Sure, your old residential windows might not be any good for keeping your home energy efficient, but they might be perfect for many other things. If you are getting ready to have some replacement windows installed, you might want to think about the various things you can do with the old windows, before you simply allow them to be hauled off by the window installation company. To help you with this, you can review the following tips for making good use out of your old windows.

Turn Them Into Chalkboards

Whether you are looking for something new to add to the walls in your home or you are looking for a unique gift for a loved one, you might want to turn your old windows into chalkboards. To do this, you will want to sand and paint the window frames so that they are smooth and the perfect color. Once the paint is dry, wash and dry both sides of the glass. You will then want to paint an even coat of chalkboard paint onto one side of the glass. Allow that coat to dry and then paint one more coat of chalkboard paint onto the glass in order to ensure that every speck of glass is covered and that it has an even look to it. Simply hang your new window chalkboard on the wall or wrap it up as a gift. 

Photo Frames

Windows of all shapes, sizes, and styles can work well for photo frames. There are a few ways to achieve this goal. To start, you need to wash and dry the entire window. You can then adhere photo corner adhesives to the glass so that you can insert and remove various photos. You can insert a larger picture and have that picture be the main focus or you can set it up so that you will have room to insert a lot of smaller photos for more of a collage look. Then you can attach a strong picture frame hook or wire set so that you will be ready to hang it up as soon as you are finished.

As you can imagine, there are many things you can do with the old windows that are about to be removed from your home. Just make sure that you are making it clear to the contractor that it is your intention to salvage the windows for various projects. This way, he or she will be more likely to be extra careful when they are removing the old windows. For more information, contact Fas Windows and Doors or a similar company.