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How to Re-Use Old Windows

Updated on June 18, 2013
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New Windows Save You Money

Upgrading to new and energy-efficient windows can save you a lot of money in the long run. Some of the top perks include a lower energy bill, higher levels of comfort and the opportunity to upcycle your old windows in fun (and often money-making) ways.

Prepping for New Windows

A standard installation of your new windows should only take a day. You can help speed the process along by having your home ready when the installation team arrives. First, remove anything on or around your windows. Window treatments, blinds and curtains must come down and stay out of the way until the new windows are in place. If you have a security system, make sure that the window alarm is disabled or removed before work begins. If necessary, call your security company for instructions or assistance. Once everything near the windows, including hanging artwork or decorations, has been moved safely elsewhere, make sure that there is a clear path from your home’s entryway to each window. Your help with these little details can ensure a smooth and swift installation.

Old Windows, New Life

If you’re feeling crafty, and want to try your hand at some DIY upcycling, tell your installation team that you want to keep your old windows. When it comes to this information, the sooner they know, the better. Inform them of your wish over the phone or tell them as soon as they arrive at your home. This ensures that special care will be taken to preserve your old windows during their removal. If your old windows happen to be decorative or colonial style, the crafting possibilities are endless.

Our favorite way to breathe new life into an old window is by turning it into a coffee table. All you’ll need for this project is:

  • Four table legs
  • Four measured and cut 1x3 boards
  • Paint or stain for the finish
  • Screws
  • Power screwdriver/drill
  • Power saw (optional)


The 1x3 boards will form the frame of the coffee table in which the old window will sit. Measure the outside edges of the window frame and cut the boards (or take your measurements to the local home improvement store and have them cut there). When measuring, keep in mind that the shorter top and bottom boards will fit inside the two longer sideboards when you secure them together. When your boards are cut, lay them in place and double check that the window frame will sit on top. Now put the legs in their respective corners (the table should look like it is laying upside down), and confirm their fit, before securing with the screws. Flip your table frame over and simply place the old window on top. Secure the window to the frame and you’ve got a new coffee table! Painting and staining can be done before or after construction, based on personal preference.

Picture frames, shadow boxes, bookshelves and even greenhouses can be made from old windows. Plus, if you discover the master crafter within, there is always the option of selling your creations on websites like Etsy.com and eBay.com. So, not only are you saving money and energy with your new windows, you’re earning money with your old ones! What is your favorite idea for repurposing an old window?

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      Dreamer at heart 4 years ago from Northern California

      I found a great older mirror framed with country white wash window frame at the goodwill. I paid very little for it and thought it was such a great addition to my bedroom. In fact there were so many finds that I wrote an article about shopping at Goodwill.

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