I found a terrific article to share with you that gives some beautiful illustrations for using an old window to make a romantic bed canopy, a cabinet front, a beautiful table, and a wall shelf. In addition to the ideas mentioned here the article has some other clever craft projects for decorating the house.
The old windows used in these examples are usually fairly easy to find in salvage yards and local shops. When you can’t find the real thing and no other look will do you can spend a little extra, buy a new window with a wood frame and distress the wood using paint techniques.
Even if you don’t plan on pursuing this particular project, do have a look at the link – the photos are beautiful and it may inspire you to create something of your own.