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Simple and Creative Ways to Repurpose Old Windows

Updated on May 15, 2015
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Theresa loves repurposing old things or turning things into other useful items. She loves creating something new from something old.


Old windows not only make great pieces of art, but are being grabbed up at a fast rate by those who have found great ways to repurpose old windows. Repurposing is creative, very green and fun!


Old Repurposed Wood Window Hanging Over My Kitchen Sink

Old repurposed wood window hanging over my kitchen sink.
Old repurposed wood window hanging over my kitchen sink. | Source


Every house I have ever owned had a window above the kitchen sink, except this last home. However, it does have a nice big picture window at the other end of the kitchen where the breakfast table is, so all I have to do is glance in that direction and see outside. It brings in a lot of light from outdoors. However, I was delighted to find that when we moved into this home, the previous owners had left an old wood window hanging above the sink.


They had hand-painted flowers on the glass of the old wood window. They were mediocre. Their painted flowers were just not my taste, so I removed the painted flowers and added what I had at the time, pages from on old Monet calendar from the year 2004. Monet is one of my favorite artists, so I thought for the moment, I would just tape to the back of the wood window, the prints with the colors that would most blend with my kitchen colors until I decided what I wanted to add to the old window. I loved it. And it was so simple to do. Then after a good while, I decided I wanted a bit of a change above my kitchen sink. The following is what I came up with as a change. This change is just as elementary to do as was my initial change to the bare window.


Plain Wood Window Before Repurposing

Old wood window after stripping off the painted flowers and back down to the plain glass, before repurposing it to my taste.
Old wood window after stripping off the painted flowers and back down to the plain glass, before repurposing it to my taste. | Source

Old Repurposed Wood Window Hanging Over My Kitchen Sink

Old repurposed wood window hanging over my kitchen sink.
Old repurposed wood window hanging over my kitchen sink. | Source


Obviously, I love Van Gogh too, and I found my favorite print at a local craft store. I have always loved Van Gogh's Almond Blossom and the colors of the print match my kitchen colors so well, that it was a must to purchase! Now, I look out my window and see a beautiful Almond Blossom tree with blossoms all the time.


Of course, one can easily have a favorite photo blown up from one's travels, i.e., the beach, mountains or even around your home during certain seasons, and it will feel as though you are truly looking out a window at your surroundings.


Closer Look at the Repurposed Old Window Hanging Over My Kitchen Sink

Repurposed old window hanging over my kitchen sink.
Repurposed old window hanging over my kitchen sink. | Source

Old Windows Can Be Found at Flea Markets or Salvage Yards

Finding old wood windows at a flea market to repurpose.
Finding old wood windows at a flea market to repurpose. | Source


I love finding great deals on old wood windows at flea markets or salvage yards! However, as they are growing ever so popular, they are getting harder and harder to find, and they are being snapped up immediately.

I am still searching for an oval or round old wood window, such as that found in a lighthouse. That would be so awesome just to display on a bare wall as a focal point without doing one thing to it! I saw this done by my favorite designer, Lisa Teague, who happens to live on the coast in New Hampshire in a small house by the sea.

Another Old Wood Window Without Glass in a Different Shape

Another old window in a different shape to be used as a message / picture board (No glass in this one).
Another old window in a different shape to be used as a message / picture board (No glass in this one). | Source


I saw this old wood window without the glass and thought immediately that I could turn it horizontally and add a bit of chicken wire to the back of it and make a simple message / picture board with a lot of character. And that is exactly what I did! It could not have been easier to do.


Old Wood Window Without Glass Repurposed as a Message / Picture Board with Chicken Wire

Old wood window without glass repurposed into a message / picture board with chicken wire.
Old wood window without glass repurposed into a message / picture board with chicken wire. | Source

Colorful Clips and Paperclips Found at Local Dollar Store

Colorful clips, paperclips purchased at the local dollar store for $1 each. I really love the tiny brightly colored clothes pins, but they did not have any I could find at the time.
Colorful clips, paperclips purchased at the local dollar store for $1 each. I really love the tiny brightly colored clothes pins, but they did not have any I could find at the time. | Source

Materials Needed for the Message / Picture Board


  • One Old Wooden Window (I like the longer, more narrower ones for this project.)


  • Chicken Wire (cut to fit the back of the window)


  • Staple gun


  • Colorful clips, paperclips or tiny clothespins (All can be found at your local dollar store for just $1 - I prefer the tiny, brightly colored plastic clothes pins, but I could not find a pack this time.)


Stapling Chicken Wire on Back of Old Wood Window Without Glass to Make a Message / Picture Board

Stapling chicken wire on back of old wood window without glass to make a message / picture board.
Stapling chicken wire on back of old wood window without glass to make a message / picture board. | Source


Here, all I had to do was staple a small amount of chicken wire that I had leftover from another project to the back of the old window, just enough to cover the back of the frame. Then I cut the extra chicken wire overlapping the frame and bent back any little strands left hanging. That is it! Your message / picture board is reading to hang and display any special mementos you so desire and important reminders in a creative manner.

Original Plain Old Wood Window with Chicken Wire on the Back

Original Plain Old Wood Window
Original Plain Old Wood Window | Source

Closer Look at a Section of the Message / Picture Board

This section of the message / picture board holds a special card from a special HP friend.
This section of the message / picture board holds a special card from a special HP friend. | Source

Favorite Mementos for This Week


Message / picture boards are great for keeping those special mementos like cards, notes, etc. received from special friends that make you smile when you look at them. A great place for a message / picture board is right in front of where you may spend more time such as your desk at home above your computer. That is my favorite spot to hang this message / picture board as I can easily glance up during the day and smile, or when necessary add a reminder note.


Closer Look at a Section of the Message / Picture Board

A closer look at a section of the message / picture board here reminds me of when I finished radiation treatment for breast cancer.  Also, there is a photo of my granddaughter on her fourth birthday with my daughter.
A closer look at a section of the message / picture board here reminds me of when I finished radiation treatment for breast cancer. Also, there is a photo of my granddaughter on her fourth birthday with my daughter. | Source

Closer Look at a Section of the Message / Picture Board

A closer look at this section of the message / picture board contains a sweet birthday card from my brother, who reminded me of when we were very small and used to where those yellow raincoats.  Also, another trip with my mother to see blue whales.
A closer look at this section of the message / picture board contains a sweet birthday card from my brother, who reminded me of when we were very small and used to where those yellow raincoats. Also, another trip with my mother to see blue whales. | Source

Closer Look at a Section of the Message / Picture Board

This section holds a sweet photo of two of my grandchildren, and then another of my daughter (far right) and a friend in NY City on their first visit.
This section holds a sweet photo of two of my grandchildren, and then another of my daughter (far right) and a friend in NY City on their first visit. | Source

Recent and Special Photos Are Great


If you are like me, then you most likely have tons and tons of photos that you would love to see from time-to-time. That is what makes message / picture boards so great, as you can change them out as often as you wish and then enjoy your special photos, cards, notes or messages and take note of important reminders too!


Closer Look at a Section of Message / Picture Board

This section contains photos of my two granddaughters and a heart that my oldest granddaughter made for me, her Nanny.
This section contains photos of my two granddaughters and a heart that my oldest granddaughter made for me, her Nanny. | Source

A Closer Look at a Section of the Message / Picture Board

This section contains a photo of my son and daughter attending a special concert together.
This section contains a photo of my son and daughter attending a special concert together. | Source

Heavy-Duty Double-Paned Windows Found at Flea Market for $10 Each

Double-paned windows found at flea market for $10 each to be used for an outside project.
Double-paned windows found at flea market for $10 each to be used for an outside project. | Source

Going into Uncharted Territory Now!


I decided to go into uncharted territory by adding a special touch to the outside of my husband's man garage / shed. Our main garage, where we keep our vehicles is out in the front of the house. My husband's man garage out back is a really nice sized garage filled with his man stuff. It was built to match the style of our home.


When I saw the above two double-paned windows at a flea market, noticing that they match the windows on our home, I purchased them for $10 each. These windows are very heavy and require heavy-duty hanging materials to hang for this project. Please see the list of materials needed below for this particular project.


Below is a photo of the outside of my husband's man garage before I added my special project to the white barren walls. I did not really want the windows looking too new, so I brushed on a little black paint to give them a more distressed look. Initially, I did not realize that the panes on the windows are in between the double glass, so painting those parts of the windows did not happen.


My Husband's Man Garage / Shed - Pretty Boring

My husband's man garage / shed.
My husband's man garage / shed. | Source

Materials Needed for This Project

Materials necessary for this project.
Materials necessary for this project. | Source


  • Two matching windows (Heavy-duty windows already pretreated for outdoor use.)


  • Four heavy-duty eye bolts for hanging


  • Four heavy-duty metal clips to attach to eye bolts


  • Paint brush


  • Painters tape


  • Two heavy-duty chains cut at the same length


  • Black exterior paint (It is optional to paint and, of course, choose your own color choice.)


  • Two wrought iron long planters with filler


  • Four smaller eye bolts for hanging wrought iron planters


  • Variety of colorful plants


  • Soil for planting


  • Drill


My Choice of Plants to Fill Planters to Hang from Old Windows

My choice of a variety of plants to fill planters to hang from old windows.
My choice of a variety of plants to fill planters to hang from old windows. | Source


Although I already had the two wrought iron planters that used to be hanging on our old deck, I had to go out and find new flowers and plants to fill these containers for this project as the severe winter storm we had here in the deep south a couple of weeks ago destroyed my beautiful cabbage flowers and some pansies. We were totally caught off guard and did not realize we would have three inches of snow and ice for over three days on the ground! It is very unusual for the deep south.


So, I was thrilled to find these plants for this project. Even the local nurseries were not prepared for the ice and suffered a great loss of their plants.


For these planters I used parsley, kale (Red Chidori) and Swiss Chard (Bright Lights), all of which are edible!


Updated Man Garage / Shed Using Old Windows and Plants!

My husband's man garage / shed updated with old windows and plants.
My husband's man garage / shed updated with old windows and plants. | Source

Closer Look at One Window and Plants

Repurposed old window as a window planter box.
Repurposed old window as a window planter box. | Source

Closer Look at Updated Man Garage / Shed Using Old Windows and Plants

I had to turn the wrought iron planters around to hook onto the old windows.  The plants will eventually grow hanging over the basket to hide the metal brackets.
I had to turn the wrought iron planters around to hook onto the old windows. The plants will eventually grow hanging over the basket to hide the metal brackets. | Source

Closer Look at One Window and Plants at a Different Angle

A closer look at old window repurposed as a window/planter.
A closer look at old window repurposed as a window/planter. | Source

Another Look at Updated Man Garage / Shed Using Old Windows and Plants

Updated man garage / shed using windows and plants.
Updated man garage / shed using windows and plants. | Source

Repurposing Helps the Environment and Creates Beauty


Whatever your imagination can envision as to repurposing old windows, the sky is the limit!

I had a lot of fun thinking of a variety of ways to repurpose old windows, and I have plenty more ideas to share in the future. I hope the next time you come across an old window you, too, can think of a creative way to repurpose it and help not to litter up our lovely planet, but reuse what we have already been given!

© Copyright, Faith Reaper February 24, 2014

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    • suzettenaples profile image

      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Wow! Faith! You are in creative mode. I love what you have done with recycling these windows. What great ideas. I love the window frame over your sink with the Monet prints in them. What a terrific idea and Monet is who I would pick also. I love the windows on the garage with the flower planters at the bottom. They do so much for the garage. What another terrific idea. You certainly have a green thumb, Faith. Thanks so much for sharing these wonderful and creative ideas. I love them all! Voted up and shared!

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Oh I love it Faith; you have been so busy!!! The inside ones will be great for you to look over while you are at your sink and I especially love the outside ones, they could give a building or a house a complete new look. The video was great too, I know billy and I could keep half that stuff from going to a land fill. Honestly, they need more of those around.

      You deserve a special award for this, it is just fantastic! Votes all across.

      Hugs!

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      What a great idea, Faith! I love all those suggestions for re-purposing old windows! It's like giving them a second chance to life :-) I remember once in Santorini, I saw re-purposed wooden shutters where the artist hand painted scenes of the island. It was wonderful. Unfortunately, I had not enough time to buy one piece; I could already see where I would have hang it :-) On the other hand, I was sad that they replaced those old wooden shutters because I am sure they were probably better than the new kind!

      Thank you for sharing these great ideas, Faith!

      Have a nice evening! God bless you!

      PS : I hope that your son feels better! I suppose that in the next two weeks his skin will go through all the colours of the rainbow with such a blow!

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      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      This looks like a great idea for people who are artistically inclined.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi suzette,

      So great to see you here this day reading! Thank you so much for the great comments. Yes, I just love Monet and it doesn't get any easier than that to add those small calendar prints to the old window. The outside window planters were a bit more involved of course, but still nothing hard at all. I believe we will not have any more freezing weather to worry about the plants in these planter windows, hopefully. I am glad you love all my ideas here, and I have plenty more brewing in my head for future projects. Yes, during the winter months, it seems I am more creative for some reason.

      I appreciate the vote up and share.

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Jackie,

      Yes, I have been a bit busy, but not too bad. Had to wait for the weather to cooperate on that last project there! Yes, I can easily switch out the inside old window with a different design any time I wish when I grow tired of one. I may even paint something on it one day myself!

      Oh, yes, all of us can do our part to prevent so much from going to landfills, when one can easily re-purpose it no doubt, and I know billy is all for that too!

      I am glad you enjoyed the video too. Aw, you are so kind and I appreciate the votes all across.

      Hugs,

      Faith Reaper

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Well I guess you did have a lot of fun figuring out what to do with your used windows. These are great ideas, but your garage makeover is smashing. It's such a small improvement with a huge impact! Next you'll be doing a hub on painted stepping stones… :) Viva repurposing!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Joelle (kidscrafts),

      I am so glad you like my ideas here. Oh, wow, those re-purposed old shutters sound lovely after the artist painted such lovely scenes of the island on them! I can just imagine the beautiful colors too.

      Yes, my son is doing a bit better this day. Still looks a bit like Frankenstein and, yes, I am sure the spot will change to all sorts of colors before healing all the way. We are just thankful he is okay! Thank you for asking. You are such a sweet and kind person.

      God bless you too,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello ologsinquito,

      Thank you so much for reading. Oh, one does not have to be artistically inclined at all, as one can do as I did and just use prints of famous artists or even enlarge a favorite photo to place behind the old window, and there you go!

      The outside project required a bit more muscle, but it was really so easy too, and it adds a punch of color with the plants to those big white walls on my husband's man garage / shed.

      Have a lovely evening,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello RTalloni,

      I appreciate you reading! Thank you so much and, yes, it was a lot of fun, and still have many more ideas brewing in my mind. Oh, wow, I am so glad you found the outside project with the windows to be smashing, and let's hope they do not get smashed literally LOL!

      Hmm, now you may be on to something there with the stepping stones. I have seen mosaic ones that I would like to try, as I love working with mosaics too.

      I appreciate the enthusiastic comments! Have a great evening,

      Faith Reaper

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      mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      How interesting. You have become the go to person to find craft ideas. First I saw plantings in picture frames and now expansion into windows. Very nice.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear mckbirdbks,

      Yes, I am branching out so-to-speak and trying a variety of different things this year and sharing here, but I have not given up writing my norm either.

      I appreciate you reading!

      Have a lovely evening,

      Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Been there, done that and will do it again. I love old windows and of course I love this article....recycling with a purpose...how can you go wrong with that kind of attitude. Carry on my friend, and blessings always.

      bill

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      Faith Reaper

      How wonderfully creative - I love that people see so many different aspects in ordinary things - even windows. I love your kitchen window, really beautiful, I don't think I am ever going to walk past another window vintage without thinking about this Hub.

      Thank you for sharing, voted up and beautiful

      Sally

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Bill,

      I already knew you are very re-purposed-minded in every aspect! I am so glad you love this article. Old windows are great indeed!

      I appreciate the positive feedback on my re-purposing projects.

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Sally!

      Oh, wow, thank you for sharing that with me about never again walking past another vintage window without thinking of my hub! I am humbled. You're the best! I am glad you found this to be creative.

      I appreciate the vote up and more.

      Blessings and Hugs,

      Faith Reaper

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Fun and cool.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Thanks so much Eric! I am so glad the men, so far, are not having a problem with me making my husband's man garage / shed prettier. LOL

      Blessings and Hugs to you and yours,

      Faith Reaper

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Truly creative and original. I especially liked the memento board. I love old salvaged stuff and you have the corner on ideas with old windows. What I wouldn't give to have the old windows from my great grandmother's place. Her house was sold out of the family many years ago and has fallen into disrepair. I imagine it won't be too long before it's torn down. I am determined to acquire a broken memory from it and make something grand.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Flourish,

      I am so glad you mentioned the message board and you are the first one to do so, and that is my favorite one here, maybe because it holds special memories and such. So, thank you for being the first one to mention the message / picture board! Aw, now, you really must get a piece of your dear grandmother's place dear heart. I bet it does have great old windows and maybe you could get them somehow! I truly do hope you get something salvaged from your grandmother's place, especially being I know you most likely have wonderful memories of being there with her.

      Hugs and love,

      Faith Reaper

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Oh wow, Faith,

      I would love to hang out with you and craft the day away with our tunes on...you are outdoing yourself! With each project, I am more enthralled with your abilities...!

      It would be cool for you to make up a collection of these projects into a published book! There are quite a few friends I have who would also love these homey and comforting projects.

      Of course I am beyond touched at being part of your memories pane...what a cherished and treasured piece of art.

      I will be looking for different items at Flea Markets this year thanks to you...like frames and window panes...so come on Spring (as more snow is predicted tomorrow :( ...I need to make one of these and put pictures of the sun in it...LOL)

      BTW, Monet is my favorite too! Voted UP and UABI. Love, Maria

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Well except for funny. so next time give me an lol & I'll check it too!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Maria,

      Oh, yes, that would be an extra fun day with the tunes going, especially with my sweetest friend right there with me!!! I still have plenty more ideas brewing in my head just for the old windows LOL. It is truly amazing what one can come up with when one really looks at something with a new eye.

      Well, your sweet card had arrived the day I happened to be working on the message board and I thought, how appropriate to place such a sweet card on this creation here!

      Oh, dear, on the more snow, but hopefully it is nearing the last of it for you precious heart.

      Yes, Monet is fabulous, so I knew I could not go wrong there no doubt.

      Thank you so much for the vote up.

      Love you bunches,

      Faith

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      LOL, Jackie, well, actually, I figured someone would click the funny due to my making my husband's man garage / shed prettier! LOL

      That was your chance ...

      Hugs

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      b. Malin 3 years ago

      Faith I just Loved this Hub on making "Creative Window Ideas". These are such neat ideas. I plan to BookMark this one.

      Voted UP & Useful & Interesting.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi b. Malin,

      Oh, I am so pleased you think these are neat ideas and you are planning to BookMark this one! Awesome!

      I appreciate the vote up and more too.

      I do hope you and "Lover Man" have a wonderful evening,

      Faith Reaper

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Wonderful recycling ideas for old windows Faith. I especially love the window box planters you created on your husband's man garage....great stuff. Voted up.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Jodah,

      Thank you so much for reading. I am so glad that all the men love my window box planters I created to pretty-up my husband's man garage! I was expecting to catch some grief over doing that to his man garage, but I am pleasantly surprised and relieved the men actually love my idea.

      I appreciate the vote up.

      Hugs,

      Faith Reaper

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Wow, what neat ideas!!!!

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Hey, I'm working on a hub about recycling, repurposing, etc . . . This would be perfect for it. Hope it's okay that I include a link to this hub?

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you so much, Victoria. I am so glad you like my ideas here. Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh sure, Victoria, please go right ahead and I appreciate it.

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Okay, I've added it. I'll publish the hub this week!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Great! I will look forward to reading it.

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Dolores Monet 3 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I love what you did with the old windows! And the ones you hung on the garage with flower boxes - what a great idea! Sharing this one!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dolores,

      Thank you so much for reading! I am glad you loved these simple ideas here for repurposing old windows, especially the updated man garage with the window planter boxes. I am glad all seem to like that one especially.

      Thank you so much for sharing!

      Have a great day,

      Faith Reaper

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 3 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      My goodness, Faith -- you have an awesome talent for creating lovely and unusual projects. I love all these old window ideas. The planters on the man garage really add a nice touch. The almond tree over your kitchen sink is so lovely. It is all lovely. I am so impressed and very happy to have read this hub. Voted up and across. Great ideas, great hub. Thank you for sharing.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Phyllis,

      Thank you so much for leaving most generous comments here as to my old window projects! I am glad that even the updated man garage is getting approval.

      I enjoyed doing all of these projects and they were all truly very simple to do and all very green!

      I appreciate the vote up.

      Have a great day,

      Faith Reaper

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      sujaya venkatesh 3 years ago

      excellent fth

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Faith, your creativity is amazing. You're also a great teacher. We're learning from you how to make beauty out of ashes. I know you'd find a spiritual application there. Great article with very helpful pictures.

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      Deborah Neyens 3 years ago from Iowa

      Great ideas! I am pinning this to my Recycled and Repurposed board.

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      I love this Hub! Such awesome and creative ideas. I can't even begin to start at which part I love the most. I'm sharing this Hub. It's amazing.

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      I love old windows and you have some good idea here. Love the man garage. Voted up

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Awesome suggestions for old windows your creative ideas are helpful and so interestingly thought of. It makes a difference to old windows

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      What creative ideas! I love what you've done with your husband's man-shed. It now looks like a cozy cottage.

      Great hub, Faith!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello sujaya venkatesh,

      Thank you so much for stopping by to read!

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi MsDora,

      Always so lovely when you stop by to read! I appreciate the most generous comments. These are all simple repurposing projects anyone can do and I am glad the pictures helped.

      Have a blessed day,

      Faith Reaper

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      JessBraz 3 years ago from Canada

      I LOVE this hub!

      I love the look of upcycled windows in a home. My sister and law gave my husband and I a window project she made for Christmas. She found an old window, added some stain to it and hung photos of my husband and I from over the years in each window pane. I cried like a little girl when I opened it. It was just so thoughtful and touching.

      I especially like your idea about using an old window to create a message board. That would look so cute in my future kitchen! (we're house shopping right now) .. I also love the windows as planters on the shed. Such a creative idea.

      Cheers on the great hub! Voted up, across and pinning to my pinterest account. :)

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Deborah,

      I appreciate you stopping by to read, as well as pinning to your board!

      Have a great day,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Crafty,

      Wow, thank you so much for the enthusiastic and most generous comments! I am so glad you love all the repurposing projects here.

      I appreciate you sharing this hub and I will take the "amazing" too!

      Hugs,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi moonlake,

      Thank you for stopping by to read! I am glad you like my ideas here, especially the updated man garage.

      I appreciate the vote up.

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Devika,

      So glad to see you stopping by to read! I am glad you found these ideas to be interesting, awesome and creative. Yes, there are truly unlimited ideas one can come up to repurpose old windows.

      Have a lovely day,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Sha (bravewarrior),

      So glad to see you stopping by to read! I am thrilled that all are loving the updated man garage, as I thought I would catch some grief about it from the men, but they seem to approve too.

      Yes, actually, we thought about converting it to an extra living space, as it is large enough to do so. We could remove the front large garage door that faces the rolling pastures and put in a big picture window and add plumbling and drywall, and there you go.

      Hope you have a great day,

      Faith Reaper

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      Susan Britton 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What an awesome idea for the garage and all your window projects. Well done . You go girl! WOW

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello JessBraz,

      So great to have you stopping by to read! Oh, what a thoughtful and lovely gift you received from your sister-in-law indeed.

      Yes, the message board is my favorite and that would be a great spot for one. Blessings on the house shopping and hope you find just the perfect home.

      My husband's man garage / shed needed something with that large expanse of white, so I came up with the window planter boxes idea, after seeing the windows. I am glad you thought it a creative idea.

      I appreciate the vote up and pin.

      Happy House Hunting,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi suzzycue,

      Always so glad to see you stopping by to read! Thank you so much for the enthusiastic comments. You're the best!

      Hugs,

      Faith Reaper

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      What a great idea…these are a delight, Faith. You are so creative…I loved the photos of your family, and little mementos and post-it reminders. Voted way up, sharing and more. Hugs.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      What creativity I remember a couple had a yard sale every week and they were selling these types of reconditioned windows.. some were amazing and now I see it just wasn't them you too.. I mean creating them great share my friend :)

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Genna,

      I always appreciate you stopping by to read! Yes, I love the memento board the best myself, for those very reasons.

      Thank you for the vote up and more and share.

      Hugs,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Frank,

      So glad you stopped by to read, as I know this is most likely not your thing, but I appreciate you being a faithful follower and continuing to read my hubs. I have not forgotten how to write my stories, but just wanted to mix things up a bit here on HP this year.

      Oh, yes, old windows are really big now, as all are jumping on the reuse, recycle, repurpose ... going green wagon, which is awesome!

      Thank you for your kind comments.

      Hugs,

      Faith Reaper

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      Shasta Matova 3 years ago from USA

      We recently bought a house that had old windows stored in the garage. I am looking forward to doing something with them. I haven't decided what yet, so I really appreciate the ideas.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This hub is very interesting, Faith. I love the craft hubs that you are creating! The windows look lovely. I've never even thought of doing something like this, but I'm going to look out for old windows now that I've read your hub. You have some great ideas! I'll share this hub.

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      Judy Specht 3 years ago from California

      Delightful idea. I wonder what my family would say if I tried this in the house.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Faith, It's so good to see you're back on form, I saw that you were not feeling too well....and what a great hub! You clever girl!! Wonderful ideas for those old windows, and very arty crafty. :) Well done once again my friend. Take care and my best to you.

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      How beautiful! You are so creative!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Millionaire Tips,

      I am so glad you stopped by to read! Oh, wow, that is awesome. There are just unlimited uses for old windows. Another use for the first window I have up there under my kitchen sink is that it can be hung on one end on one's front porch with nothing done to it, but it will act as a focal point / rain / wind guard. Another use for the type of narrow window that I used for a message board with the chicken wire is that one can easily turn that upside down and attach eye bolts on the four corners of the bottom of the frame and hang it from one's kitchen ceiling and add "S" links to create a pot rack hanging from the ceiling, and it will serve double-duty, as one can store a stock pot or big baskets on top of the pot rack. I have seen old windows made into coffee tables or display cases with a hinge by adding a back box to the window. I have also seen them as yard art, such as a solarium that one can put delicate flowers in or nothing at all. Now, that I have shared some of my future projects, you get the idea that there are just so many uses for old windows. I hope these added ideas are helpful as well, and enjoy your new home!

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi AliciaC,

      It is always wonderful to see you stopping by to read. Oh, that is so great that you have never seen such before and now maybe have a few ideas, but there are plenty more uses for old windows than I have shared here, as I mentioned to Millionaire Tips in that comment.

      Thank you so much for sharing. You're the best!

      Have a lovely evening,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi tirelesstraveler,

      Well, I think they would think you are even more of a creative person than you are already! Actually, old windows, believe it or not, are being used as art with nothing added to them, but just placed on bare walls in groupings, or even placed on the top of a fireplace mantle in a grouping with nothing done to them at all. That is the going thing nowadays. Now, if you come across one that is really sculptural as Lisa Teague did, then one would not want to do one thing to it at all, but place it as a focal point on the wall for all to admire, as it is a piece of art. Most people do use the old windows inside their homes, but there are plenty of other uses as I mentioned to Millionaire Tips in that comment. Those are my future ideas to create.

      I am glad you thought this hub delightful. Remember to grab up those old windows when you see them at flea markets!

      Have a great night,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Jo (tobusiness),

      It is always so great to see you stopping by to read! Oh, thank you so much and, yes, I was down a bit for a couple of weeks or so with a touch of bronchitis ... I just could not stop coughing, but thankfully I believe I am back with the living. One's whole body aches with that non-stop coughing for weeks!

      I appreciate your generous comments here as to my ideas for repurposing old windows. I have plenty more ideas than I have shared here, so stay tuned.

      Have a great evening and take care,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi VVanNess,

      Oh, thank you so much for your kind comments and taking the time to read here.

      Have a lovely evening,

      Faith Reaper

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      Hady Chahine 3 years ago from Manhattan Beach

      Very creative hub! As a Realtor in Manhattan Beach, CA, I have witnessed many innovative ideas that home owners and renters alike use to personalize their living space. However, your hub is the first I've seen of this kind and I like it! - Nice job!

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      sallieannluvslife 3 years ago from Eastern Shore

      !!! I can't believe you just did this hub!! I have been working on old windows for about 2 months now! I really like your ideas!. I have a dremel drill that I use to carve words out of them after I have painted them. I made one with rustic metal nails as hangers and rusty stars and another into a table and my last one into a mirror. I totally agree with you...it is really fun repurposing items. I love, love, love your window planter...might just try that one!!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Hady Chahine,

      Thank you so much for stopping by to read! Oh, really, how interesting. The repurposing of old windows has become a big thing nowadays. However, if I were to sell my house, I would stage it properly without my personal tastes, as I had learned when selling my last house, and it sold fast.

      I appreciate the great comments.

      Have a wonderful day,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello sallieannluvslife,

      Wow, that is great and I just love your creative ideas too for repurposing old windows. I love the rusty stars idea one, well all of your ideas are great.

      I am glad you like the window planter boxes idea that I did to update my husband's man garage.

      I have been working on some other ideas too like making a pot rack, coffee table and such. There is really an endless amount of things one can come up with to repurpose old windows no doubt!

      Thank you for reading and leaving great and interesting comments.

      Have a great day,

      Faith Reaper

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Wow! I love this idea!! If I ever do come across an old window, I am picking it up for sure to try this. How innovative!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Liz (epbooks),

      Thank you so much for stopping by to read and leaving enthusiastics comments! Oh, I do hope the next time you see an old window, you will think of a great way to repurpose it.

      Have a great day!

      Faith Reaper

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      Christy Birmingham 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Such great ideas here - I really like the option of adding photos to the wire as you show and explain! It's so much more fun than a bulletin board and it shows off the creativity! Well done - sharing :)

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi ChristyWrites, Thank you so much for stopping by to read. Yes, the message / picture board is my favorite for that reason. Although, I am delighted that many like my updates to my husband's man garage, much to my surprise. I appreciate the share. Have a great day!

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      Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Dear Faith Reaper;

      Well, you've surpassed yourself once again ( if that were possible ), with your creative and artistic fleshed-out ruminations to become the fabulous display of reality you have accomplished and have set before your fortunate viewing audience in your wonderful applications of such delight in your superb photos ( that is one mother of a man-garage - many a pleasant hour of constructive escape to be had in there, I'll wager - had to giggle though with the windowed planter you adorned on the garage and would have paid good money to see the expression on the face of the craftsman within when he swung open the door to see the Faith Van Reaper persuasion you've laid upon his prized den :) Did you paint any flowers on his hammer drill? lol!

      Manet is one of my favourite artists too, and you have indeed shown the lovely Van Gogh apple blossom displayed majestically in your clever and inventive repurposed window frame, as you said you would- definitely a sight of beauty to behold when pottering around the kitchen no doubt.

      Lovely pictures of your family Faith, and that one of what looks to be you levitating over a puddle is so happy - always knew you could fly ;)

      Thank you for a useful, engaging and thoroughly enjoyable Hub article, presented with such instructive information and your unique verve - a hit of an endeavour and really well done!

      Enjoy a wonderful evening and all the best to you and your family.

      With Warmest Regards,

      R.Q.

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      These are fabulous ideas. I want to create a little cove by separating a space in my home. I can see doing this with salvaged French doors.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Marlene,

      So great to see you here this evening stopping by to read! Thank you so much for your comments and, wow, what a fabulous idea to use salvaged French doors to create a little cove!!! Oh, I want to see it when you are done ... you could write a hub!

      Hugs and blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, my goodness Dear Romeos,

      I did not mean to skip over you dear heart!!! When I logged on to this hub, it went straight to the bottom. LOL, I love how you described the man garage LOL. You always bring a big smile to my face with your fabulous one-of-a-kind comments, as only you can comment! To my surprise and delight, my husband actually did not mind my additions to his man garage and I am pleasantly surprised I have not received any grief from any men here YET about it.

      Hmm, now do not give me any ideas about painting the hammer. Since I use the hammer a lot, I have seen pink ones LOL. So, I might just get my own and paint it with flowers.

      You are always so kind and generous to me in your commenting, and I love it! Never change!

      Sending tons of hugs and blessings to you over the big pond,

      Faith Reaper

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Oh, Faith thank you for giving me the idea of writing a hub. I'll take lots of pictures and write about it. Now, I'm going to be on the prowl for old French doors. I'm really excited to get started on that project. Thanks again for the idea.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Marlene, oh, joy! I am so excited you are going to search for those old French doors and I cannot wait to see the end result. Go girl!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, P.S., Romeos,

      That is not a photo of me there, but a card my brother sent to me on my recent birthday. However, it does look a lot like me when I was a child, except for the color of the eyes.

      Hugs,

      Faith Reaper

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Faith Great explanation ...you have come up with ways to put a different twist on displaying what you like. The windows are such a clever way to do that.

      I have not done any of these in many years but you have planted the seed and now I will be scouring at those flea markets for them.

      thanks and I hope all is good with you

      Angels are on the way to you today

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      Susan Ream 3 years ago from Michigan

      Wow Faith, your creativeness has no limits. Where do you get the energy while working full time?

      Your all out commitment to writing and reading alone takes a big chunk of time. I stand amazed at you and these works of art.

      Great and useful hub to get everyone's creative juices flowing.

      Thanks for the inspiration dear girl! I'm going to share this on my Mekenzie's World Facebook page for all my friends to see. ;)

      Hugs!

      Mekenzie

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi my sweet and dear friend PS!

      I am so happy to see you reading here this day! You and your family are always in my thoughts and prayers, please know.

      Oh, I am sure you can come up with much more creative ways to repurpose old windows that I have here, as these really just took a few minutes each, and the last ones outside maybe a few minutes longer and that it is. I already had the old window above my kitchen sink for over five years lol, so all I needed to do was snap a photo.

      Old windows are the thing nowadays and if you see a good one, go ahead and snap it up.

      I hope you are enjoying your day. It is beautiful here and I was able to leave work early this day! So, I am thrilled to be able to finish up more projects!

      Hugs, love and Angels your way,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, Mekenzie, thank you so much for the most generous comments here! By the way, I am so thrilled to see you here this day reading, and I am glad you have taken the time out to stop by to read.

      Oh, dear heart, you mean you did not know that I am really Wonder Woman ...LOL ... No, seriously, I have been a bit of a huge slacker of late, as this is the first hub I have published in over three weeks!!! I was down a bit with bronchitis and so I am glad to be back with the living.

      Truthfully, being that my children are grown, and my husband is retired, I have so much free time that I cannot fill it all up! What comes to mind here in response to your inquiry ... "I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me" and "Those who place their hope in the LORD, will soar on wings like eagles and not grow weary." My husband is so sweet to go ahead most days and have dinner ready when I walk through the door, and we have the grandchildren up every couple of weeks or so, and so, the weekends are free to do as I please and be as creative as I want. It seems I am more creative during the winter months, as I feel the need to brighten up these dreary winter days, but spring is almost here! Today is just gorgeous and I took advantage and left work early to get some things done. I wake up before the crack of dawn and start my day, and get so much done (more than most people do in half a day, or really all day) ... take this morning, I woke up and went outside as soon as the sun rose and took photos needed for my next hub. I did all that before 6:00 a.m.

      Here, these projects did not take any time whatsoever. I have had the old window above my kitchen sink for over five years now and initially it took about 2 minutes to tape those Monet calendar prints on the back of it. LOL, and then another few seconds here recently to tape the Van Gogh print on the back, as the hardware and such was already in place when we moved in this house. Then the message board literally took all of about three minutes, as all I had to do was staple chicken wire to the back of the frame and there you go! I had the chicken wire leftover from my previous creative project.

      This past weekend, my husband helped me hang the windows on his man garage, which those did not take but about five minutes each to brush on a light coat of black paint, screw in the eye bolts and connect the chain. I already had the planters and just added fresh plants, which took only a few minutes too. So, all of these projects probably had taken me a total of 15 minutes to do. I write my hubs usually on weekends. Right now, I have about five in the hopper almost ready to go. When I see inspiration somewhere for a hub, I will go ahead and type what I can on my computer and then I always have my cellphone with me to snap pictures at any given moment, so I have plenty ideas already brewing for my upcoming hubs.

      There is the best ever flea market (three stories) with really nice stuff located in the city in which I work, so about once a week, on my lunch hour, I will go there and find a lot of treasures, such as the message board window for a steal!

      I also enjoy reading hubs on my lunch hour too and maybe making a comment or two. So, that about sums up my Wonder Woman capabilities LOL. Hey, that could be a good topic for a hub ... how to appear to be Wonder Woman, when you are the farthest thing from being such : ) Oh, I recently had a three-day long weekend due to a state holiday, and I took one day to go to all the flea markets in my local area around home and found those outside windows that day. I also found vintage old 1950s signs with women on them and funny sayings, and I want to use one for a new avatar, but maybe I need to ask a question about it and get input before doing such... they are so funny.

      I hope you are about to have something wonderful to publish here soon, as I do so enjoy your wonderful God-inspired writing! Thank you so much for sharing on "Mekenzie's World Facebook page" WOW ... for, I am sure, your many friends to see! You're the best!

      Hugs and much love (now I must go outside and take advantage of this beautiful sunny day here),

      Faith Reaper

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      Love what you did to your husband's garage/shed. The use of a Monet on your kitchen window frame is very lovely, too. The best thing about re-purposing is that you put your personal touch on your home, and you have something that no one else has.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello grand old lady,

      Thank you so much for reading and I am glad you love the updated man garage/shed! I am so surprised that all are good with the updates I've made to that garage.

      Yes, that is what is best about repurposing for sure, is that one can do whatever one can come up with and put your very own personal touch on any project. It is fun to allow your imagination to run, no matter how simple or more detailed, either way it is great fun and good for the environment.

      I appreciate your comments.

      Have a great weekend ahead,

      Faith Reaper

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Very nice work Faith :) looks lovely

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Jo (LadyFiddler),

      Thank you so much. So great to see you here reading! I hope all is well in your world.

      I hope your weekend is lovely,

      Faith Reaper

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      Angela Joseph 3 years ago from Florida

      Faith, you always give such creative and unique ideas. All the projects here are so cool. You have given me an idea for my bare patio wall. The window with the planter seems ideal. Thanks for sharing.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi quildon, oh, I am so glad this inspired an idea for your patio wall! Yes, that would be an awesome spot to do such. So glad you like the window planter idea. I do hope you give it a try. Let me know hope it works out for you. Thank you for reading and I hope the rest of your weekend is lovely. Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Your windows are a hit! I love the garage redo. How creative and a wonderful way to add color to a bland space. I have not tried this before but I will keep it mind for when the time comes to use this creative décor. Blessings, dear lady.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear teaches,

      So great to see you stopping by to read! Thank you so much dear lady for the lovely comments. Yes, the man garage redo seems to be a hit, which I am pleasantly surprised about indeed!

      Yes, repurposing old windows has become the thing now and one can just use them as they are and hang them in grouping on a wall as art or just set them on top of a fireplace mantle. I have seen this done, and it truly looks so unique and lovely.

      Have a lovely day dear one,

      Faith Reaper

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      mylindaelliott 3 years ago from Louisiana

      I love this idea. It is so clever. I especially like the one with the family pictures.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello mylindaelliott,

      So lovely to see you stopping by to read! Thank you so much for the wonderful comment. Oh, yes, that message board is my favorite here too, and it was so simple to do! Using an old window for a message board, adds so much character than using just a regular old message/picture board would indeed.

      Have a lovely evening,

      Faith Reaper

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Fabulous ideas! As you probably suspected, I am all for green living, and you are well on your way to keeping less at the local dump. As a matter of fact, I am going to share this. My friend, Jeannie, also uses old wooden willows are picture frames for her artwork that she sells in her shop.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Deb,

      Oh, thank you so much! Yes, I gathered you were all for green living and I am glad you are so!!! Well, thank you very much for sharing. That is wonderful about your friend's shop and the items she sells.

      I appreciate you stopping by to read.

      Have a lovely evening,

      Faith Reaper

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      Madeleine Salin 3 years ago from Finland

      I love this hub! You are so creative. I've been thinking about doing something with old windows and reuse other materials, too. In our new house I'm going to use two old double doors for an "in-built vitrine". Thank you for sharing your "projects". Really nice hub. :)

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      Madeleine Salin 3 years ago from Finland

      Maybe it's called "built-in vitrine cabin". My English is not 100% fluently...

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Made,

      Thank you so much for stopping by to read! I appreciate your kind words here and I am glad you are going to do something with old windows and reuse other materials as well in your new house. That sounds awesome about using two old double doors for an "built-in vitrine" cabinet. Have a wonderful day,

      Faith Reaper

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      Brian Leekley 3 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Up, Useful, Interesting, and shared.

      I'm bringing this to my wife's attention. She's into repurposing everything.

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      Madeleine Salin 3 years ago from Finland

      Thank you, it's just so much work scraping off the old paint from the doors. I started last year, but couldn't finish it because my shoulders started aching every time. I need to ask my husband for help to be able to finish the project.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello B. Leekly,

      I appreciate you stopping by to read here this day. That is wonderful about your wife repurposing everything! So glad you are going to bring this hub to her attention.

      I appreciate the vote up and more and sharing.

      Have a lovely day,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Made,

      That is a lot of work, but nowadays people just leave the old windows (at least) usually as they are for more character, but I have seen the old paint removed and them repainted in high gloss vibrant colors to make even something such as a coffee table, which looked amazing. Then I have seen the same thing with the wood just left as is and people use the old windows just as they are as art on walls or on fireplace mantles too.

      The possibilities are endless!

      I hope your project turns out exactly as you want it to and remember it does not have to be perfect for sure!

      Enjoy,

      Faith Reaper

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      Cheryl 3 years ago

      I love this idea. Our house was built in 1959 and all the windows were replaced except the ones in the four bedrooms. Many window panes in them. We will eventually replace them in time and now I know exactly what I am going to do with the windows. Great hub voted up.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Author Cheryl,

      I am so glad you have stopped by here this day to read! I am thrilled you love this idea. Oh, I am so glad you will repurpose the old windows when the time comes and you know exactly what to do with your old windows! Your home sounds wonderful. I just love the older homes with so much character, it seems.

      I appreciate the vote up.

      Have a lovely day,

      Faith Reaper

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      Christin Sander 3 years ago from Midwest

      Love the window boxes! SO cute on the garage. We have an old window stored in the basement and I've been trying to come up with ideas of what I could do with it. I think I'll do something with it to brighten up a dark hallway. I could brighten up by hanging an old window with bright color behind it. You have the coolest ideas - very creative you are :)

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi ChristinS,

      So glad you stopped by to read this day! Oh, there are endless creative ways to repurpose old windows. If you want to brighten up a dark hallway, I have seen someone run those lights around the rim of it on the inside that are concealed and then when turned out light up with a soft glow and you can place something colorful on the back of the window or even paint something colorful on the glass or even etch the glass with some design.

      I appreciate your kind comments.

      Enjoy your weekend,

      Faith Reaper

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      Karen Szklany Gault 3 years ago from New England

      Great idea, and fabulous pictures to demonstrate! I have but skimmed the hub but look forward to spending more time with it soon. This type of project is definitely one I'd try! :0)

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      Troyangeluk 3 years ago from UK

      I really enjoyed reading this it really open your eyes to unique ways to reuse old things to make them new and funky :).

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Seafarer Mama,

      I am so sorry I missed your lovely comment here! Oh, yes, there are endless possibilities to come up with while repurposing old windows indeed.

      I do hope you come up with something creative and wonderful in repurposing an old window. Let me know how it turns out if you do give it a try. It is a lot of fun and very green.

      Blessings

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Troyangeluk,

      So nice to meet you and I appreciate you stopping by to read! I am so glad you enjoyed reading here. Yes, repurpose old things is wise, very green and funky : ) You would be amazed at just what one can use an old window for ... so much more than I could fit into this one hub. Hmm

      I hope you are enjoying a lovely weekend,

      Faith Reaper

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      You have some beautiful projects here. I really love upcycling well made old furniture and other items to make something new or give them new life. I think it ads so much interest and character to a home or office, etc., and it can be very economical at the same time.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you so much, Au fait, for stopping by to read. Yes, there are endless possibilities when repurposing. It is a lot of fun to be creative and look at old items in a fresh way.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      This is a brilliant idea, creatively beautiful!! Unique ideas, love the photos. Great hub, voted way up.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Vellur,

      Thank you so much for reading and I appreciate the "brilliant and beautiful" for sure! I am glad you thought these idea unique and the possibilities of reusing old windows are endless.

      I appreciate the vote way up

      Blessings for a lovely Sunday

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Well, I just don't know where to begin with my compliments on your outstanding project! In my old house I was forced to leave (another story), was 100 yrs. old. It had the old windows with lead weights and pullies! On one French door that had glass panes, I painted that one with faux stain glass and wrote a Hub about that project!!

      I appreciate the time you took with this Hub, and your great photos!

      Voted UP, etc.etc. and shared.

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      Mary Wickison 2 years ago from Brazil

      Wonderful. I am not a creative, crafty sort of person but I think I could do this. I love the rustic style of the one with the chicken wire.

      I too love having a window over my sink, which I don't have with this house. I may have to keep my eyes open for old type. Thanks for these great ideas.

      Also thanks to Mary615 for sharing. I will be also and pinning

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Mary,

      Thank you so much for your most generous comments here. Yes, I know you were forced to leave your home. That is a huge transition. It sounded lovely with the old windows and I do love older homes. I will search out your hub where you painted the faux stain glass. I would love to try that as I love the stained glass look too. I wish you could have taken some of those old windows with you.

      I appreciate your kind comments here and so glad you like the photos.

      Thank you so much for the vote up and more and especially sharing.

      You're the best!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Blond Logic,

      I love your hubber name. I am so glad you arrived here via Mary's share. She is wonderful.

      Oh, yes, the ideas for repurposing old window are endless and one can turn one into just about anything, even a coffee table. I have always had windows over my sinks in my homes, and this is the first home I did not, so this is the best I could come up with, although I do have a big picture window at one end of my kitchen where the breakfast table is located. So, there is plenty of light coming in. The chicken wire message board is my favorite as well, and it is so unbelievably easy!

      I appreciate your kind comments as well as pinning.

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      OSBERT JOEL C 2 years ago from CHENNAI

      Great job Faith Reaper .. You are very creative.. voted up!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hello goodnews11,

      Nice to meet you and I appreciate you stopping by to read. Thank you for your kind comments and vote up.

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      lovedoctor926 2 years ago

      Hi Faith, how are you? Hope everything is peachy. These are wonderful & creative ideas for re- purposing old windows. never done it, but I'm willing to give it a try. I love the photos & the projects you've been working on mostly. your husband's man garage looks awesome & spacious:) vote up useful, interesting. God Bless You.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning. I just came back to let you know: I had done a faux stain glass Dolphin that was over my front door at the old house. I had a carpenter remove the piece of glass. I couldn't bear to part with it! I had the glass framed, and it now hangs in my little apartment's screened in porch.

      I love to look at it, and remember all the good times in that old house.

      Hope you have a wonderful day.

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      Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

      I love this hub. Just a few days ago I suggested to my artistic brother that he might start using old windows for some of his art projects. I stumbled on your hub today and am sharing it with him. I particularly like your exterior "window boxes" with flowers. Fantastic work. Thank you for sharing your ideas. Voted up, across, and sharing too. Oh, and nominated for Editor's Choice too. :-)

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Marlene (lovedoctor)!

      So great to see you here. I thought you had returned to HP a while back but I have not seen anything from you or heard from you in a bit. I do hope you are well. Yes, everything here is just peachy : )

      I am so glad you like my repurposing of old windows, especially my husband's man garage. It is pretty spacious for a backyard garage. We have a large one too in the front of the house, but only the cars are allowed to park there and no man stuff lol!

      I hope you are back to start writing again on HP, although, I have not been doing much of that myself here of late.

      God bless you too, sweetie.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Mary,

      Oh, thank you so much for coming back and letting me know about your wonderful faux stain glass Dolphin that you had done over your front door of your old house! I am so glad you have it with you now! That makes me happy, and I know you too, dear Mary!

      I know you do love looking at it, and I would too. I am just getting in after a long day, so I am going to head your way.

      Thank you for sharing that with me and all here.

      Hugs

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Linda,

      Oh, I am so glad you found this hub to share with your artistic brother. There are so many creative projects one can do with old windows, just whatever your mind can come up with ... it is so much fun. I love creating new things out of old things. It is very green and plus cool! I am glad you like the window boxes on my husband's man garage. I was surprised he did not mind me "fixing up" his man garage lol. I appreciate the vote up and more and share! Oh, wow, Editor's Choice, really! Awesome, Linda ... You're the best ever to do such.

      Have a great evening and rest of the week. Thank you for blessing me this day with your visit here.

      Hugs

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Faith, this is amazing ideas to reuse items decoratively.

      Thumbs up, useful, awesome, interesting

      Blessings

      Shyron

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      Dreamer at heart 2 years ago from Northern California

      I enjoyed reading your article so much. A few years ago I had the chance to repurpose an old window frame. In all of the tornado of moving I failed to bring that wonderful weathered frame along. Your article rekindled that zest for finding another one to decorate. To reuse discarded items like this is commended.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Shyron,

      Always a blessing when you stop by to read. I am glad you like my ideas here. They are very simple.

      I appreciate the vote up and more.

      Blessings always

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hello starstream,

      I am so glad you enjoyed reading my article. I do hope you are able to find more great old windows to repurpose. You can even make a great coffee table out of one. The reuses are endless. Whatever you can picture in your mind ... you can make it!

      Thank you so much for reading.

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      I love it! why can I never think of these things to do? lol! its not something that would even cross my mind! what a great hub!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Nell,

      I am glad you love my creations from old windows! What you do is just look at an object and think of what else it can be made into. It is a lot of fun, as the possibilities are endless. I go through spurts of creating these projects and it is usually in winter of all times LOL.

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I LOVE these ideas for re-purposing old windows. These are just beautifully done, and you are right about it being a very green thing today. All votes up. pinned and shared!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Rebecca,

      Thank you so much for reading and I am glad you love all of these simple ideas here! I appreciate the enthusiastic comments, votes up, pin and share.

      Hope you had a great long weekend.

      Blessings

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I hung a couple of these this weekend that have mirrors behind them; just love em! ^+

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Jackie,

      Oh, those sound lovely, especially to reflect back what it is you have placed them in front of, plus more light too to bounce around the room. I love light and old window frames!

      Enjoy!

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      Jennifer Arnett 2 years ago from California

      You are so creative. I love the idea of re-purposing older items. It took me a second to realize that those windows on the shed were't really windows. The planter boxes are a beautiful touch. Your little home in the country is adorable!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Availiasvision,

      Thank you so much! I appreciate you stopping by to read. When I see something old, I always can picture it as another useful item and repurpose away. Yes, the windows are real windows, but not in the sense of actually ones that can be opened. Hmm, I am surprised my hubby has not figured out to actually put the windows in the shed, so that he can get more air flow, as we live in the deep South, and in the summer, the heat is unbearable. I am so glad he has that good-sized man shed, as I call it, for I only want our vehicles to go in the front garage of our actually home. I was surprised and delighted he did not mind me making his man shed not so plain looking. We love living in the small town/country now, especially after having horrible experiences in the city, in which I still work ...sigh (an hour commute, but it is worth it)!

      I appreciate your positive comments and kind words here.

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      Mel92114 2 years ago

      I love this idea! Wow, you did an amazing job...they are absolutely gorgeous! I especially love the hanging planters. Voted all the way!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Mel,

      So nice to meet you! I am so glad you have stopped by my side of HP Town this day and that you love this idea. I appreciate your most enthusiastic comments. Yes, the hanging planters seem to be everyone's favorite.

      Wow, thank you so much for the vote up all the way!

      Blessings

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      Kristian Režić 2 years ago from Split

      Faith, you have a great ideas. With your ideas you turn something old into something quite beautiful and new. Every article and poem you wrote is magnificent. Van Gogh is my favourite painter. For me, the best picture from his work is "Starry Night Over the Rhone". ;)

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi KristianKikaso,

      I appreciate your kind and most generous comments. Yes, I, too, love Van Gogh, especially "Starry Night" ...

      Thank you for stopping by to read.

      Blessings for a beautiful starry night wherever you are this night.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      My kitchen windows are plain and boring, i must do something about it and your hub gave me the idea, tq

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi peachpurple, so glad you came away with some creative ideas for your windows!

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Back to say I'm adding this to my hub on garden art because your garage makeover is such a great example of what repurposing can do for outdoor spaces.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi RTalloni,

      Wow, you are quick on the draw LOL. I went back to say thank you and saw you had linked this hub to your hub too. I really appreciate you!

      I am so surprised about all loving the Man Garage makeover LOL. I thought men, especially, would come on here and fuss about it, but to my delight ...not so.

      Enjoy your gardening tomorrow.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      What creative ideas you have shown us in this hub regarding repurposing old windows. We have some friends who repurposed some old doors by inserting mirrors. It turned out great! The same could be done with windows if the glass is already missing. It gives the mirrors a nice framed look. Up votes and pinning to my decorating ideas board. Will also share.

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      Jackie Lynnley 18 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Stopping back by; forgot how much I loved it! I have one window like that up but I have another one somewhere I need to locate. They were both painted green with white specks even though I bought them at two different yardsales. Maybe they came from the factory that way? I love them though and using it over a painting is such a great idea I will just have to do that.

      Sharing again!

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      Faith Reaper 18 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Peggy, I'm terribly sorry that I missed your lovely comment from six months ago! Oh, yes, old doors are great for repurposing too. Your friend's idea sounds awesome inserting mirrors. Now, you have given me a great idea. You are so kind to pin and I really appreciate the share. Blessings

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      Faith Reaper 18 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Jackie, Thank you so much for revisiting this one, which reminded me of some others projects I wanted to do using old windows! I want to make a coffee table out of an old rectangular window. Plus, I've seen some really neat green houses made from old windows and doors, believe it or not. Yes, that is the easiest way to repurpose to just place a print behind the window or even better in your case, some of your photos ...maybe a particular theme for each frame. You are so kind to share again. I appreciate you. Hugs

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      Jackie Lynnley 18 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Wow; a green house from windows? That would make a great hub!! I may think about doing that; I see old doors and windows all the time at yard sales and I guess that would really be better than plastic or such like Bill was talking about doing.

      Hope I remember that idea when I am out at sales. I have always wanted a greenhouse. I passed up a bucket full of rosemary at Walmart this morning and wishing now I had gotten them but I do have some smaller ones growing on my porch like that I could bring in. They grow outside right through the winter but being new roots they might not be safe.

      You do great hubs like this with such fun ideas; you really should do more.

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      Faith Reaper 18 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Jackie, Oh, you should do a green house or solarium of sorts, especially with all you grow. I saw some great ideas on Pinterest using old French doors and windows. I haven't done any projects here of late, so I am overdue. There are truly endless possibilities to recycle old doors and windows. You are very creative and have a great eye to make anything beautiful and unique.

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      Jackie Lynnley 18 months ago from The Beautiful South

      I meant you should do the hub not me. lol

      I do see things like that, that are so beautiful but you can't just buy everything pretty you see; but maybe I can now!

      Have got my bonus points up to almost $70 at WG, mostly buying shampoos and hair stuff! Got something called Yes today and just used it. Combed out really good; will have to see how it does when it dries.

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      Faith Reaper 18 months ago from southern USA

      Oh, well, you can do one too, Jackie, hahaha.

      Wow, you have been earning those points up! You must have the most beautiful hair around with all of those shampoos smelling so good. Yes, tell me about the Yes product. I like to allow my hair to dry naturally too, so I do need a good product to put in to and leave in. I get so worn out drying my hair. When I don't blow dry it, it is really wavy, almost curly, and then as it dries it seems to grow and grow in thickness.

      Hugs

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      Jackie Lynnley 18 months ago from The Beautiful South

      It says give it 7 shampoos to beautiful hair and it seems OK but I can't give any shampoo 7 tries in a row! I got a lot of Aussies and have to try some of those. I didn't use to like it but I hear others praising it and got bucks off plus points so got some different things by them. My hair has a natural wave too. I don't have to roll it unless I sleep on it bad and have to curl one side to match the other! lol

      My hair is growing crazy fast all of a sudden and I am glad. I got almost scalped for that surgery and thought I'd be a year getting it back but now it seems to be.

      Hugs! Have a quick week!

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      Faith Reaper 18 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Jackie,

      7 shampoos! Wow, that is a lot to get the beautiful hair LOL. Yes, I used to use the Aussie hair products many years ago. Wow, girl, you have enough shampoo to last the rest of your life. You should open a beauty salon, as you already have all the products! Now, just because you have a coupon for something doesn't mean you must buy it. Hahaha. I tend to wait until I run out and then go and by something because I don't like the products to get too old by the time I get around to using them.

      Yes, my hair grows fast too, and I have a hard time getting to the hairdressers to get a necessary cut. Right now it is way over due for a good cut.

      Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

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      Jackie Lynnley 18 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Strange it is the only shampoo I ever remember that only calls for one shampoo. I just always do it twice but will try it a few more times, just once; I liked it.

      I end up giving bunches away; use to lots more with my daughter and all her kids...Shane's birthday today (15); he came by to supper and pick up his gift and we watch Mystery Gorillas of Shangrila. Had to go retake my eye test today and think I will have better luck this time. The doctor said no one could tell from looking but one of my eyes is higher than the other. Glad I didn't know it all these years. I might have been self conscious! Now; who cares!

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      Faith Reaper 18 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Jackie,

      Yes, that is unusual for a shampoo. I've always wondered if it is really necessary to "repeat" as they say, and it may be just so it will be used up faster to have to buy more.

      Oh, I know you enjoyed your day today with Shane visiting and his birthday!

      Hahaha ...yes, that is the great part about get older is that nothing much bothers us as it once would have when young.

      I still think you should try to build a green house of sorts from old windows and doors, especially being you have so many plants.

      Have a blessed Thanksgiving too.

      Hugs

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      Jackie Lynnley 18 months ago from The Beautiful South

      I really think I will see what I can come up with next spring and I may just do that. I do see doors all the time but even though my car is a hatchback type car I got just for yard sales I don't know if many doors will fit in! But perhaps I will come across some small ones. I love ones with window panes!

      Oh that Yes shampoo is all natural and I am just using it now. May get more when I start spending my credit which is nearly at $70 now. I thought after Christmas sales would be a good time.

      I am going to get some service trees! Did you see that on one of my recent plant questions? Someone told me about them and they are beautiful with flowers but you get fruit too that taste like blueberries and I saw an online sale for 3 I may get if I don't find them local. Will be great fun.

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      Faith Reaper 18 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Jackie,

      Oh, yes, the doors with panes are the best for the green house, like old French doors are great! I'm sure you can come up with something creative, as you are very creative from what I've seen in your gardens.

      After Christmas I bet you can rack up a lot with your credit.

      I did not see that about the service trees. I've never heard of them before. I will Google and see what they are all about. They sound beautiful. I love finding unique trees and plants too and the service trees sound perfect.

      Have fun!

      Hugs

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      Jackie Lynnley 18 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Yes I saw if you got three you could get them like 8 bucks each so if things slow down a little for me I would like to plant some before Christmas if I can get them. Some places want to wait til spring to send them and I really don't like that. may just call around some first.

      Thinking more about those doors wouldn't it be nice just to have one or two in the garden somewhere near flowers? I have some great pictures where they were used in a garden for a wedding! Painted white with glass panes and so beautiful. Might think of a question to put them in to look at!

      God help us to enjoy another spring.

      Hugs

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      Faith Reaper 18 months ago from southern USA

      That's a great deal if you can find them. Maybe if there's a local nursery they can order them now for you. Yes, the doors with the glass panes in the garden would be beautiful! Amen about that.

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