Scrap or salvage? If the windows are painted and your home was built before the 1980’s, be wary, says Laura Foster-Bobroff, an old house remodeler and home improvement writer. Lead paint is a real problem, she says, adding that erring on the side of caution, she always tells people to assume houses built in the 70’s or earlier will contain lead paint. In that scenario, it’s best to replace the windows with new, energy-efficient ones.
How to reuse them: This ingenious coffee table is made of two apple crates and an old window. The editors at Shelterness note that the thicker the window you start with, the more the table will be able to withstand. Its attractiveness belies how fast and inexpensive it is to construct.