Antique Window & Trim Shelf

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Project by envirosponsible posted 02-08-2008 01:24 AM 2474 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a shelf I made from an antique window and trim that were salvaged from a farmhouse in Whitby, Ontario, Canada. The sill was rotted out, so after a cleaning I removed the window panes and sash weights and made some brackets out of scrap trim. It’s 43” wide by 67” high by 10” deep.

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#1 posted 02-08-2008 01:49 AM

This is certainly a unique piece. Normally this would have simply ended up in the local landfill. This is an excellent re-use of materials and is a win-win situation for all involved. You got a unique shelf that has an interesting history and a little less space was taken-up in the landfill.

Thanks for the post.

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#2 posted 02-08-2008 12:38 PM

ooooooooha keeper!

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#3 posted 02-08-2008 06:49 PM

Old windows make for great mirrors too!

I like anything made out of reclaimed supplies and have been doing the same for years. Had a great 55 gallon composter that sat on a wheeled frame…You only needed to rotate the drum once in awhile, and when the compost was ready, you could place the wheelbarrow under and directly dump out of the door.

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#4 posted 02-08-2008 08:27 PM

Sure beats throwing it away. Someone will love to have that in their home.

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#5 posted 02-09-2008 03:22 PM

Yeah, I’ve seen these mirrors going for better than $200.00 in the antique shows and magazines. Most of those were new frames painted to look old! Worth even more if you toss in some stained glass. The shelving units would also fetch a hefty price if the paint is kept original and the frame is ornate.

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#6 posted 02-09-2008 03:42 PM

I just checked your website as you suggested.
Interesting business.
You have to be careful you don’t become the dump yourself.
Much of what I see in recycling shops here is long past it’s prime and to use it in today’s construction is just setting the new endeavor backward and ever closer to a do over.

Don’t misunderstand me I really believe in recycling.

With all things in our lives, there must be balance between nostalgia and practicality.


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#7 posted 02-10-2008 03:32 PM

Couldn’t be more true Bob.

Bouckville, NY hosts an annual antiques festival with over 1000 dealers attending each year. It’s advisable to seek an alternate route if you’re attempting just to drive thru! It really is that busy. Anyhow, we have a multitude of dealers that have set up shop here permanently…and most are just trying to peddle junk. There’s one that stores tons of windows and doors and columns outside…and hasn’t moved but maybe a couple pieces in 15 years! I approached her to purchase a column for thr reclaimed wood…she wanted way too much stating that it’s an antique. It’s sitting outdoors in the mud and the bottom is rotten…Well, that was 10 years ago and it still sits there today.That’s just not profitable, ya know? And not practical either.

What I do like though, is that you’re into reclaiming and recycling your items. That’s the way to go. The rain barrel thing I’ve done to be able to water the garden during dry peaks. It works real good and fills up quicker than you could imagine!

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#8 posted 02-10-2008 05:34 PM

With the continuing pressure on the environment we are seeing a relentless increase in the cost of fossil fuel.
From my perspective , installing and old door or window with a an R rating of perhaps 4-6 is pure folly when a modern equivalent will give you 18 -20.

You will pay for that new door over and over again in energy costs plus run the risk of bringing mold or bacteria into your home.

The unfortunate reality of modern life is that we are running out of materails and energy at an alarming rate.
Our insistance the everything be the cheapest is creating todays’s landfills.
By running a gray water cystern on your property to deal with the water you bought you will find you probably have ample water for all your out of door requirements.
It means rethinking some of your plumbing but is is forever.
That pink “designer sink” in the video is not . :-)


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