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4 Ways to Decorate with Old Windows

You all probably know by now that I have a love for old windows. It started years ago when my dad, who owns a glass company, started bringing home old windows that people didn’t want. They were basically headed for the dump and he saved them. People be crazy, I know. From that point on an obsession was born and it hasn’t slowed down since. Just like old books, I believe vintage windows are unique and special in their own way. Each one has its own story and journey. And my favorite way to use old windows is by merely cleaning them up and letting them shine in all their glory, with nothing changed or added. Today I’m excited to chat about 4 ways to decorate with old windows in your home.

1. Add Instant Character

4 Ways to Decorate with Old Windows for an effortless farmhouse style look.

If you want a little more character and farmhouse charm in your home, try putting an old window on your mantel. It’s just so easy and effortless. Plus if you struggle with decorating mantels like I do, this is a no brainer. It not only fits perfectly, but it’s a great way to show off a particularly stunning window. This one here is my absolute favorite of all the windows I own, so she’s definitely going up on that mantel. Boom. Instant character and a great conversation piece.

4 Ways to Decorate with Old Windows for an effortless farmhouse style look.

4 Ways to Decorate with Old Windows for an effortless farmhouse style look.

2. Fill Empty Wall Space

4 Ways to Decorate with Old Windows for an effortless farmhouse style look.

Old windows are a great way to fill empty wall space in your home. Or even fill in space on a gallery wall or in those hard to fill spots like above the TV or sofa. This window here is long and narrow, which makes it a perfect fit for this space between our window and the door. Plus I really like how it seems to extend the length of the actual window–basically having the effect that a shutter would in the same spot.

4 Ways to Decorate with Old Windows for an effortless farmhouse style look.
4 Ways to Decorate with Old Windows for an effortless farmhouse style look.

3. Budget Friendly

4 Ways to Decorate with Old Windows for an effortless farmhouse style look.

If you’re like me and decorating on a budget, old windows should be your best friend. They’re super affordable, like this one here I scored for just a few bucks at a yard sale. Plus they are pretty easy to find, at least around here. But here’s a word of advice–they will always be more expensive if you’re shopping at an antique or vintage shop. Your best chance of finding cheap windows is on Craigslist and yard sales. Most windows I come across range in price from $5 to $25 depending on the size. And that ain’t bad for such a charming, unique piece.

4 Ways to Decorate with Old Windows for an effortless farmhouse style look.

4. Symmetry for the Win

4 Ways to Decorate with Old Windows for an effortless farmhouse style look.

If you want to add symmetry to any space, start looking for a pair of old windows. Symmetry is calming and peaceful, right? I think so. Start by creating a focal point and frame around it. Adding these large windows to either side of my sign from Magnolia Market did just that. This could also work great in your living room on either wide of the sofa, or even on either side of your fireplace. Easy peasy.

4 Ways to Decorate with Old Windows for an effortless farmhouse style look.

So there’s just a few reasons why I love vintage windows and ways you can use them in your home. If you’re looking for more inspiration be sure to follow my “Old Window” Pinterest board for lots of awesome upcycle ideas. And be sure to track me down on Facebook and Instagram, I’d love to chat!

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  • Kellie
    June 22, 2016

    Love this post! You’ve inspired me to take pics of mine! ypi always nail it, my friend!!

    • Sarah
      > Kellie
      June 22, 2016

      Thank you my dear friend!

  • Gail
    June 22, 2016

    Loving this. I have 2 big frames to mess around with.. Thanks. Maybe a 4th of July window?

    • Sarah
      > Gail
      June 22, 2016

      Great idea Gail, go for it!

  • Rose Ann
    June 22, 2016

    I have one from my 1st home that I saved when I replaced my windows on my sun porch. I have it up in my apartment and I get more compliments on that window than any other decorations in my house!!! I hope I can find more, they used to be at the curb all the time in my old neighborhood!!!

    • Sarah
      > Rose Ann
      June 29, 2016

      That’s so awesome it’s from your first home Rose Ann! That always makes it more special. And you’re right, they are harder to find these days.

  • Susanne Stewart
    June 26, 2016

    I agree that old windows add instant character! They also require almost no work because they are wonderful in all of their chippiness 🙂 As always, your home is beautiful!!

    • Sarah
      > Susanne Stewart
      June 29, 2016

      Exactly! That “no work” party is my favorite. Thanks for stopping by Susanne!

  • Laura
    July 6, 2016

    Love windows!! Yours look amazing! I’m going to create a gallery wall on a hard to fill vaulted wall. How do you hang them? My husband is grumbling about the how to! Advice?

    • Sarah
      > Laura
      July 6, 2016

      Most times I find the stud on the wall and screw it directly into the wall. That’s the fastest and easiest way. Or you can find those little hangers and put them on the back, then hang it on screws or nails in the wall.

  • Jess
    July 10, 2016

    Beautiful! Do you happen to know the paint color used on the walls in example #2? Thank you!

    • Sarah
      > Jess
      July 10, 2016

      It’s Autumn Blonde by Sherwin Williams.

  • Gayle
    July 13, 2016

    I love your white comforter and am currently looking for one similar. Where did you get it?

  • Morgan
    July 13, 2016

    I love the chairs! Where are they from?

  • Jennifer
    August 21, 2016

    I have two old vertical windows to hang in our family room. What hardware do you recommend?

    • Sarah
      > Jennifer
      August 21, 2016

      I usually screw the windows directly into a stud in the wall. Just use a long screw that will go through the window and into the stud. That always works well for me and then they’re nice and secure.

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