Upcycled Window Cabinet

Lindsay from My Creative Days salvaged her grandfather’s old windows and upcycled them into this gorgeous cabinet with a coat of Simplicity!

Like I have said many times before, I get so excited to come across old windows, doors, wood, etc. This old window project is extra special for me. My grandfather passed away last month and we are now in the process of fixing up his house to sell it. We are replacing the front windows on the house so the old ones were taken down. I grabbed them quickly before they were thrown out.
I had a plan for these beauties. Together, they look like doors to a cabinet to me. Don’t you agree?
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Of course, none of these projects are possible without Hubby. I talked to him about making my cabinet idea. We started brainstorming, made some plans and got to work.
Thank goodness for our “extra wood piles”. We were able to make this cabinet without having to buy a bunch of new material.
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To start making this cabinet, Hubby measured the windows to come up with the size of it. He cut plywood to make the outer “shell” of the cabinet (two sides, the top piece and the bottom piece).
Upcycled window cabinet #DIY #paintedfurniture #upcycle - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog
So I don’t bore you with all the tiny details, I am going to just go through some of the progress photos.
This shows the basic “outer shell” of the cabinet (looking from the bottom).
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These “triangles” add extra support.
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When we got to the point of putting the windows on the front, I started getting really excited. Even though it didn’t have a back or shelves, it was already looking exactly how I had pictured.
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Here is an inside view.
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For the back of the cabinet, we used a thin piece of plywood.
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Now, it is time to add shelves.
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After we put the shelves in, we added some trim pieces to help finish them off.
Upcycled window cabinet #DIY #paintedfurniture #upcycle - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog
Upcycled window cabinet #DIY #paintedfurniture #upcycle - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog
I was so happy that we were able to reuse the hinges that were on the original windows.
Upcycled window cabinet #DIY #paintedfurniture #upcycle - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog
You all know that I have a small obsession with old door knobs. 😉 We had a pair of small knobs that were the perfect size for the front of the cabinet.
Upcycled window cabinet #DIY #paintedfurniture #upcycle - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog
Upcycled window cabinet #DIY #paintedfurniture #upcycle - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog
I painted the entire piece with “Simplicity” from Country Chic Paint. I love the crisp white color. I really wanted to capture some of the original, rustic charm the windows had when I brought them home so I roughed up the edges with sand paper.
Upcycled window cabinet #DIY #paintedfurniture #upcycle - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog
After I got the entire cabinet sanded and looking “roughed up”, a new idea came to me. I wanted to add some flair to the back of the cabinet.
Upcycled window cabinet #DIY #paintedfurniture #upcycle - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog
I added stone paper on the back of the cabinet. I LOVE IT!
Upcycled window cabinet #DIY #paintedfurniture #upcycle - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog
This upcylced window cabinet is gorgeous. We were able to take some old windows that would have gone to the dump and make them into a beautiful, functional piece of furniture. I was planning on using this cabinet for blankets, but now I might want to put some other, “less bulky” things in it to show off the back. 🙂

Country Chic's 2014 Blog Squad member: Lindsay

Lindsay {My Creative Days}

Hello! My name is Lindsay. I am mom to Landen and Gabrielle, wife to Matt and blogger at www.mycreativedays.com. I love to be creative in my day, my home and with my kids. I am obsessed with old wood, rusty treasures and everything in between. Finding frugal and creative ways to decorate our home, create a fabulous craft or do an activity with the kids is a passion of mine.

Make sure to follow Lindsay on her blog My Creative Days, as well as on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Google+, Hometalk and Instagram!

Jan Korteland

Jan Korteland

6 thoughts on “Upcycled Window Cabinet

  1. Found you from Hometalk. You’re there, but not from your own site.

    Anyway, great tutorial. I plan to make a similar cabinet with two glass doors from my sister’s kitchen. I had it in my head, but here you’ve put it into writing for me!

    Lovely job.

  2. Fab, I gave a few pairs of window frames, partially stripped and with “cremones” ( we are in France) and wanting to make at least one cabinet.thanks fir the fantastic instructions and pics

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