REPURPOSING & UPCYCLING YOUR DOOR
Replacing the glass on your front door is like a facelift for your home: it improves the whole look of your home’s entrance and adds curb appeal. Some types of replacement glass can also make an older door more airtight and energy efficient. Zabitat can help you replace your door glass without having to replace your entire door.
But what can you do with the old glass that’s been removed from your door? You could just toss it, but that feels a bit wasteful. If it’s still in good condition, why not repurpose or upcycle it? For crafters, there are many fun projects that you can tackle to make good use of your old door glass. If you’re not crafty yourself, you can work with a local professional to make something beautiful and unique for your home.
Remember to use caution when handling glass, and wear gloves and eye protection.
Did you know that you can easily turn old glass into a funky, decorative mirror? With different frames and glass surface treatment products, you can match your mirror to any room in your home: give it a sleek modern look or a vintage aesthetic (mercury glass sprays are great for this). Etching your mirror adds sophistication and even more personality.
Handmade signs are a growing home decor trend, and it’s relatively simple to use your old door glass to make a DIY sign. Pop your old door glass into a new frame and use it as a canvas for your creative vision. Crafters have used old door glass to make rustic kitchen signs, charming bathroom decor, and wall hangings for any room in the house. Products like mercury or sea glass sprays can give signs a distinctive, professional look. Personalized signs also make great gifts for friends and family.
Cut with Care
Cutting glass is a somewhat advanced technique, but it opens up a world of possibilities for upcycling old glass. You can make ornaments, wind chimes, coasters, and more with some careful glass cutting. Tools for basic glass cutting are relatively inexpensive, thought it may take some practice to master the skill.
You could also choose a simpler option and break the glass (carefully!) to use in mosaic projects. Mosaics can be a great way to decorate a tabletop, vase, or garden pathway.
One great way to upcycle your old door glass is by making a glass-topped coffee table. All you need is wood to frame the glass, and table legs in your preferred style. This project is within reach for the skilled DIY crafter, but would also make a good collaboration with a local furniture company. Other furniture ideas for your old door glass include kitchen cabinets, hutches, and room dividers.
Don’t forget about outdoor options when considering how to upcycle your old door glass. The garden can be a great place for repurposing: old glass can be used to make cold frames for sheltering plants or a compost bin that stays warm throughout the winter. If you have enough glass, you can even make a small greenhouse. Smaller pieces can be turned into bird baths or outdoor tables.
Some of these projects might require tools or expertise that you don’t have, but many areas have community “maker spaces” or art cooperatives where you could find help with repurposing or upcycling your old door glass. You can also use Etsy or other craft sites to find local craftspeople to collaborate with.
For more information about replacing doors, windows, screens, blinds and more, contact Zabitat today. Replacing your door glass can be an easy, impactful home project, and it gives you a chance to be creative with your old door glass.