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Repurposed Old Window Ideas

Before and After repurpose ideas for old lead window #upcycle

Ahh, behold, the first project of 2015.

I’m slightly obsessed with old windows; guilty as charged. This one I got from my friend’s fixer-upper in downtown Buffalo, NY. The house was built in 1900. I’m pretty sure it’s the oldest lead glass window I’ve ever had the pleasure of upcycling.

But, I’m not going to lie. For as much as I love windows, I was not sure what to do with this one. I didn’t want to paint the glass or do a faux stained glass. I had to preserve it and repurpose it. It’s a piece of history and home decor.

Ideas for Repurposing Old Windows

1. You may recall I repurposed an old window (not lead glass) into a mail and magazine organizer a couple years ago.


2. And the afore mentioned faux stained glass…which is part of the project above.

Faux lead and "stained glass" window

Faux lead and “stained glass” window

3. But what I love about old windows is that they are beautiful and functional. So I wanted to concentrate on finding a new function – hence repurpose! So I came upon upcycling the window into a fireplace screen.

old lead window from #BuffaloNY repurposed into a fireplace screen #upcycle #reuse from a 1900s home

The hardest part of this before and after project was cleaning the window. Second was protecting myself from flaking lead paint. The stabilizing legs were just made from wood scraps and screwed in. I consider them placeholders. I’d like to replace with something a little more interesting, to say the least.

If I hadn’t done this project in the winter, I probably would have hung it from the side of my patio canopy or something in the garden.

What do you think? How would you have repurposed this window. I’d love to hear your suggestions!

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I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

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