Repost: 21 Ways to Reuse Old Window Frame Sashes

REPOST: Since this older blog post of ours was such a favorite, we decided to repost it just in time for spring! Enjoy!

We love to reuse old items, especially ones that have so much life left in them after they have been done serving their original purpose. Below is a list of 21 ways to reuse old window frame sashes. 

Comment below if you have a new way to reuse these great salvage items.

1. Picture Frame: Hang as is and add several pictures or just one

2. Room Divider: Group several together and add fabric

3. Coffee or Side Table: Add 4 post legs, paint or leave glass clear

4. Headboard: Use one or two and hang above your bed

5. Mirror: Take the glass out & add mirror (your local glass co. can do it for around $40)

6. Garden Fence: Add several around the boarder of your garden

7. Green House: Make walls & roof using hinges for a winter garden (google for instructions)

8. Wedding Seating Charts: Use liquid pen to write names & numbers on the glass

9. Chicken Solarium: Yup, we said chickens. One of our customers used dozens to warm her flock

10. Chalkboard: Paint over the glass with chalkboard paint

11. Artwork: Add fabric, pictures, words or just about anything for an inspired look

12. Porch Sun Blocker: Hang (where the sun pokes through) & drape with sunbrella fabric.

13. Memo Board: Add cork squares and  VIOLA

14. Seed Starter: Make a seedling starter box buy laying window frames over your garden frames

15. Jewelry Organizer: Add hooks to the top treads of each pane

16. Room Enlarger: Add window frames to either side of furniture to make the walls look wider

17. Hat or Key Rack: Add hooks along the bottom & hang near the door - looks great with mirror in it too.

18. Decorative Wall Display: Add anything at all or go simple with a wreath like above.

19. Shadow Box or Display Shelf: Make a frame; add window with hinge for displaying items safely under the glass or leave open and use as a display shelf

20. Herb Green House: Google for How-To Instructions

21. Window: Last but not least use as a replacement window

Although you can find old window frames curb side (which we recommend to keep these beauties from going into landfills), but you have trouble finding them and NEED to start your window frame project right away - we usually have a good stock in the store. Check out the Architectural Page of the site to see what we currently have, email, call or stop by.


  1. I have used box sash windows in my home and it is working great. I am happy with it.

  2. Love this site, I've been in the glass repair buisness for the past 35yr. & have collected about 30 six over six sashes,you given me some great ideas. Thank you, Tod


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