Make a Shelf From an Old Window

Today, I'm re-sharing an easy idea from a few years past. An old window I found on the side of the road got a makeover and took on a whole new life. 

This was probably one of easiest up-cycles I've ever done.

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For this project I began with an old solid window, wooden brackets, a board for the shelf, and my favorite paint. 

I gave the window a good cleaning but left the latch hardware on it to be used as a hook to hang a wreath. 

I measured the width of the window then cut a board for the shelf. 

I attached the board to the bottom of the window with wooden shelf brackets using wood glue and a nail gun.

There are many different shelf brackets available so you can choose one in the style you like best. 

shelf added to bottom of window

window and shelf painted white

I painted he entire window, shelf, back, and front with one of my favorite paints... Fusion Mineral Paint.

I chose white but any color that matches your decor will be beautiful, see all the colors in the charts below! 

fusion mineral paint in casement with a brush

Casement is perfect for most jobs that you want to paint a clean, fresh white. 

And it is quite appropriate for a window wouldn't you say?

finished window with a shelf

Two large D Rings are attached to the back so the window can be hung on the wall. 

You could also just sit this window on a surface, maybe even try it with a smaller window for tabletop decor. 

I use D ring hangers to hang most of my hanging projects and these come in a pack of 100 for cheap! 

And that's how easy it is to turn an old window into a great shelf! 

Here is another more rustic window I repurposed using the same technique a while back. 

You are going to love using Fusion Mineral paint, it comes in a variety of gorgeous colors and needs little prep work before painting.

The best part is that it really needs no sealer and if you would like to use one on high traffic areas they have several options. 

Window shelf with mason jar and clock

The colors are amazing and the coverage is complete in one or 2 coats.  

fusion color chart

I also love the metallics... the brushed steel is one of my favorites and was perfect making a galvanized steel look for this galvanized sign project or this beautiful metallic silver server.

fusion metallic colors

And now a whole batch of gorgeous new colors! 

fusion new colors 2021

Fusion Mineral Paint can be purchased at a store near you.

window shelf with overlay

Repurposed Window Shelf with overlay

More Fusion Mineral Paint Projects...

Lily Pond Dresser

Outdoor Furniture

Ugly Duckling Dresser

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Fusion Mineral Paint supplied my paint, all opinions are my own.

I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .