As you all probably know by now, Home Fixated is always looking for ways to use reclaimed material. Reclaimed windows offer quite a few options both decorative and practical. I have a friend who just hung one on his living room wall as-is and it actually looks pretty cool. But, here are a couple projects for those who are a bit more ambitious.
You can find windows like these at salvage yards, yard sales, reclaimed lumber facilities, Craigslist, eBay, construction sites and often enough, in the garbage on the side of the road. The one pictured here has been sanded down enough to remove most, but not all of the old paint. Leaving some existing paint or stain in random spots results in a rustic look. Keep in mind, many of these old window sashes have lead paint, which isn’t something you want to sand. Be sure to take precautions in terms of testing for lead, and lead safe paint removal practices.
The glass panes were removed and replaced with mirrors, fitted from behind. (Many hardware stores will cut mirrors to size, or you can order them through a glass shop.) A small shelf of a similar wood, also reclaimed, was added to the base of the window — it looks nice and can be used to display small, decorative items. This is a different and more personalized take on a standard wall mirror.