Recycling Old Wood Doors and Windows for Outdoor Home Decorating

Recycling old wood doors and windows is a great Eco friendly project that can create wonderful items for outdoor home decorating. Innovation, Green ideas and creativity can go a long way helping reuse and recycle salvaged wood doors and windows for new, original and interesting items.

Carey Building collection of recycling ideas demonstrate how you can turn your old wood doors and windows into garden decorations and create Eco friendly, unique, made of salvaged wood and glass backyard designs. These Green ideas are inspiring, attractive, decorative and simple, perfect for DIY outdoor home decorating and garden design projects.

Old, tired-looking wood doors and windows can be transformed into new table tops, bed headboards, stylish room dividers and fashionable decorative screens that add depth to modern interior design, but outdoor home decor created recycling salvaged wood and glass looks truly amazing.

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Outdoor home decor ideas recycling wood doors and windows


Salvaged wood and glass combination is spectacular. Old wood doors and windows bring beautiful texture and attractive brown, color shades, mixed with gray color tones which enhance the natural feel of outdoor home decor.

Recycling salvaged wood doors and windows can give a stylish appearance to outdoor home decor in vintage style and attractively accentuate Eco friendly contemporary home decor ideas.

The size and number of old wood doors and windows can define items that can be made with salvaged wood and glass. These outdoor home decorations can be painted in colors to match the rest of your home design and backyard decorating and decorated in creative ways that reflect your own individual taste.

Recycling old wood windows and doors for modern interior design

Salvaged wood and glass are great materials for Green buildings, garden sheds and greenhouse designs. Recycling old wood doors and windows for decorative screens, fence and decorations offer a nice alternative to personalize your outdoor home decor on a dime.

Salvaged wood can be sanded to smooth out the rough edges, and then stained in dark or light shades that compliment glass parts and create truly beautiful and unique outdoor home decorations. A finishing with protective coating is a good way of increasing its resilience and protection from damage while preserving its natural look.


How to Repair Old Windows

One of the advantages of having old windows in your house is that for most problems, a simple repair job is all that you need. They are designed in such a way that repairs can be done piecemeal, unlike some modern replacement windows that would require either to be sent back to the factory for repair or replaced altogether.window_work

Just because your old window may be cracked or the glazing (putty) has fallen out in places, doesn’t mean all is lost. You can do such repairs in just a few hours and for a few dollars, rather than replacing the entire window.

Below we’ll discuss how to replace the pane of glass, as well as the glazing around it:

First off, if you’ll be removing broken glass, be sure to wear heavy duty work clothes and goggles to protect your hands and eyes. Attempt to wiggle free any broken glass, though you may have to remove the rest of the glazing to do so. For that, use a putty knife along the area where the glazing meets the wood, as it tends to break free easier at that point compared to where it meets the glass. Be careful not to gouge the wood frame. If the putty is resistant, you may need to tap it gently with a chisel. When you encounter a metal push point (they are used about every six or 8 inches to hold the glass in place) you need to pry them out with a pair of needle nose pliers. Once the putty and push points are removed, any remaining glass should be able to come out. If you’re just re-glazing and the glass won’t be removed, leave the push points in.Fotolia_29968147_Subscription_Monthly_XL-e1359872423679

Next, sand smooth any exposed wood. Thoroughly dust the area and apply a coat of wood primer (oil or water-based is fine) to the bare wood. This will provide good adhesion for the glazing compound.

At this point, prior to placing the pane of glass in (if needed), first apply a 1/8 inch bead of putty along the surface where the glass will be seated. This will provide a good seal and keep out moisture. Place the piece of glass onto the prepared area and press carefully down onto the bead of glazing compound. Once evenly seated, place push points about 2 inches from each corner (both sides) and every 6 to 8 inches in between.

Once the points are in place, you can begin to apply the outer layer of glazing. You’ll notice it’s pretty stiff right out of the container, so for best results, you should knead it for a few minutes to allow the warmth of your hand to soften it. Roll it out to form a string about ¼ inch thick and place it into the groove along the edge of the glass, over the push points. Press it into the area with your putty knife. Once you are finished, remove the excess putty and smooth out what remains by pressing from one corner of the glass with the flat edge of the putty knife. Draw in a long, continuous motion to the other corner. The idea is to “flatten” the putty into the corner, leaving a smooth, even edge. It may take a little practice, so if it doesn’t work the first time, just roll the putty back up and try again.

The completed putty should be allowed to “cure” for a few days so that it remont-okonmay form a skin. At that point it should be ready to paint. By repairing your old windows, you’ll be saving money while, in many cases, preserving the historic value of your home. For all of your window repair needs such as paint, tools, glazing compound and more, stop in and we’ll be happy to answer your questions and help you get your project underway. In the event that your windows are too damaged and need to be replaced altogether, we’ll be glad provide you with a suitable replacement.