Crafty in Crosby, Jeanette decided it was time to spruce up the exterior of her backyard storage shed.  She made a window box using materials that she had leftover from other projects.


Jeanette gathered some boards from old pallets and other unused wood scraps, and cut them to the dimensions she needed.  She nailed them together to form a box that she could use to house a plain plastic planter box from Walmart.  Jeanette explains, “As you can see, we weren’t too worried with it being perfect since it was made out of pallets.  I was going for a vintage rustic look!”  Decorative metal brackets hold the new box full of flowers under the shed window.  Beautiful!


Click over to Crafty in Crosby to see how Jeanette built this window box.

Window Framed Doilies

Over at her blog, Flimsy Pi, Karen explains that a friend gifted her with several old windows.  “When we picked them up from her house my husband thanked her for ‘feeding my habit’,” Karen laughs.  She decided to use the first window as a display for some handmade doilies, a gift from another friend. 


Before turning this window into a frame, Karen painted over the old finish.  She did a layer of black chalk paint, first, so she’d have some contrast that would show up when she distressed the finish after painting it with white milk paint.  Karen mixed up both chalk and milk paints herself, using instructions she found online.  Once the paint was dried and distressed, Karen tacked the doilies up behind the panes.  It’s a lovely way to display her friend’s handiwork!


Visit Flimsy Pi to learn more about this repurposed window.

Chalkboard Window

After finding a pile of gorgeous vintage windows on the side of the road recently, April has been sharing all the ways she’s repurposing those windows at House by Hoff.  (I featured one of those transformations here.)  Her latest window project is perfect for a summertime vignette.

House by Hoff window before

The window April chose to work on this time was already covered in the prettiest shade of blue, chippy paint.  She cleaned it gently to preserve as much of that paint as possible, then sealed it carefully.  The panes of this window were intact, so April layered them with latex paint and then chalkboard paint, creating a chalkboard window!  Adding a summery quote and a beachy garland were all it took to complete the look.  I’ve got to find myself some old windows!

House by Hoff window after

Get all the details on this project at House by Hoff.


Old Window Photo Frame

Over at Marty’s Musings, Marty and her husband have completed another awesome rescue.  Lately, they’ve been working on projects that use the old windows frames that he found on the side of the road and brought home.  Marty was pretty sure one of those windows would make a good frame for a family photo.


The first step was finding a family picture that would fit this frame.  Marty found one that would work and had it blown up and printed for cheap as an engineering print.  In the meantime, her husband distressed, repainted, and distressed the window some more.  The final touch was building and painting some faux shutters from old fence boards, to hang on either side of the window.  Doesn’t it look great?

Marty's Musings window after

You can get more info on this project at Marty’s Musings.

Window Framed Family Portrait

Maryann of Domestically Speaking tells us, “My brother works in construction and lately has been replacing lots of windows… yeah for me!”  She had recently pinned a tutorial on printing large scale photos inexpensively, and while looking at her pile of frames thought, “Why not combine a window frame with a large print?”

Always something window before

I like the way Maryann thinks.  Her project turned out beautifully, with her family portrait framed by a vintage window.  Can you believe that this project cost less than $5?  It’s definitely the boutique look for way less than boutique prices.

Domestically Speaking window after

You can learn more about how Maryann turned a window frame into a picture frame at Domestically Speaking.

Christmas Cheer Window

Over at A Creative Princess, Terri’s husband replaced windows in an old farmhouse one day.  Knowing how much she loves old windows, he brought a few of the smaller ones home to Terri.  Terri re-imagined this window into cheerful holiday decor.

With the movie Elf being a favorite at her house, Terri thought it would be fun to showcase a favorite quote from the movie inside the window panes.  She kept the rustic look of the window, but added some fun embellishments and colorful paper to up the cheer factor.  The quick makeover gave Terri and her family a fun and meaningful holiday decoration.

You can see Terri’s tutorial at A Creative Princess.

Give Thanks for Old Windows

Ashley, from Cherished Bliss,  had an old window lying around that she found a really fun way to use to help her family celebrate Thanksgiving this year.  She used it as the background for something she calls her family’s Thankful Board.

“The whole idea of it is each day in November, up until Thanksgiving, the kids will tell me one thing they are thankful for. We will write it down and put it in the envelope, then on Thanksgiving day we will sit down and read them all!”  Ashley explains.  I think that is a fabulous idea, and I love the way those colorful envelopes look against the rustic wood of the window.

It’s not too late to start a Thankful Board of your own!  Visit Cherished Bliss to get all the details on how Ashley made hers.