Wooden sash windows go back to the 17th century, although most that are around today date back to Edwardian, Victorian or Georgian times. They are beautiful to look at and, to be honest, there aren’t many modern-day replacement windows that do justice to the visual appeal of period buildings.
Still, we live in modern times where energy efficiency is everything and heating cost are going through the roof. Wood being a living (and dying) material, there comes a time when even the most skilled craftsman can no longer perform miracles. So it’s time to say goodbye.
But just because your original sash window is no longer be fit for purpose, that’s no reason to throw it away! Here are some quirky ideas on how you could recycle your beautiful old sash windows.
- Mirror: Replace the glass with mirror panes to turn an old window pane into a shabby chic mirror, perfect to add character to an entrance hall. You could use mirror spray paint to achieve a quicker result.
- Multi-Picture Frame: Use the sash window unchanged to display your favourite photos or artwork. Simply fix pictures from behind the glass and hang the frame.
- Cold Frame: If you’re into growing your own veg from seed, or need winter protection for your tender seedlings, why not build yourself a cold frame. All you need is a timber or brick ‘box’, then use the old window frame as a lid.
- Greenhouse: If you have several sash windows to spare, how about constructing a quirky greenhouse, perhaps incorporating the odd wooden pallet or two?
- Chalkboard: Use blackboard paint on glass (replacing broken panes chipboard) to transform you old sash window into a handy chalkboard, perhaps as a kitchen noticeboard or in a child’s bedroom.
- Art: Get creative and turn the whole window into a work of art! Use paint, fabric or any media you can think of, and add pictures and words to produce something quite unique.
- Memo Board: Cut out cork squares for each individual windowpane, then fix them to the glass and hang up. Use drawing pins to secure notes, memos, mementoes and anything else you can think of.
Article provided by Mike James, an independent content writer working together with Sussex-based specialist Sash Window Experts, who were consulted over the information in this post.