So many uses for old wood window sashes

Lately, we have been trying to clean up our yard and do a little spring/summer cleaning. Like many cleaning projects go, we have uncovered some products we completely forgot we had. One of my favorite new finds is our wood window sashes (for pictures and prices click here). While these wood windows are not operable as windows, they can be turned into windows or short doors by attaching hinges. Dan Drllevich, one of the owners of the Millwork Outlet, built a one of a kind playhouse for his daughter using the old window sashes for all the windows and doors. If you are interested in learning about how he installed these, he would be happy to give you some tips when you come in to our Maple Valley store. In addition to using these sashes as windows and doors there are a ton of different ways people have repurposed these window sashes. At only $25 a sash you could make each one of these projects and still have money left to burn!

 So many uses for old wood window sashes

I LOVE this table because it is so easy to make! Attach some legs to your favorite window sash and voilà you have a coffee table.  We have about 30 wood window sashes that are very close to this size and have internal grids. The internal grids add an extra element of design and allows the table to be one continuous piece of glass versus having a true divided lite sash where the wood moulding would divide your table into smaller pieces of glass, which would require more finesse when setting down your coffee cup and saucer.

 So many uses for old wood window sashes

Nothing says french cottage kitchen better than this pot and pan hanger. I can just picture a longer version of this hanging over a kitchen island with a faux peeling paint job. Very vintage and very cool! Again, this would be super easy and I have a couple of pieces in our yard that would work great in this application. In this project having a true divided lite sash is critical as it provides a place to attach the hooks.

 So many uses for old wood window sashes

This designer is using a window sash as a visual barrier between a patio and garden which is a cool idea. But, how much cooler would it be if hinges were attached and it was used as a garden gate? Using a window as a garden gate is great because it provides an obvious transition point while still allowing visitors to admire the beauty on the other side of the gate. Rather than dividing a garden into tiny sections it opens up the garden while still providing the feel of a gate. I would love to see an example of a window sash used as an operable garden gate!

 So many uses for old wood window sashes

It really doesn’t get any easier than this! This is a true divided window sash that has been hung on the wall as a decoration and is usable to boot! Installation is as easy as hanging a picture frame.

 So many uses for old wood window sashes

This project is probably my favorite because it combines the wood window sashes with one of my all time favorite materials- barn wood. I am a firm believer that it doesn’t matter what you build with barn wood it will always look great. What I love most about barn wood is the imperfection. While this project is definitely more advanced than the wall hanger, it is a pretty simple and super affordable way to make a unique cabinet. I think my Nanny’s canned golden peaches would really complete this picture!

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