Beginning With 25 Antique Windows

So as I finish up a cute little secretary desk, I thought it would be fun to take a trip down memory lane while I wait for paint to dry…

Before there was The Rustic Pig, a blog, or even painted furniture, there were windows.

Twenty-five windows to be exact.

Antique Windows

Twenty-five large, dusty, dingy, antique windows.

I had no idea what I was going to do with them when I bought them.  Not a clue.

After a week of walking around them in the garage, I decided I would grab one and get creative.  In my mind, I wanted these windows to be something you could use in your home.  A piece of art, but usable too.

I thought it would be fun to share these 25 windows with you today.  They are old posts, but still around, in the back of my blog somewhere, just hoping you will stop by and read a few.  Each post is a tutorial on how I made that particular window, so if you see one you love, just click on the window # and it will take you there!

I had fun going through these windows.  I hope you enjoy them too!

25 Creative Uses for Antique Windows

Window #1 was just a simple burlap-backed window that I turned into a dry erase board.

Antique Window Turned Message Board with Burlap

Window #2 I decided to paint the back.  Although it wasn’t my favorite, I learned a lot.

Things like, if you’re going to paint a window white, you need to paint several coats.

Antique Window Message Board Dry Erase

Window #3 I tried my hand at chalk paint.

Antique Window Chalkboard w/Pictures


(This one broke in my car on the way to the shop last week.  I was so sad!)

Window #4 I started to get a little more creative.  This time I used tape and two different paint colors to create a weekly calendar window.

Antique Window Message Center Dry Erase Calendar


Window #5 was a complete disaster from start to finish.  You’ll have to read that one to find out why…

Antique Window Dry Erase Calendar


Window #6.. yuck… still don’t like it…

Antique Window Dry Erase Calendar Idea

Window #7 was my attempt at another weekly calendar window but with a side space to make a list.

Antique Window Dry Erase Weekly Calendar Idea


Window #8 was a combo chalkboard and dry erase.  It sold at my first show!

Antique Window with Chalkboard and Dry Erase


Window #9 was totally different.  It involved chicken wire and a staple gun, but it was so fun to make!

Antique Window with Chicken Wire Picture Holder


Window #10 was a tad bit funky.  I was really trying to create something new and different from what I’d already made, and this is was the end result…

Antique Window with Rustic Calendar


Window #11 & 12 I did in one day.  I had my first show coming up and so I wanted to get as many done as possible.

Antique Window with Calendar and Chalkboard

Antique Window Dry Erase Board for Girl's Room

Window #13 was fun and totally different from the others I had previously done.

Antique Window with Chevron Print Dry Erase

Window #14 was just sweet.  I thought it would be perfect for a little girl’s room, but a sweet woman at one of my shows loved the saying so much she bought it for her master bedroom.

Antique Window with Bible Verse

Again, my show was just days away, so I laid out four windows and got busy!  Here are windows #15, 16, 17, & 18

Antique Window with Burlap Dry Erase

Antique Window with Ribbon Dry Erase

Antique Window with Twine Picture Holder

Antique Window with Owl Mod Podge and Paint Dry Erase


Window #19 is one of my favorites.

Empty Antique Window with Wreath


Window #20 & 21 I began to get the itch to paint.  I had just attended a baby shower where we went to a painting class, and I was so excited to try out some of what I learned on my windows.

Antique Window Chalkboard with Little Blue Bird and Garland

Antique Window Chalkboard Countdown to Halloween


Window #23 & 24…

Antique Window for Fall Chalkboard

Antique Window Chalkboard with Owl and Garland


Window #25…What a journey those 25 windows were.  Several have sold, and only a few remain, but this window is hung in our house.

A reminder of the beginning.

Antique Window with Painted Saying for Bathroom


If you are still here, at the end of this post, congratulations!  I’m pretty sure you just made it through the longest post ever!!!

Did you notice?

There were only 24 windows?

Not sure what happened, but along my window journey I left out window #22.  Hmmm… maybe I need to go work on that one!

Do you have a favorite window??




My name is Claire and I am behind the blog... The Rustic Pig. I am a wife, a mother to 2 boys, and I just might be addicted to Craigslist. I love to buy antiques, paint them, and give them a chance to be loved again! Please feel free to pull up a chair and stay for a while. If you ask a question or leave a comment, I will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible!


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  1. Claire…you are so incredible. Most people couldn’t think of more than one super creative way to use a window and you came up with 25 very unique ideas. WOW! I’m impressed. 😉 Megan

  2. Wow!!! Now that was a lot of windows. I have inherited a few myself. About 14 or so… I have a few around the home, but still need to come up with something to do with the others. Mine have panes though 🙁 , tiny ones at that. You have given me a lot to consider . Thanks for the inspiration Claire.
    Cheers, Gee

  3. Love all of your ideas! Very creative! I love #25! I’m a teacher so I can relate all too well to the germ part. 🙂

  4. Such great ideas, I love the dry erase boards. The last one is my favourite, I have never seen that saying before, but it’s so cute.

  5. Hi Claire,I said i would be back lol and here i am. I really like the windows i think my favorite is no#8.What is Dry Erase? and what do you use to wright on it? Are you painting on the wrong sideof the window? I just did my first chalk board Sat. I used a frame i had and i am very happy with it now i want to do a old window. thanks,Peggy

  6. Eeeeeeeep! (brand new reader here)
    I just acquired 15 old windows, I have been looking for different ideas on how to use them. I was actually only looking for 2 or 3 windows for myself at the time, but this super-dooper nice man offered all 15 for the price that most people around here are charging for just one!
    I love the dry erase board idea..the monthly calendar looks like it would be out of my realm of crafty capability but maybe I will give it a shot. If I totally bomb at it, I have 14 more!
    Thank you for the inspiration, you are my ultimate hero now 🙂

  7. some great ideas here!! love the blog!! now I just need to find some cheap old windows somewhere to get started!! all the best, june

  8. Hi! live the blog! some great ideas here!! now I just need to find some cheap old windows somewhere….thanks for the inspiration…if I get around to doing this I’ll be sure to credit your blog on mine!! xxxjune
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  9. With a name like The Rustic Pig, I’m just wondering where the pigs are. Love your work!

  10. Where did you purchase your cute ??decals?? for the windows? Love the ideas! Thank you so much.

  11. LOVE IT!!
    I’ve now lost both my parents, so we live in their home. It’s a small ranch.
    Anyway, there’s a LOT of old windows out in the barn. I’ve been wanting to do something with them for a while, I just dint know what.
    So I’d just like to say Thank you!
    THANK YOU got re-playing this. It totally inspired me.
    Have a great evening

  12. Laura Fitzgerald says:

    Love what you did but how do you hang them on a wall? Wire?

    • Hi Laura, It’s probably too late to answer your question, but we actually used picture hangers on the back. We tried wire at first, but since the paint was on the back, and it was glass, we needed the nails to be away from the glass. I hope that makes sense! 🙂

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