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How To Recycle Old Windows

Do you have old windows laying around like I do and can’t decide what to do with them all! You will be glad you stopped by today because I am going to show you how to use furniture transfers to recycle old windows!

Living on the farm has many perks as well as many challenges. When the new calves need to be feed that means we do not sleep as much. To me, that is a challenge. I love my sleep! The perk of living on a farm is seeing God’s beauty all around me every day as well as being married to the farmer. Another great perk is all the “old” things we have laying around for that “just in case we need it” a moment to happen!

However, I am thankful for those items because I found the perfect thing from a pile in the barn that I can not wait to craft with you. I am going to teach you how to repurpose an old window.

Repurposing Old Windows with Furniture Transfers

How to Recycle Old Windows for Art

This is going to blow your mind. You can turn an old window into a beautifully hung portrait. The old wood on the glass window makes for the perfect frame for a beautiful furniture transfer. I just love the natural wood around the edges or you can even paint them the color of your choice. Unfortunately, the white barn transfer has very limited stock but you can find some great vintage portraits or even some nautical lighthouses to use!

Old window against wall before using furniture transfers to recycle old window

I found the transfer I truly LOVED. We live on a farm in a farmhouse with a barn so very fitting. The possibilities are endless when using furniture transfers to recycle old windows. You too can do this with the ones you have laying around your home or you find thrifting.

Supplies Needed to Repurpose an Old Window:

Steps:

  1. Clean the window very well with some window cleaner and a paper towel.
  2. Roll out your transfer and cut to appropriate size as well as omitting anything in the print you do not want to use. This one came in three separate pieces.
  3. Start from the bottom with the first piece. Line up the bottom and confirm that it fits the space you are trying to fill. Trim off off any edges on all sides that need a quick trim.
  4. Take the backing off the transfer slowly.
  5. Press down firmly and use a squeezy to remove any bubbles.
  6. Once pressed down and secure then pull off the top clear protective layer. Do this slowly and as you pull keep rubbing down the transfer as you pull the clear layer off.
  7. Repeat the same steps to apply the next two sections.

Where to get old windows?

If you do not live on a farm like me and are not blessed with tons of old farmhouse windows then you will likely find tons of windows at the following places:

  • Antique Stores
  • Thrift Stores
  • Landfills
  • Dumps
  • Construction sites (but please ask before taking!)

Ways to recycle old windows

I just shared with you one amazing way to recycle old windows but the possibilities are endless. Here are a few of my favorite ways I have seen others decorate:

  • Use it as a large photo frame or like a collage frame
  • Add scrapbook paper to the back and use a decorative decor propped on a table.
  • Set it in the garden and let vines grown around it.
  • If my daugther was still small it would make the perfect bow holder with added wire.
  • Add hooks to the wood fram for a coat hanger for an entryway

There is so much you can do with an old window to add some flair and decor to your home. Remember to just be creative and do not be scared to try something new.

How to Repurpose an Old Window

How To Recycle Old Windows

Using furniture transfer turn an old barn window into a beautiful piece of art. Hang this recycled old window in your home for some added flair and decor.

Materials

  • Old Window
  • Furniture Transfer
  • Squeegee
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Clean the window very well with some window cleaner and a paper towel.
  2. Roll out your transfer and cut to the appropriate size as well as omit anything in the print you do not want to use. This one came in three separate pieces.
  3. Start from the bottom with the first piece. Line up the bottom and confirm that it fits the space you are trying to fill. Trim off off any edges on all sides that need a quick trim.
  4. Take the backing off the transfer slowly.
  5. Press down firmly and use a squeezy to remove any bubbles.
  6. Once pressed down and secure then pull off the top clear protective layer. Do this slowly and as you pull keep rubbing down the transfer as you pull the clear layer off.
  7. Now you are going to repeat this process for the next two pieces of the barn transfer

Just pin this How To Recycle Old Windows tutorial below to find the instructions later!

Repurpose Old Windows with Furniture Transfers

One Comment

  • Brenda Tanzillo

    It says to see below how you put the transfer on the window. I don’t see where to go. I’ve wanted to do this, I use transfers on furniture but I don’t know how to get the transfer to show through the window the right way …if you know what I mean.

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