If you have decided that your home needs an update of new windows, you are likely to end up with a lot of old ones that you do not know what to do with. Instead of simply throwing them out with the weekly household trash, you might want to consider making use of some of the following tips.

Chalkboard Gifts

This is great when you have some smaller windows that may have been removed from a hallway, bathroom, or attic, as they will be easier to work with and to wrap up and deliver as gifts. You will want to consider painting the frame work of the old windows. However, if the frames are made of wood, you may want to lightly sand them down first. Once the paint on the frame work has dried, you will want to thoroughly clean the glass. This is a crucial step because if there is any dirt left on the glass, the chalkboard paint may not adhere very well. After cleaning the glass, you will want to apply two coats of chalkboard paint. Make sure that you are allowing plenty of time for drying between the two coats of chalkboard paint.

Custom Table Top

You may already have an old end table that you would like to customize. You will want to make sure that you are cleaning the glass and painting the frame work before securing it in place. If you want to add a little more customization to it, you can paint some decorative designs on the side of the glass that will not touched by anyone once it is in place. Once everything has dried, simply attach the old residential window to the top of the table that you want to work with. You will need to use extra long industrial screws to go through the frame into the table. This will ensure that it does not fall off of the table, which would result in it breaking and possibly injuring someone. It is up to you whether you leave it as it or you attach a piece of plexiglass over the top of the old window. This will give you a completely flat surface and will protect the glass in the window from becoming shattered by someone setting a cup down too hard.

If you have multiple old residential windows to work with, you can make use of both of the previously mentioned ideas, along with any others that you may come up with. To learn more, try here.