By Rebecca Ittner
Sometimes finding a wonderful vintage door or window isn’t the problem —envisioning it in a new way is. The possibilities for transforming these humble items are vast. Add skirting and legs to a vintage window and you create a table. Depending on the height of the legs, your table can be used most anywhere—as a coffee table, side table, or even on the porch. Creating a door-turned-table is equally simple; just lay an interesting door on top of a simple base of bricks or a vintage trunk. Add some personal touches to an empty window frame and you have a unique piece of wall art. Hinge an old door to a vintage bookshelf, or an old window to a crate, and you have new places to store or display your treasures.
Where to find these treasures? Flea markets, antique malls, yard sales and construction sites where homes are being renovated (ask the job foreman or homeowner). To find unique weathered windows and doors, especially very old ones or those with fine detailing, visit architectural salvage stores near you or on the Internet.
• Attach a window frame to a flower box or window box. Not only is it charming, but it gives a place for climbing plants to grow.