Portals to the Past
Mine flea markets, salvage yards, and even local streets on trash night for cast-off windows and doors to use as decor. “I like to knock out the glass in the old windows because it makes them lighter and easier to hang and work with,” Dawn says. “They’re also safer around kids.” Read on for more of Dawn’s savvy salvage ideas:
Employ a weathered window or door as a background for a decorative item or collectible. For example, layer a new oversize star over a vintage window to make it stand out.
Mount a smaller leaded-glass window over otherwise plain double-hung windows to add pattern in lieu of a valance.
Hang a smaller cabinet door or any piece with an unusual pattern on the wall and elevate it from utilitarian to artistic.
Lighten a darker brick surface with a salvaged window, as Dawn did over her great room fireplace, where the window also serves as a backdrop for seasonal wreaths or other decor.
Once painted a pale blue, the Andersons’ 1908 farmhouse now sports a deeper blue paint and new gardens.