Found an old window in our basement. Glass intact.

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Ideas???? What to do with it? Can I put bolts/hooks on one end, paint glue and throw crushed glass on it for a stained glass effect? I am not a painter, so that's out...also would paint the frame, maybe a pewter? I also like the old wood cut pictures. Maybe a transfer of some type, or stencil? This is an amazing group of talented people on this page, so may I pick your brains???? Our house was built in 1912.
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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Nov 19, 2015
    That is an amazing window. If you have a large space to hang that in your home I wouldyou the stain glass method.Search pinteerst for ideas of what to paint or google stain glass ideas.
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    • Gabrielle Falk Gabrielle Falk on Nov 20, 2015
      @Janet Pizaro I think u can purchase 'window cling film' etc. to decorate windows. It would all depend on where u wanted to put this beautiful door. Could u use it as a purely decoration item ie. paint the frame, when dry distress if u want - it's really easy, and if u want put another paint coat on top, either a similar colour, or something different. Let dry, slightly distress with mild sand paper, varnish if u wish. And then just prop up against a wall. Depending on the space u have. OR do u have someone clever who can make a table out of it. You would need something to support the glass area. Whatever u do, make sure you post your results.
  • Pjk Pjk on Nov 19, 2015
    you can also use different color of paint on several of the glass inserts...will look like stained glass...you can always get the paint off if it isn't the color you had in mind
  • Michelle Harbee Michelle Harbee on Nov 20, 2015
    Just last weekend I came across a vintage 8 pane window similar to yours. I absolutely love it! I painted mine a bright white, as it'll not only go well with my decor but it'll also help brighten up my kitchen. I plan on getting a boxwood or magnolia wreath to hang in the middle of it. Here within the next few weeks I'm going to use a traditional Christmas wreath. https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=vintage+window+wreath&rs=ac&len=2&term_meta%5B%5D=wreath%7Cautocomplete%7C0 As far as paint, like I said, I used white mainly because I'm all about the neutrals but I think it would look great painted a bold color. Do you have an accent color you use to decorate the room you're putting it in? I was close to painting mine an eggplant color but also think it would look so pretty in dark teal or light yellow. So many choices! You also have to take your wall color into consideration, as you don't want it to clash or become one within your wall. I've also seen people place photographs or scrapbook paper in each pane. Here is a link for a tutorial: http://makezine.com/2007/03/05/vintage_window_photo_display/ You really can't go wrong with whatever you choose to do. These windows are such statement pieces even by themselves. You could always go simple and just paint it or simply leave it as is.
    • Victoria Howard Victoria Howard on Nov 20, 2015
      @Michelle Harbee All great ideas! thank you! I have white walls, with dark brown wood trim. House is a 1912 Craftsman. I have two large Bay windows in the home that would catch the sun well.
  • Alvena Cain-Campbell Alvena Cain-Campbell on Nov 20, 2015
    i would frame family pictures in it with beautiful paper and quotes.
  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Nov 20, 2015
    Like the stained glass idea, especially since you have an old home.. Had students decorate a bank of huge windows in an old classroom with washable craft paint. They were amazing.
  • Kathy Kathy on Nov 20, 2015
    If you have a wall long enough you can hang it lengthwise on the wall and put pictures in it. My daughter in law did that and changes each section with the season. One time she even hung skeleton keys in a few of the panels
  • Marlene Murray Marlene Murray on Nov 20, 2015
    My favorite is the one with pictures and the coat hool, bottom right. I made one like this....super simple and is always the talk of guests.
  • Karen Holsopple Karen Holsopple on Nov 20, 2015
    They have stain glass paint at Michaels. I'm getting ready to do windows for my two daughters. I'm also going to paint 1 square with chalk paint, one with tiny clothes pins for pictures and the other two squares stain glass. It looks fairly easy to do. I'm painting the frame of the window with unicorn spit in their favorite colors.
  • Kathy Kathy on Nov 20, 2015
    I came across an old window with one end rounded. I used the window film called rice paper in each pane. I also taped battery operated mini lights to the back. The lights have a timer so they go on in the evening for 5 hours. That gives a nice back lighted glow to the window. I placed it over my fireplace I put a red berry wreath on the front of it for the holidays. I can change what is on it for each season or holiday. The possibilities are endless. You cold also use a frosted glass spray paint on the glass instead of the window cling. Good luck!
  • Angela Apintiloaiei Angela Apintiloaiei on Nov 20, 2015
    I took glass dishes of different colors and made flowers on an old window. I found the inspiration on etsy. I used clear premium waterproof silicone (rain ready/sun/freezeproof) to glue the glass to the window. I have also seen mosaic designs on windows.
  • Marsha Schwarz Marsha Schwarz on Nov 20, 2015
    Have some vinyl designed with your favorite saying, thought, quote or Bible verse. Use hooks and wire from the hardware store to hang for constant inspiration.
  • Terry Terry on Nov 20, 2015
    Here is a couple of ideas
  • RJackson RJackson on Nov 20, 2015
    I had a window almost identical to the one you have. I painted it an antique white (just not a bright white) and distressed it with my emery board and very fine sandpaper. I then searched online and purchased the black triangles that were used back in the day in photo albums. I placed those on the corners of pictures (all old, and all black and whites) and pasted them to the BACK of the window frame (so the photo would have a glass over it). This involves turning the triangles over, but it's easy enough to figure out. It was beautiful.
  • Brenda Pippin Brenda Pippin on Nov 20, 2015
    You could put pics of your family in the panes and hang it on the wall..
  • Tracey Tracey on Nov 20, 2015
    I love old windows!! You can paint the wood part, distress, you can use to put a large family pick behind, or several picks behind each pane, (I prefer black and white) put fake snow just around edges of glass in a circle motion and put light behind for Christmas, old lace behind glass, etc.... Your options are endless!!
  • Audrey Trubshaw Audrey Trubshaw on Nov 20, 2015
    I had 2 old windows. I used one for a fire screen and I put a mirror behind the other one and hung it on the back fence opposite my kitchen window. They are great conversation starters! :-)
  • Lyn1371374 Lyn1371374 on Nov 20, 2015
    you could inset mirror glass from dollar store frames glue glass on and make one total mosaic (not 8 separate ones)
    • Lance irwin Lance irwin on Nov 20, 2015
      Hi Lynda, your idea sounds pretty cool. I just wanted to say hi and let you know I went to Springstead high school class of 88.
  • Linda Lemiere-Zile Linda Lemiere-Zile on Nov 20, 2015
    Here's what I do with some of mine. Some we have wooden gutters on them and some have the plastic ones. Put drainage holes in them and fill up with soil and going plant them!
  • Linda Lemiere-Zile Linda Lemiere-Zile on Nov 20, 2015
    Here's the pic. It didn't copy right for me.I tried posting the pic twice but I can't get it to come up
  • Robert Cervantes Robert Cervantes on Nov 20, 2015
    I'm with Tracy, placing pictures behind the window or even a landscape that ties together like an ocean view or forest something calm and relaxing would be great. then add cardboard to the back and staple it with a hand stapler. Do you hear that? Sounds like we got a winner. lol good luck.
  • Sheri N Sheri N on Nov 20, 2015
    Decoupage torn up colored tissue paper on the back of the glass?! It would be transparent enough that the light would come through.
  • Lance irwin Lance irwin on Nov 20, 2015
    I built the rolling bookshelf and a coffee table trunk and a small greenhouse for our garden out of windows I found.
  • Marlene Marlene on Nov 20, 2015
    I put an old vintage tapestry behind mine so it looks like the people in the tapestry are looking thru a window. On each side I put sconces. It all hangs in my hallway and looks great.
  • Marlene Marlene on Nov 20, 2015
    Oh you can also turn the window horizontal....
  • Mac1718663 Mac1718663 on Nov 20, 2015
    My niece put her wedding pictures in her's as Robert above mention. . Maybe some Beautiful flower pictures. My daughter put family pictures in her's. Just some ideas. Would like to see your idea on here when you figure your idea out
  • Desiree' Desiree' on Nov 20, 2015
    Put dried flowers on there, put beautiful family pictures or create nature scenery that you may have taken a trip on and love the scene that is etched in your mind, there are so many ideas to use it for the windows. I have a beautiful glass door but not sure what to do with it yet. I am hoping to use that for my kitchen someday.
  • Judy Judy on Nov 20, 2015
    I recently saw another blog on here where they put the window or storm door ( they look similar) sideways on the wall with photos in each window..looked very nice and along the bottom edge they hung coat hooks.
  • Kathy Bitzan Kathy Bitzan on Nov 20, 2015
    We made one for my daughter years ago and attached a box across the bottom. She decorates it for every season or holiday.
  • Skylar Skylar on Nov 20, 2015
    You could put I pictures and find something to back it with and make it a frame
  • Gayle Gayle on Nov 20, 2015
    You could also paint some of the panes with chalkboard paint and write messages on them. Photos, painted pictures, notes, awards on the other frames. These large windows make good room dividers too.
  • Shar Scrapendipity Hoff Shar Scrapendipity Hoff on Nov 20, 2015
    Turn it on it's side and add coat hooks. You could paint it, leave it, add photos behind each of the windows, or just hang it as is by a door or in a mudroom. That's an awesome window!
  • Marlene Marlene on Nov 20, 2015
    glad i could help.......love the vintage look! don't forget....yu can turn the window horizontal. it is a nice big window!
  • Carol Harris Carol Harris on Nov 20, 2015
    My husband took out the window panes and replaced them with mirrors. He had them cut at a glass shop, and I painted the frame a color that would match my decoration. You can hang it anyway you want it, long way or upright.
  • Kathi Mureen Kathi Mureen on Nov 20, 2015
    Build a "box" with shelves, use the window for a door, voila, closed curio or bookcase! If you use louver door or shutters for the sides, it gives it a beachy or shabby chic look, depending on how you finish it.
  • Sarah Sarah on Nov 20, 2015
    Like some other artist, you can use it as a message board. Get a can of chalk board paint and paint some Payne's and use the others as a photo frame. Place photo of people or places you've been or want to go. Or make it a dream board and hang it in a room that will accommodate / remind you. Have fun however you choose to use it.
  • Mary Jaeger Mary Jaeger on Nov 20, 2015
    Build a box (no bottom) and attach it to the top with hinges. Install it in a sunny location. Instant cold frame!
  • David Ogden David Ogden on Nov 20, 2015
    They sell mirror paint at home depot you spray on one side and it makes a great mirror. I have done this came out great looks great too
  • Sherre M Sherre M on Nov 20, 2015
    Here're some things I've done with flat marble's.
  • Sandy Sandy on Nov 21, 2015
    I like Sherre's idea for painting. You can get books with designs at Michael's or Hobby Lobby. Another idea would be to use as part of a garden room outside. Build a trellis with the window in the middle. Then grow ivy or some other vine on the trellis. You could put this in a planter box to add some privacy to your deck or in the ground next to your fence to look like it separates (or does) your yard from the next.
  • Debbie Fulkerson Debbie Fulkerson on Nov 21, 2015
    Use it as a multi-picture frame hung sideways makes a great wall statement.
  • Buster Evans Buster Evans on Nov 21, 2015
    Yes family pictures!! you can tape the photos to the back with the glass in front, and change them out from time to time.. sort of a centerpiece of photos for an entryway or any room.. Hang it lengthwise (4 panes on top 4 on bottom)... Great way to bring photos together.
  • Judi Judi on Nov 21, 2015
    photos, photos, photos.... and more photos.
  • Linda Lemiere-Zile Linda Lemiere-Zile on Nov 22, 2015
    I have tried several times to upload it and it finally worked!
  • Tracey Tracey on Nov 22, 2015
    Oops!! Well we do not have to go Christmas..LOL! I love the size of your window. Again you could take pics. from your family and put behind it. It would be a nice hallway piece, or even with it being that large set up in a corner. I like to go to Walgreens and scan the pics. and change to black and white. The window would also look great just painted (outside) and placed somewhere. last thing...hehe! I have also seen where people take vintage lace, doilies and put behind the panes.
  • Barbara Spangler Barbara Spangler on Nov 22, 2015
    instead of length wise hang it horizontally. You can do photos or paint a design or both. Glue little burlap or silk flowers in the center of one of the panes, ideas are endless
  • David Ogden David Ogden on Nov 22, 2015
    Not me sorry
  • RJackson RJackson on Nov 23, 2015
    I'm sorry, sweetie. That was years ago and I don't have it any longer. I married and moved and the window just didn't make the trip.
  • Lou Whitcomb Lou Whitcomb on Nov 23, 2015
    I saw on that was with a picture of her grandchildren sitting on a rock wall and she took a picture if them from the back, had it made into a poster and and use the old window as the frame.
  • Angela Apintiloaiei Angela Apintiloaiei on Nov 25, 2015
    Sorry for the delay but here are some pictures.
  • Georgia Lyman Georgia Lyman on Dec 04, 2015
    A little mixed egg white acts like glue, is see thru --- put dried flowers in each pane, not too many. Egg white will hold them. Change with the seasons -- inside use only, for this idea.