Reurpose An Old Window Into Art For Your Home!

3 Materials
2 Hours

Architectural salvage is one of my favorite things. If I was Oprah and had a show, I would have to add architectural salvage to my list of favorite things. There is something about salvaging the beautiful architectural details in old homes and buildings. You can reuse them for what they were made for, or repurpose them into beautiful decor for your home. Old corbels are top on my architectural salvage list, but anything that has character, great shape or hints of the past are things I will pick up for sure.
My last architectural salvage find was this arched window.
You just don't see windows in this shape that often so I had to pick it up.
When I started thinking about changing up our entry wall decor, I headed to the garage to see what I could come up with. I wanted to make something with the window and found some tongue and groove boards that would work perfectly.
The first thing we did was use our scroll saw to cut the boards to fit the back of the window.
I painted the boards white with my favorite {aff} Zibra Paint brushes .
Once the boards were dry, I used my orbital sander to distress them a bit.
Then, we used our nail gun to attach the boards to the back of the window. I liked the look of the wood side of the window against the white painted boards. I used some Hemp Oil on the wood to brighten is up a bit.
I added a {aff} thankful sign and some eucalyptus to the window and we hung in in the entry. It is the first thing you see when you come in our front door now. I love it! It was just what the entry needed.

Suggested materials:

  • Paint  (Dixie Belle Paint)
  • Thankful Sign  (Kirklands)
  • Sander  (Amazon)

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Lindsay Eidahl

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Have a question about this project?

2 questions
  • Hope
    on Nov 7, 2017

    Hi Lindsay. I like how the project turned out but, what did you do with the window sill apron (trim) piece that is shown beneath the arched window in the 1st picture..? I think your project would be even better looking than it already is with that piece at the bottom of your finished window. Nice work! I love old architecture elements! : )
    • Lindsay Eidahl
      on Nov 7, 2017

      If you head to my blog and read the post, I tell you why that didn't work! I am so glad it didn't because I love the way it looks without it. Less is more sometimes.
  • Maribeth C Yarnell
    on Nov 12, 2017

    You mentioned using a reciprocating saw... But the photo shows a scroll saw... Reciprocating saws usually are the hand-held type... The picture and scroll saw can do magical things that the reciprocating saw could not... Which did you actually use for the project?
    • Lindsay Eidahl
      on Nov 12, 2017

      Thanks for catching that. I wrote two projects that day and added the wrong saw in this one. I changed it.

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  • Millies_mom47
    on Nov 5, 2017

    I Love this!! You were so lucky in finding this window! Around where I live we don't have any salvage places, but before we moved to this city the town we were in had 3 or 4 places to get salvaged items and boy do I miss them! Maybe I should think of opening a place. But where or how do you get the salvaged things? Any ideas?
  • Dl.5660408
    on Nov 5, 2017

    Love, love, love those old arched windows!!! Thanks for another way of reusing them
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