High and Dry After Flood Damage

Repairing the damage done to your home after a flood can look like an overwhelming job. In most cases, it’s best to seek out the services of a professional flood damage restoration team. But when my home flooded a few years ago, I found out that there were some things that I could do myself. Books, clothes, and even furniture can recover from water damage under the right circumstances. Knowing how to prevent mold, and remove it when you find it, can also come in handy after a flood. I know that it can be a devastating event for a family. That’s why I started this blog – to share my experience with flood damage and share the things that I learned that helped me put my home back together. With both professional help, and amateur ideas, hopefully you can learn something useful from my experience.

3 Things to Do with Your Old Windows When You Upgrade

Construction & Contractors Blog

If you have old, single pane windows in your home, it is time to upgrade to double or triple pane windows. New windows will help keep your home better insulated and will reduce environmental noise from outside. However, your old windows do not have to go to a landfill. Here are a few ways you can transform your old windows into something new and useful for your home.

#1 Hallway Coat Rack 

You can turn your old window and window frame into a cute hallway storage unit. First, repaint the window frame if the colors on it do not fit with your interior decorating.

Then, find some small hooks that you can attach to the frame. You will need screws and a drill to attach the hooks to the frame. Attach the hooks to the edge of the frame and to every place where the frame intersects over the glass. 

Finally, hang the window up in your hallway and use it as a coat rack to hang your coats, jackets, hats and bags on. You can add a little more flare it it by hanging a handmade wooden pallet sign above the frame.

#2 Chalkboard Weekly Planner

If you need a way to keep track of everything happening in your life, you can repurpose your old window frame into a chalkboard weekly planner. For this project, you will need to remove the glass from the window but keep the frame.

After you remove the glass, glue a chalkboard in place where the glass once was. If you can't find a chalkboard large enough, you can glue small chalkboards over each square on your old window. 

Allow the chalkboard to dry in place, then write: Mon, Tues, Wed across the top panels and Thurs, Fri, Sat/Sun on the bottom panels. Hang up the window frame chalkboard organizer, and put a bin with chalk nearby. 

#3 Picture Frame

Another great way to use your old window frame and glass is by turning it into a picture frame. There are a few different ways you can turn it into a picture frame.

You can blow a picture up so that it is the same size as the window frame, and attach it to the back. The frame will create an artistic piece with your picture, breaking it into squares.

Alternatively, you can use tape to secure a picture in place in every box or square that your frame makes on your window. You can put pictures in every box, or you can leave some open so you can see the wall behind the frame, or you can put colorful paper in some of the boxes. There are many different ways you can turn an old window into a picture frame; it really depends on how many pictures you have and what you want to bring attention to.

Don't throw out your old windows and frames; instead, repurpose them and turn them into interesting decorations within your home. Talk to a window professional like W. T. Fary Bros Lumber Co. to get your replacement windows.

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27 April 2016