Old Window Upcycle

7 Materials
35 Minutes

The next time you see an old window, be sure to grab it. You can turn it into the perfect planter.

This project started with this gorgeous old window that was gifted by a friend who no longer wanted it.  

To turn it into a planter, I picked these flower pots up at the Dollar Store. 

Before I attached them to my window, there were a few things I wanted to do. First, I added some drain holes in the bottoms of the pots. I drilled four drain holes in each so that the water will drain out once they are filled with plants.  

Next, I painted the pots. I wanted them to match some other things on my balcony so I used some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint because I knew it will stick and hold up to the elements. I used a beautiful blue color to cover the outsides, bottoms, and inside rims of each pot. You want to make sure to cover anything that will be visible.  

Once the paint was dry, I wanted to go ahead and reveal a little bit of that pattern that was on the tin. I used a piece of gritty sandpaper and lightly sanded the surface to bring out the pattern. You can instantly see the pattern starting to show through. 

Since my little planters would be outside, I wanted to protect the paint to preserve the color. I used a water-based top coat and brushed it on all of the painted surfaces.  

After the clear coat was dry, it was time to attach the pots to the old window. I started by deciding where I wanted to place them on the window frame.  

To mark the chosen spots, I held them up and drew a couple of dots where I wanted the holes to be.  

Next, I used the dots as a guide to drill some pilot holes before I attached them to the frame. This helped to give the screws a little bit of grit and a place to go.  

Then I drew a little black dot through the holes onto the window frame so I could drill small holes there as well. 

With the holes drilled, I was ready to hang the pots. Using screws with a washer on each, I screwed them into place. Be sure to work nice and slowly so that you don't split your old wood frame. 

It was now time to fill them with some beautiful flowers. I started by filling them with potting soil.  

Then added the flowers. I used two varieties that were of different heights to fill the boxes.  

I absolutely love how beautiful this old window looks with window boxes and flowers. It's the perfect planter and makes use of something that was going to end up in the trash. Be on the lookout for your own window and turn it into a colorful planter as well.  

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Suggested materials:
  • Window
  • Flower Pots
  • Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
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  • Dolma Dolma on Jun 29, 2022

    I have no protection at the roof (same situation) for the flowers on the balcony. So if the sun shines or it rains, the flowers suffer a lot. I was thinking about a tissue polyester 2m on 80cm, like a parasol, but i can't put it on the ground! I would ennoy the neighbour her windo just under the balcony! I'll brico with pleasure something with polyester but how? On wood? Who has a clever idea for me!

  • Jill Wiegand Jill Wiegand on Jul 02, 2022

    I love what you did with the planters! I also love when an old window becomes a piece of art in each window pane. The options are endless! Painting, adhesive decor etc. Great job on your project! ❤️

  • Liz Weiss Liz Weiss on Jul 16, 2022

    I have windows from a 1830 farmhouse I once owned. You have to be careful when painting them. They have all been painted with a lead based paint. Strongly urge everyone to wear a mask when painting and not around any young children.

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