30 July, 2010

Dumpster Diving -- Ideas for Old Windows

I drive Ted crazy with my obsessive dumpster diving, I admit that. But sometime I find really cool treasures. I've picked up antique mirrors, oak wood kitchen chairs, cast iron candlestick holders, and vintage bar glasses.

I've picked up some clunkers, too, including several dressers I meant to refinish, changed my mind about (i.e., never really got around to it), and quietly snuck back out to the alley with a "curb alert" notice on Craig's List. But at least they don't end up in a landfill.

A few months back, I saw a listing for old windows that someone removed during a remodeling project. I was in the middle of a stained glass art class, and with visions of all that wonderful, wavy old Chicago glass, I drove across the city and in the pouring rain loaded up the car with a dozen very large windows. Okay, I know it's more glass than I'll ever need for stained glass projects, but I couldn't bear them going into a landfill, either. Since then, I've been trying to figure out what to do with them.

While surfing CL today, I spotted a "free" listing for some more (don't worry, Ted, I have no plans of getting them). Accompanying the ad was this picture of how the seller has reused similar ones. He simply added a shelf for some geraniums and hung it on an exterior wall. I think I could do a similar effect for our garage, which has no side windows.

What do y'all think?


Jen said...

I too have some great old windows....salvaged, in the basement.

I like the "window box" idea.

modernemama said...

I love that window box!

Kate R said...

I've been wanting to do something like this inside my house for years. Maybe I need to visit my local Habitat ReStore.

Lady Quilter said...

Sounds great! Would look nice on that empty, outside garage wall.

Tracy Campbell said...

You can do a lot of fun and wonderful ideas for any old window. We also put some window boxes in our house in San Francisco last summer. I have this list of window projects:

*bed canopy (suspend it from the ceiling)
*cabinet doors
*living room table
*picture frame (very easy one)

Just be creative!