Using an old window frame is a simple and inexpensive way to create a home decor project that is unique to your taste and customised for your home. Start by finding an old window frame, preferably wooden.
Finding old window frames is easier than you may first imagine. One may come from your own home when you replace older windows, you can look for them on the roadside being thrown away, or they are sold second-hand at places like auctions, flea markets, antique shops, etc.
Finishes on the frame can be anything you want. If you want to preserve the old wood by keeping it natural without a finish, simply put a sealant coat on the wood. The window could be stripped of its old finish and stained, painted, or given a faux finish for a crackled or speckled look.
If you wish to have glass in your frame, the old glass can be kept and cleaned if it is in good condition or you can also have new glass cut at your local hardware store.
For some of these projects, use a thin piece of plywood as backing and support for the frame and the material you use with it.
Large window frames without any panes can be turned into picture frames for a large picture or piece of artwork. Unless you're lucky to find a frame that perfectly fits your picture, have a photo mat cut at your local craft store. Mats can be customised to fit any size opening and fit any size picture.
Multi-paned window frames are great for displaying multiple pictures or you can take an artistic approach by breaking up one piece into the different panes.
Finish the frame and hang it as its own piece of artwork. Play up the finish to highlight the wood and trim of the old frame. Include the old window latch if that's still attached. Clean up the hardware and show off the craftsmanship that went into so many old windows.
Build a table and use the window frame as the top. The size of the window frame will determine the type of table. A larger one makes a great coffee table while a smaller window frame could be used for a side table. The window frame could serve as the top of a box-like structure on the table with a display and storage area inside or as a single table top with a shelf or nothing below.
Turn your old window frame into a mirror. Remove all of the glass and after the frame is finished have a mirror cut to fit it at your local hardware store. A many-paned window gives this mirror a lot of character.
As an addition to the mirror, attach hooks to the frame to use it in an entryway or mudroom. Now it provides functionality with a place to hold coats, hats and scarves.
Make your own message board. This can vary from a cork board to a chalk board or a fabric board. Panes in a multi-paned window frame can act as dividers for days of the week, months, members of your house, etc.