Decorating with Old Windows - Updated an old window with stain and hardware.



You may recall that a while back I was lucky enough to find some old windows at an estate sale. 😀 😀 😀 I knew one of them would be perfect hanging in our living room — it just needed a little tweaking first.


While this type of window would look great painted with milk paint (looking for some chipping like my first window project), I wanted a more formal look for this window. - Old window purchased from an estate sale.



 The first thing I did was order some brass pulls from D Lawless Hardware. [Polished Brass Cup Pull Label Holder – 3 1/4″ to be exact.] (Boy is that a mouthful!) The pulls come in other finishes, but the polished brass will tie in nicely with the fireplace and some of Hubby’s clocks that are in the front living room.

After a good cleaning, I stained the window frame with two coats of Varathane Stain + Poly in Kona. It looked good … really good … too good, in fact. I didn’t want to lose the fact that this is an old window, so I decided to give it a light distressing. - Staining my estate sale window frame.



 The hardware was delivered, and it looks perfect with the dark stain. The addition of the pulls are exactly what this window needed to take it up a notch.


Using old windows in your home decor /



In order to hang the window on the wall, we attached a couple eye hooks and braided gauge wire to the frame.  Super simple project!



Updating an old window with stain, cup pulls, and eye hooks and wire to hang /



Because it’s summer, I chose to hang three of  Winterthur’s TWELVE MONTHS OF FLOWERS  botanical prints in the panes of glass. The prints come from this pretty book I was given from one of my oldest friends way back in 1986!  Talk about a recycling project!  haha


Using an old window as a picture frame /



See how the dark stain and polished brass ties in with Hubby’s clocks and old framed maps? - Long case clock bought at auction in London, UK.

 - Map bought at auction in London, UK.




Antique clock purchased at auction and refurbished by
 - Updated window used to display prints -- photographs would also look great.



If you’re out and about hitting up some yard sales this weekend and are fortunate enough to see some old windows, BUY THEM!!  You won’t regret buying something that makes such a big statement for very little money.  I promise!  😉 - Updated window frame used to display prints.



Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Take care!  Cynthia


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29 Responses

  1. Looks great!

  2. Cynthia, I LOVE what you did with that old window! I love the summer botanical prints you put in the glass and the tags under them. It looks fantastic! I am now searching for an old window to recreate this:). Pinning! If you have a chance I would love for you to share this at my link party DCIL it opens tonight at 7 CST:).

    • Thank you, Tara! I’ve liked a lot of your recent projects, so I will most definitely stop by. 😀 The name is awesome … design, create, inspire, link — just perfect! Looking forward to being inspired!

  3. Very cool Cynthia. How did you adhere the prints to the glass?

    • Thank you, Grant! Very scientific method of Scotch tape! 😉 Seriously, that way I can swap out the prints or add photographs at any time! 😀

  4. Beautiful makeover! Love that old framed map, too!

    • Thank you, Audra, and would you believe that map is from 1666?! So much cooler in person 😀

  5. JaneEllen

    When we lived in KY (Bowling Green area) was so lucky to find a free source for old wood windows across from clinic I went to in Bowling Green. When we moved to western CO had to leave several of the old windows and some old wood doors I’d gotten. Killed me as no more source here. We live few miles west of Grand Junction, CO now and if I do find an old window it’s way over my budget. Was able to bring 3 windows with us, two are being used for displays of different kinds. I have an old window on my shutter shelf in living room I use almost constantly.
    Love your hubs clocks and how you upgraded your window. Lucky to have 3 pane window in such good shape. The botanicals are so pretty in it. Love old map in room also. The pulls and plackets you put on bottom of window are so gorgeous, great choice. I envy you that wonderful botanical book, what a fantastic source. Enjoy your new art for your wall. Good idea to use the braided heavier wire to hang the window.
    I was lucky to find a 3 foot square/12 pane window at my source not too long before we moved but had to leave it there. Hubs had to build a frame on wall to hang it on was so heavy. Really killed me to leave that. Happy summer

    • Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind words, JaneEllen. We’ve lived in the Seattle area for almost five years, and this is the first time I came across old windows, so you never know when they’ll show up. Or maybe you’ll find something even better?! Happy Summer to you too!!

  6. Wow! How beautiful! My parents gave me an old set of windows and they’ve just been sitting in my garage waiting to be loved. This will be a great project to recycle and reuse them! Thank you for sharing!

    • How lucky are you, Jessica?! Give them windows some loving! haha Thanks for your kind words!

  7. I love using old windows in my decor and this is so pretty. Love how you can change out your artwork to match go with the seasons. Would love it if you linked up to our DIY Wall Art Blog Hop at You can also add it on instagram with the #wallarthop. Thanks for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy

    • Thanks for stopping by, Cathy, and I’ll definitely check out your Hop….love to get new wall ideas ! 😀

  8. What a creative idea! You did a great job! Visiting from funkyjunk’s party site

  9. Cynthia-

    What a great way to use an old window! I love that you personalized it with the gift of a dear friend! Thank you for sharing at Dream. Create. Inspire. Link! I hope we’ll see you there again this week!


  10. Thanks for sharing on the DIY Wall Art Blog Hop! I am featuring your Repurposed Window art on a round up of some great, easy wall art from the blog hop.

    • Wow, thanks so much, Stephanie! I look forward to seeing all the features!

  11. I love it. It’s so funny but I actually just finished a window project that is almost similar to yours but with butterfly botanicals. I’ll be posting it next week.

    • I look forward to seeing it, Mary! Window projects are the best …. quick and easy, but so much impact!

  12. Love it!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  13. Just beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing over at Celebrate it Sunday!

    • Thank you, Chloe. I’ve definitely had a long love affair with old windows! Just picked up a couple more this weekend ;). Thanks for hosting and stopping by! Cynthia

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