Thursday, February 24, 2011

How to build a Cabinet with an old window! Treasures and Trinkets Thursday! Link up!

Welcome to Treasures and Trinkets Thursday!
Link up something you love, a project or whatever you’ve been up to, so we can all admire your stuff!

I thought you guys might be interested in how these were made, there’s a little story behind them….


A while back I told you that my mom, had all these old windows and pieces of building supplies just laying around.  She wanted some cabinets built out of the windows, but my dad and I just couldn’t get time to do it, so enter Gail, from - My Repurposed Life.  (she’s such a great gal..and SO talented!)
I emailed her and asked her if she’d be willing to take on the project and she agreed.

SOOooo, my dad and brother took this whole truck load of goodies to her to start working!
Here’s some old sign materials from where my dad worked that they gave him…Gail called it bumble bee mdf.

Here’s a couple of the old windows my mom had….

and a WHOLE bunch of old bed spindles!

First Gail built a little base with legs out of the bed spindles to fit the size of the windows.……

Then she built a frame the size of the window and attached it to the little base.….

Then she added shelves,  a piece of beadboard on the back and some crown molding…..

Then Gail cleaned up the windows….

She then painted the windows and cabinets out in a nice bright white!

Then Gail attached the two windows to the fronts to complete the cabinets.  Notice that she added the shelves where the cross pieces are  in the windows are so they would be hidden behind each piece. (such a smart cookie)

So here they are now, in my mom and dad’s attic space…aren’t they cute?!   See the little cupcakes on the shelves??…those are the faux ones that I make in my shop HERE.


Mom has the “twins”, as Gail so lovingly calls them, decorated so cute in all white hobnail and antique wedding cake toppers.



Mom and dad installed the sweet little crystal knobs after they got the cabinets back.  My dad, my son Lincoln, and I all drove out to pick up the cabinets from Gail’s house…she’s such a sweetie!


Hope you enjoyed seeing the transformation of a couple of old windows today. If you don’t know Gail, you really should head on over to her blog, My Repurposed Life, to see what she can do!  She does miracles with stuff most people would throw away!  OH and she’s also having a silhouette giveaway, so run, don’t walk over and enter it here!
Have a great day!~


Crystal Rose Cottage said...

I remember the window looks so great with all of your goodies in it! I want to make one of those outside (can't think of the name of it) for my garden. Now I have to find the right size windows to do it. That is so nice that your mom and you have the same tastes in decorating!~Hugs, Patti

Michelle @ Dream Home DIY said...

HELLO!! I wanted to stop by and introduce myself as part of the Circle of Bliss. Im looking so forward to following you here and on Twitter!

Alison Agnew said...

very ingenious and charming how they turned out!


stuff and nosense

Sherri said...

Missy, that Gail sure is a wonderful person!! She is so talented too! I love those cabinets and how your Mom decorated them. Just wonderful! said...

What a great project. I love how it turned out.


up on callico hill said...

That is just beautiful! I also love the glass peices you have in there. I have a few nice peices too that my mother gave me. Thanks for sharing.

Deborah said...

They look amazing, I love them, so shabby chic!

Bee happy x

morninglorycottage said...

Missy these are so stinkin' cute. Love them. Now I want to see the rest of the room. Thanks for sharing.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Gail is a genius! Those cabinets are so adorable! Wish she lived near me!! Thanks for sharing and have a beautiful day.


Aledia said...

How beautiful!!
Just wanted to let you know that you have a blog award waiting for you today over at my blog so check it out when you get the chance! :)

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

Missy, thanks for telling your friends about the twins! AND thanks for NOT posting that picture you have! LOL
It was a pleasure to make these cabinets for your mom. I enjoyed working on them and meeting you and your sweet family!
Thanks for your kind words friend!

Diann said...

Okay, that's it! I need to live somewhere between you and Gail! Gail is THE woman! She can rock out anything and turn it into something gorgeous! Such a talented lady! I want to be her when I grow up! LOL I LOVE your mom's cabinets!!

Marilyn said...

Cute!! ♥♫

Reginia @NotSoModern said...

Oh man those are so stinking cute!
Gail did a great job and they look fabulous with your Mom's treasures in them :)

Fairfield House said...


I was swooning over these the first time you posted about them. What a perfect addition to any home that wants a bit of cottage charm. Gail did a wonderful job!

Your Friend,

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Those turned out so great...she did a wonderful job!

Anonymous said...

hi Missy! wanted to pop over and welcome you to the circle! {not sure how i missed that you joined, sorry!}
really great tutorial!!
have a great weekend! -tracie

Anonymous said...

Wow Missy, those turned out amazing. What vision to bring all of that together. If you have a minute...I finally put together the quilt for your precious one and posted it this morning. It will be in the mail this week...I'm tempted to keep it myself! lol

Sunny said...

Loved the "twins"! That Gail is something else. Your mom must be over the moon. Great tutorial, and good point about matching up the shelves to the glass' panes. Great project, thanks for sharing.

Gina said...

love this project!! I love how simple it seems I would love to make something like this! <3

Roman said...

Very nicely built! I love the idea reusing old bed spindles.

I did two similar projects, reusing old windows from an old, ruined factory building near by.

One big cabinet with two windows and a smaller one with one window. I crept the vintage look of the old wood and painted the rest white, to get a contrast.

I have documented the to projects here on my blog at blogspot. Have a read if you like here:

I have two more old windows, currently thinking how I could use them. I would appreciate any suggestions.



Unknown said...

This is great! I'm looking to make a cabinet for an old window I love! It's kind of heavy though, and will have sewing stuff in it so it wil, be opened a lot! Would you mind telling me what kind of hinges you used? I'm worried if I use the wrong ones it could start the sag on the non hinged end!

I love your cabinets! If I have an ounce ,ore space I'd make a dozen! Lol!

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