Por­tals to the Past

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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.

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