I admit, I have a small obsession with old, chippy windows. They’re just so versatile and irresistible! With a little creativity and TLC, you can transform these suckers into anything your mind can conjure…

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<p>Message Board in Salvaged Distressed Window by MoxieHomeShop<br /><br />

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I have quite a few old windows sitting around my house as we speak, most still needing that extra TLC, but I have managed to put my handiwork on a few of them…

Small Window Unfinished

This little guy, for example, was found at my local Habitat store, an excellent source for windows, doors, and shutters on the cheap! It was a little less chippy than I would ideally go for, but the shape, size, and price caught my eye, and I was certain I could put it to good use.

It took a bit of scrubbing and sanding to get it good and clean (*it’s actually quite important to remove the loose paint on old windows and other architectural pieces, particularly if you have children, as this paint could be lead-based. And make sure you wear a mask while doing it!) but once I got it to my liking, I pulled out my Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and went to work.

I painted the base in Paris Grey and then dry-brushed with Old White – these are actually my 2 favorite base colors to use because they are so adaptable to the other colors! The piece was then sealed with Minwax wax in Natural and left to cure for the day.

Window Shelf Partial

This is a picture of the base coat, pre dry-brushing and waxing.

The following day, I nagged asked my husband to break out his circular saw (which, as quite a klutz, I am too afraid to use) to cut to size an old, weathered board that had been stashed behind the shed by the previous owners of the home….yep, there was a goldmine of old, weathered boards that I had discovered shortly after moving in, and it makes me even more certain that this home and I were meant to be!

And with a handful of screws and a few small hooks, the piece was complete:

Window Shelf Complete

Dubl Washboard Styled

What do you think? Here are a few more of my window creations….

Reclaimed Window to Mirror Profile

Window mirrors!

Reclaimed Chalkbaord Styled

Window chalkboard!

Window Profile

Window holiday décor!

So what are you waiting for? Get out there, get yourself a window, and get creative!