Old windows and doors

August 24th, 2009 in member junk     
Craftyladie Craftyladie, member
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I went to an auction Saturday and WOW, there were some really great old things. I picked up these 2 doors with great chippy paint and a whole lot of windows and at a great price. I was thinking about making a corner shelf out of the doors. I'm hoping all the windows don't create a problem. I'm sure my DBF can figure something out. We've made coffee tables out of the old windows but I was wondering what other ideas you talented ladies might come up with. I originally thought about building a mini greenhouse but I'm still pondering over that idea.

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Comments (22)

2poor2payRetail writes: I'm looking for two doors like this to hang on each side of an open walkway. My bedroom and master bath has no door between the space and I don't want to put a true door in because I'll lose the wall space for opening and closing. But if you hang a track above the top and put hinges on the top of each of your vintage doors, you essentially create an outside pocket door to slide at your convenience.You could have them pushed open on each side of the opening and only pull together when you want privacy.When they're against the wall,you have "art" on your wall, when pulled together over the opening,you have a closed off room. I hope I'm making it easy to understand but it's hard to describe here.Good luck! Posted: 3:45 pm on March 21st
pofolksdecorator1 writes: HI,
One day when I was going crazy with ideas, I had an old door, brought it in, wiped it down. It has a window on it so I put lace behind the window and leaned it against my guest room wall. I found a 7 inch picket fence and attached it right under the window. All my necklaces hang from it now. I stapled a vintage coffee cup wrapping pink ribbon around the handle and attached it also to hold my rings. I am frantically searching for my camera cord to download this totally original crazy door! I hung a window from the ceiling with plant hooks and ribbon to divide a room in half. I have also got red ginham ribbon and stapled vintage utensils bowed to it, I hung it on the wall over the kitchen table! Good luck! Annie Posted: 12:17 pm on January 17th
Craftyladie writes: What great ideas! I wish I had more doors now so I could make ALL of these things!
CarrieBear,there are a few broken windows in the doors, so I had thought of putting quilt pieces there no matter what I decided to make out of them. My original plan was to repurpose these 2 doors into something and sell it but now I think I'll have to figure out a place in my house to put these!
RustyDiva, my DBF chuckled when I told him what you wrote. He said he didn't think the world was ready for another one like him! So funny!
I'm so excited about getting started on these but we are getting ready to turn my attic space into a master suite. I hope we can get to these doors sometime soon!
Posted: 9:06 am on August 31st
khmcl59 writes: I would make a headboard for a bed with those. I love them! Posted: 3:16 pm on August 30th
charita45 writes: Another poster had a greenhouse made from old windows. It looked awesome. That's a thought. Posted: 1:33 pm on August 30th
candlesense writes: That would make one heck of a picture frame...I have a large wall and grandkids...lol...just add the pictures and proudly display...of course hubby would have to figure out just HOW to hang that puppy... Posted: 9:52 am on August 29th
Carriebear writes: You could also put fabric swatches in the windows. A little starch would hold them in place and then you could change them out if your decor changed. Or you could use fun scrapbooking paper or old wallpaper samples that match your decor. That would be less personal than photos, but still fun! Posted: 11:44 pm on August 28th
JunkArchitect writes:

I’d add some legs to the gigantic window and turn it into a king size headboard.


Posted: 5:47 pm on August 27th
RustyDiva writes: Ummmmmmmm ~ before you do anything ~ how bout cloning that DBF and sending him our way! :) I have a great one but a handy spare never hurts. LOL Posted: 2:58 pm on August 27th
shabbychick writes: What awesome windows you found - you've gotten lots of great ideas from everyone - I like the room divider idea - they could be hinged (taken apart easily or more added on if needed).

Whatever you decide to do - please share pics with us!

Take care, Kathy Posted: 10:46 am on August 27th
Craftyladie writes: Wow! You ladies have some great ideas! CottageElements, I love what you did with your doors. I've got a corner in my living room where the doors with the photo display would look great.
RustyDiva, I love the idea of the windows connected with crown molding surrounding them. If you make one, I'd love to see it.
Junkermidge, I also like your idea of a display case with the doors as front pieces.
Sounds like the vote is for photo displays. Right now, my DBF and I are just finishing up a 20 X 20 ft. storage building we built from the ground up. I've still got some painting to do but we're getting close. I'm not sure when we'll get to these doors because we have another huge project after this one!
Posted: 8:03 pm on August 26th
Humana writes: I agree with Sue...a room divider would be great....paint of your choice and of course put some design on the windows....you lucky thing...... Posted: 4:16 pm on August 26th
Humana writes: I agree with Sue...a room divider would be great....paint of your choice and of course put some design on the windows....you lucky thing...... Posted: 4:15 pm on August 26th
CottageElements writes: Some great idea's there. I say room divider with pictures! Two ideas in one! I did one for my son's graduation open house that I posted on JMS.


Be sure to post some completed pictures!

Lani Posted: 3:16 pm on August 26th
oldnews writes: OOHH, I could see it backlit on a wall behind a sofa. Great, great find!! Marie Posted: 11:20 pm on August 25th
wendygail2 writes: lucky lady! let us know what you decide, k?

gail Posted: 4:01 pm on August 25th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Haha RustyDiva! It's nice to see you are as friendly in person as you are around here. :)

Beautiful finds, craftyladie! I LOVE the french doors! I vote for room divider as well.
Candy Posted: 3:51 pm on August 25th
suewhitney writes: These doors are amazing. At first lush, I would use them as a room divider and go for an industrial look. Maybe on a barn roller track or a track that allows them to stack. Good luck!

Take care,
Sue Posted: 10:11 am on August 25th
RustyDiva writes: I was in a restaurant recently and they had a wall built of old windows. They connected them and then framed them out with old crown. Some of the panes were missing and as I stuck my hand through one just to make sure, a couple on the other side thought I was waving and waved back. I think I want to make one for my back patio. Congrats on the big score! Posted: 9:55 am on August 25th
fleadiva writes: I second the photo display- even cooler- scan photos onto transparent transfer paper, stick them on the glass panes and mount a light behind it- I'm doing this with very old family photos right now.

I'm looking for doors for a project and I'm JEALOUS! Great find! Posted: 10:57 pm on August 24th
junkermidge writes: Wow, what a great haul of old doors and windows. I've done the corner shelves and coffee table projects and they're great. But if I had a door that sweet, with all those awesome panes, I would make a MAJOR project. Either 1) A Dining room table. If you get a secondhand slider door from say Habitat, you get 2 big pieces of tempered glass for WAY cheaper than ordering. Then design the door/tabletop to fit. OR 2) Some sort of armoire/display case with either each as a side or a stationary front pieces to left and right with center open.
If you weren't up for a major project I would clean it up good and mount flat on the wall horiontally long as a photo display or hang from ceiling (photos optional) as a room divider. Sorry to be so long winded. I REEAALLY love old doors and those 2 are gorgeous! Good luck and have fun!
Midge Posted: 9:00 pm on August 24th
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