It’s that time again! When we give you a little Windows 101!

Today’s big question? What in the world is a window frame. This one is Parts of a Windowpretty easy and straightforward, which is why we’re going to do more than just tell you what a window frame is. We’re going to give you a unique idea about how you can recycle those old frames.

But first… what is a window frame? A window frame is the combination of the head, jambs and sill that forms a precise opening in which a window sash fits. So if you look at our handy diagram, the frame is the outer boarder of the window. Everything else, the sash locks, and jambs, are all located on the inside of the frame.

So here’s a scenario. You decide to get rid of your old wood windows and replace them with quality Simonton vinyl windows. First, great choice. Second,

We have to give props to Martha Stewart for this one. She can create just about anything out of anything. We watched her video and she’s an absolute DIY ninja. Watch the entire video by clicking here.

What You’ll Need:

  • Martha Stewart (If you don’t have Martha Stewart available you’re on your own!)Upcycled Windows Create Birdcage
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Table or circular saw
  • Drill
  • Hammer
  • Safety glasses
  • Two large salvaged windows
  • Peel Away paint stripper
  • Putty knife
  • Paint scraper
  • Sandpaper
  • Heavy-duty gloves
  • 1/2-inch, 22-gauge chicken wire (also known as sparrow netting) or stainless steel wire
  • Heavy-duty staple gun and staples
  • Wood glue
  • Balsa wood
  • Lengths of one-by-three poplar lumber
  • “L” brackets
  • Wood screws
  • 2-inch lattice pieces
  • Tack nails
  • Lengths of one-by-one poplar lumber
  • Galvanized garden tray
  • 1/2-inch plywood
  • Two sets of hinges
  • Door latch
  • Drawer pull
  • EZ-glide floor protectors
  • 1/2-inch quarter-round trim molding
  • 4 casters (optional) 


The Martha Stewart ShowStep 1

You have to scrub those windowpanes. Using a putty knife cover the wood with peel away paint stripper and cover with paper. Wait overnight.

Step 2

Peel away the paper. It’s amazing how much paint is removed. Watch the video to see it happen. Next, clean and sand the wood. You’ll want to make sure you remove all of the paint from the windows so your pets are not exposed to contaminants.

Step 3

Remove the glass panes from window frame. There may be some caulk left over and you’ll want to remove that as well. Make sure you wear heavy-duty gloves and check for small shards of glass before removing your gloves.

Step 4

Cut the chicken wire to the size of the window frame. Use a staple gun to staple the wire in place around the inside edges of the frame. Then, cut strips of balsa wood to size and attach over the stapled, raw edges of chicken wire with wood glue.

Step 5

Use the poplar and “L” brackets to create a rectangle for one side of the birdcage that is the height of the windows. Use wood glue in the seams when securing the brackets. Cut chicken wire to size of rectangle and staple in place around the edges with the staple gun. Attach pieces of lattice with wood glue and tack nails to cover raw edges of wire.

Step 6

Cut a plywood base to dimensions of birdcage. Attach three sides to plywood base with screws. Add two 1-by-1 poplar stabilizing bars to fourth side, one flush with the top of the other three sides, and one raised from the bottom, enough to allow entry and exit of galvanized tray.

Step 7

To make door: Make another rectangle with poplar and L brackets, sized to fit between the stabilizing bars. Add chicken wire and cover raw edges as you did for the other elements.

Step 8

Cut a roof from plywood and attach to top.

Step 9

Line up the door between stabilizing bars and mark the hinges on the door and frame. Drill pilot holes, and attach hinges with screws to door and frame. Mark, pre-drill, and attach latch in the same way.

Step 10

Finish the birdcage by adding quarter-round trim molding to top and bottom edges and paint desired color.

Step 11

Add a drawer pull to the side of the tray, and add EZ-glide protectors to the bottom of the tray to make for smooth sliding in and out of cage.

Step 12

Add casters to bottom of cage, if desired.