I love old windows. I love the chippy-ness, the warped wood frames, the nicks, dings, and dents.

So, when my friend Amy said she had a bunch of old windows at her house, I just had to get one!

Truth be told it sat at my house for nearly two months before hanging. I just never got around to buying the appropriate hardware to hang it. But like everything else around here, it will eventually get done. And now that it is done, I can’t believe I didn’t do it sooner. I LOVE IT.

I borrowed the bookpage wreath from the dining room, but I may end up with a twig wreath up there instead. We shall see. But for now, here it is.

Clearly I had a lazy pup that couldn’t be bothered to move for the sake of the picture. Here’s a closer shot:

What about you guys? Have you done any decorating with old windows? Besides hanging them on the wall, how have you seen them used?

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  1. Julie

    Love the look with the wreath! so pretty. I used an old window, and made ‘stained glass’ by painting in the different parts of “the cow jumped over the moon” in the different panes (cow and moon, cat and fiddle, dish and spoon, dog laughing). I hung it in front of the window in our nursery, and it’s adorable (if I do say so myself!).

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    • Lovely Crafty Home

      Oh my what a great idea Julie! That sounds super cute!

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    • Lovely Crafty Home

      LOVE your shelf!!! I may just have steal…errr…borrow that idea!!

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  2. Suzanne

    The first time I brought an old window home, my sweet hubby asked me, “So, you’re going to paint it, right?” Once I got the chippy peely thing on the wall above our mantle, though, he loved it just as it was. I hung a large grapevine wreath on it that I embellished each season.

    Later, when his mother’s old homeplace (you Southerners know what I mean) was torn down, I was given a window salvaged from that special place. I do plan to paint that one, probably black, and hang it on a very blank wall between lovely but rustic looking sconces form Willow House. I’ll probably put some vintage family photos in some of the panes as a tribute to the old homeplace.

    I would use old windows and quilts in every room if I could get away with it!

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    • Lovely Crafty Home

      Suzanne- my hubs had an equally uncertain reaction! I guess they just have a hard time looking past the imperfections lol. Love your family photo idea!

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  3. Amy @ this DIY life

    My brother and sis-in-law have one haning in their living room. My SIL’s SIL did a pen and ink drawing of their house for them (it’s their first house) and cut it into three pieces and put it in the window panes. The window is one of their old basemen windows which makes it even cooler.

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  4. Kayla

    I haven’t done anything with old windows, but I love the idea! My friend purchased an old one awhile back without glass or anything and hung it on the wall by itself…it was really neat! Love yours with that wreath! Great job!

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  5. Ashley @ DesignBuildLove.co

    LOVE it! We have an old antique window that Eric’s cousin refinished and added a shelf to. Been trying to figure out a place for it. LOVE yours, especially with the wreath!

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  6. Ami w/AliLilly

    OH. MY. GOSH!! I love this!! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!! It looks fabulous!!! I actually LOVE the lazy puppy touch!! Makes it look elegant yet comfy at the same time! 🙂

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  7. MojoMama

    I have an old window sitting in my craft room now, and has been for the last couple of months. I was going to just leave it peeling and whatnot, but the paint underneath the white was turquoise, and no… So I’ve stripped it, and now it just sits there. I need to clean it off and finish, but I’m lazy, haha.

    I LOVE the way yours looks above your couch like that!

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  8. Kenan

    We must me sisters at heart! We too have an incredibly lazy bulldog who lounges on our couch like she owns the place. AND we have a window hanging in our living room with a pom pom “birthday wreath” hanging from it!! 🙂 We also have two old windows hanging on the porch with the panes removes and replaced with colored glass. I LOVE them and everyone knows which house we live in! 🙂

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