DESIGN

The Beauty Of Vintage Farmhouse Windows

July 16, 2015 | STORY BY JENN SCHLEICH

How To Use Reclaimed Windows In Vintage Home Decor

Susan from Must Love Junk created this vintage backdrop
from an old window frame, chicken wire and a clock face.

 

Reclaimed farmhouse wooden windows with their peeling paint, rough edges, uneven textures and overall weathered appearance are beautiful and versatile items to incorporate into your vintage home décor. In fact, not only do vintage windows make great additions to a farmhouse or country-chic décor theme, you can successfully integrate them into an eclectic contemporary space or an industrial-rustic loft (check out the slide show for evidence).

Farmhouse windows are one of the easiest and least expensive vintage pieces to find at flea markets or on Internet swap and sell groups, making them great options for DIY projects. In fact, take a drive around the countryside and you might even find a window you can rescue from some farmer’s firewood pile. You can use a vintage window in numerous ways – your imagination is the limit – but you might want to consider making a picture frame, memo board, coffee table, bathtub tray, decorative backdrop, headboard, bookcase or room divider. If you aren’t the crafty type, that’s okay because the list of entrepreneurs building amazing products from vintage windows is just as enumerable.

Don't despair if your salvaged window has a damaged pane of glass. Most hardware stores can cut you a custom piece of glass designed to fit any space. You can also go in a completely different direction and remove the remaining panes of glass for an open look that accentuates the vintage wood frame, or back the window with chicken wire to round out the country farmhouse look. If you can't find yourself an authentic vintage window, you can always manually distress a newer wood window to replicate a vintage look.

Check out these inspiring uses for reclaimed windows:

 

 

 

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