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Window Pane Decor {How to Use Old Window Frames}

You can find old window frames at garage sales or flea markets!Love the rustic farmhouse look? These DIY vintage inspired window pane decor is an easy way to get your fix!

Vintage window panes are a great way to get that rustic farmhouse, touch-of-modern, Fixer Upper look that everyone is after these days. True vintage window panes, though, can cost a pretty penny.

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When I saw these window pane mirrors at Ballard Designs the other day, my mind immediately went to these window panes that had been sitting in my garage for, wait for it, seven years…

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I knew that with a little bit of paint and some sanding, I could get that vintage look for well under the $150 Ballard is asking. I started by applying 4 coats of Dover White, from the HGTV Home line by Sherwin Williams. I then took a sanding sponge and lightly distressed the corners of each pane.

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My husband secured the glass to each wooden panel, added a heavy-duty hook to the back of each pane, and used screws to attach them to the walls (they are heavy enough that a nail wouldn’t do.)

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Here’s a picture of the wall “before”…you can see more images of our living room in this post.

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Eventually we may have custom mirrors cut to fit each of the panes…but for now, I’m thrilled with them as they are. For a bit of texture and interest, I added a preserved boxwood wreath I found at Home Goods.

This wreath is one of my favorite Home Goods finds, and it was only about $25, which is a great price for a nice-sized boxwood wreath. You can find another inexpensive wreath option here. If you have a little more to spend, here’s a gorgeous boxwood wreath option!

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 Love wreaths? Check out this sneak peak of our felt wreath tutorial video we made over the weekend! If you’ve ever wanted to know how to make a wreath, this is a great place to start!

Looking for more home decor inspiration? Check out these posts!

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This post shares some Pallet Projects to DIY for Your Home!

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And here, we share easy ways to decorate above kitchen cabinets!


Thanks for reading all about our Window Pane Decor {How to Use Old Window Frames}! Have a lovely day!


Friday 29th of June 2018

Where did you get the blue buffet/server?


Tuesday 10th of July 2018

It's from Ballard Designs!

Page Gray Reid

Tuesday 16th of January 2018

where did the glass panes come from or how did you make them?

Shelly Allen

Thursday 30th of July 2020

Yes, where did you get the glass?


Tuesday 16th of January 2018

Very nice, but you didn't mention where you got the wooden frames?


Tuesday 16th of January 2018

These wooden panes were gifted to me, but, as I mention in the post, you can find them at garage sales or flea markets. Thanks!

Carol Luciano

Tuesday 16th of January 2018

Just amazing ! So creative. Thank you for sharing.


Monday 11th of April 2016

Beautiful! How did you attach your boxwood wreath to the window?


Monday 11th of April 2016

Thank you! I used a heavy duty command hook that I attached to the glass.