I love to make things. My husband likes to build things. And together, we like to do DIY home improvements and projects. For this reason, we have both been wanting to check out a local construction warehouse that has overstock and old parts from buildings and houses. So one recent afternoon we got a babysitter and headed out for an adventure!
This was our first trip and we weren’t sure exactly what to expect and didn’t have any particular projects in mind. Turns out it is the perfect place to find old doors and windows for decorating and for getting supplies for some very cool reuse and upcycling projects found on Pinterest.
When we got there, it was pretty much what we had expected…a huge warehouse with lots and lots of things that had been pulled out of old houses, offices, buildings, etc. The cool thing is that the inventory is always changing. I was visiting a friend recently and she had made some lockers that she got at this place into an awesome storage and bench piece in her entry. It is so fun that I couldn’t stay away from the place any longer. The day we went, there were no lockers, but here is a small sampling of some of the things they had:
We shopped around, checking everything out. And then, we came to the window section and I found this gem:
It was an old, paint-crusted window for… wait for it… $3!!!
I needed a dry erase board for my office (which is almost complete! Yay!) and already use glass as a dry erase surface in my kitchen, so right away, I thought that this would make the perfect dry erase board for my office! And the price was right, so I wasn’t worried about buyer’s remorse if I got it home and it didn’t work out.
All I used to make this window into a dry erase board were the window, soap and water, a pair of needle nosed pliers for removing some nails and some hangers for the back.
Now if you are a DIY-er, I know you’ll feel me on this next part… You see something that inspires you. You have the perfect picture in your mind of how it will all come together. You start your project. And it doesn’t go quite as planned. But you thought it was going to be easy. And quick. But it’s not.
Well I am thrilled to tell you that none of that happened this time! I coerced a few random nails from the frame pretty easily. I cleaned the window with dish detergent and water. Then my husband added some hangers to the back and we hung it up.
And it is working out great! A super easy and inexpensive project made from a window in search of a new home.