What to do with old windows.

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Basically, store them in your garage for a few years, 
set them against the wall in different rooms hoping for some inspiration for another few years,
then steal ideas from pinterest and make them a picture frame. 
(who noticed the sneak peek of these frames in this post?)

Hang those puppies up on a big ole wall that really should already *have* a window,
and voila, instant brag board.

You could even add wood letters down the middle so's folks don't think you just stole faces 
from the inside of Walmart frames.  
I stained mine 'special walnut' or some such, and didn't even sand 'em.  
Used command hooks to adhere to the wall.

Luxuriate in the chippy goodness with me...

Here's how I attached the pictures to the back of the glass.
There's prolly some better way, but this is workin' for me.
Get those clear picture corners and put them on backwards so the sticky side goes toward the window.
You prolly knew that.

Here's a somewhat awkward shot of the one taken of hubs and I.
I was too tired to climb on a chair to get even with the picture.
I think I look tired.  
Wait. I am tired. 
Which is why I just snapped this picture from my seated position in the first place.

So there ya go.  What to do with old windows. 
Have a butt-load of kids and get a big black dog to fill the panes,
then show 'em off. 

Prolly taking this post to some of my favorite PARTIES, listed in the link on my side bar.


  1. Lovely!! I like the vertical treatment.

  2. These look great! I had to pin them :)

  3. that is awesome. i love it.

  4. Anonymous16.12.11

    Love this! I have a "thing" for old vintage windows! and I love the "Family"

  5. These are realy cute Cindy...thanks for the tip on the picture corners.


  6. Your windows and photos look great. I will also keep the clear corners in mind.

  7. Cindy I see you are still rockin the house girly.

    Merry Christmas to you & yours

    Love Kate

  8. I love decorating with windows and yours look wonderful with the family photos.


  9. That is a wonderful idea and I love the picture of you and your DH.

    Have a great weekend and a lovely Christmas week.


  10. I love these...the style of the windows makes them even more desirable...and your photos fit perfectly.
    I sell painted old windows, and living in Texas...have some bluebonnets painted on one in my living, love them! beverlee

  11. Im really loving this idea!:) Looks great! Thanks,Deidre~

  12. Awesome, Cindy! Love the two windows side by side. The family text is the perfect touch!

    Had to share it on FJI Facebook and pinned it for SNS 112. :)


  13. Gread idea ... perfect for the change I want to make in my family gallery wall. Did not know about the clear corners. Found you on FJI SNS .... Thanks.
    Merry Christmas. Audrey Z. at Timeless Treasures.

  14. Love your windows -- great tip using the clear photo holders to attach the pictures!

  15. Looks awesome! I love the word family between the windows. Isn't Pinterest just the bestest place to find ideas?! I wish it was as easy to find old windows as it is to find ideas on Pinterest. lol

  16. This is prolly the best idea I have seen in some time. Love the pictures, and the clever way you attached them to those windows. Just imagine having those beauties laying around the house for years! Green with envy...
    Have a wonderful end of the year and an even better beginning of the new.

  17. Anonymous30.12.11

    I am planning to do the same thing with old windows we salvaged a few years ago..that have been sitting in the basement ever since. ha! My question is - how did you hang them? Our windows are really heavy and I'm afraid whatever support we use won't be strong enough.

  18. Karen C9.1.12

    Thanks for the tip on how to adhere the photos...I'm working on one now and wasn't sure how to attach them.

  19. Oh My Goodness, I love these windows...What a great idea!! Just became a new follower :-))

  20. Anonymous26.1.12

    I love this idea! I love the color of the wall these are on. What color and what kind of paint is it?

  21. This is brilliant!!! I can't wait to try it. Thank you for sharing:)

  22. I love the way you used the window to display your family pictures. Such a great idea!

  23. I absolutely love this idea, how cute!

  24. Came to this blog, via pintrest. I have been looking for old window for this exact reason for 2 far I've found none in my area. It would be nice if someone stockpiled them and sold them online.

  25. Anonymous27.5.12

    Hey....don't mean to sound crazy but where do you get the clear corners for the pictures? Thanks

  26. this idea! Also wondering where you found the sticky picture corners ...thanks!

  27. I have made it my mission to educate and inform about these types of projects. This window has lead paint on it. Lead paint emits lead dust. lead dust and lead paint chips can be breathed and eatten by babies and young children without you even knowing. This can cause developmental problems. Please protect your family and get lead out of your house.

  28. I love your window frames! I have featured this gallery wall on my blog as one of my favorites:

    Maggie @

  29. Very creative..I have bt 30 old I know how to use some of them. Thanks!

  30. This is such a cute idea. We just got window installation in Edmonton so we now have new windows, which we are really excited about, but we also really liked the old windows that got replaced. So this is a perfect idea of what we can do to keep them around. Thank you so much!

  31. Hey, My name is Laura and I blog about tips for displaying printed Instagram photos. I have been doing lots of looking around to find unique ideas and I just want to let you know I love this idea! I love seeing the crafty ideas that people create to display their photos! thank you for the inspiration and thank you for sharing.

  32. Do you have a way to contact you privately? There is a lady on a "yard sale" Facebook page using one of you window picture projects to advertise things she makes. I have a screen shot I could send you. Just thought you would want to know

  33. OmGAAAAAWWWWWWWDDDDDDD. I've had a window and some pictures sitting around for YEARS because I couldn't figure out how to mount the pics on the back. THANK YOU!!!!!!!

  34. Anonymous10.3.14

    I found this wonderful post via Pinterest, and would like to feature it in a post I'm publishing Friday on things to do with old windows. I'll provide a hyperlink to your blog, of course, so you'll get credit and some traffic, hopefully! Please let me know if you'd rather I didn't do this and I'll remove it. I'll be using 1 of your images, too. Thank you - Dawn @ We Call It

  35. Do you happen to have the measurements of the window pane or the pictures? My husband has some old wood and wants to make this for me.


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