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6 Ways to Use Vintage Glass

There is just something about it. That unusual-looking glass that caught your eye. Maybe you noticed it in the shopping district of a high-end neighborhood, or perhaps it stood out in your own friendly neighborhood watering hole. Vintage reclaimed glass comes in all shapes, shades, and textures. Not only is it irresistible aesthetically, but salvaged glass has also proven extremely durable for both indoor and outdoor uses. You love the way it adds charm and character. 

“But what will I do with it?” you say. Here are a few ways you can rehome antique and vintage reclaimed glass, or you can brainstorm something completely innovative and ingenious while browsing the selection at Olde Good Things.

1. Skylights and Architectural Borders

The Arlington Club in Upper East Side, Manhattan, used Olde Good Things pebbled chicken wire glass for this skylight overlooking the atrium. The client also used touches of antique glass on the soffit above the bar. The soaring glass skylight allows just a breath of light to pass through, giving the atrium an expansive and distinguished feel.


2.  Privacy Walls and Enclosed Partitions


Everybody needs a little privacy sometimes. Whether you share a residence or a business space, a reclaimed glass privacy wall will set aside your area for a multitude of purposes. With a vintage glass partition, you can delegate a small private area or an entire office. A reclaimed glass room divider can be used to tastefully separate a small office area, meeting room, dressing area, or to organize space and create flow in retail stores, entertainment venues, and dining spots. Our reclaimed glass also makes a startlingly unique inlay on doors, such as the shower doors made from pebbled chicken wire glass in this New York City loft.


3. Antiqued Mirrors

Antiqued silvered glass mirrors make a statement whether they are featured as a bar backdrop or in a custom frame. Olde Good Things offers beautifully done mirrors customized to the needs of the client, like this Boulton and Watt Restaurant bar backdrop in East Village, New York City. Our clients have used OGT glass mirrors in restaurants, bars, retail, or simply framed in one of our beautiful custom mirror frames for home decor. Our vintage glass mirrors are composed of reclaimed glass salvaged from some of the most famous and historic buildings, and each piece has its own story to tell.


4. Exterior and Interior Window Features

Paned windows give you a great view out onto the world. The glass panes that grace your restaurant, retail space, or business is what customers will look through and notice, and you want your windows to make an impression. This restaurant storefront on the Lower East Side demands attention with OGT pebbled chicken wire glass. Olde Good Things has a huge selection of vintage chicken wire glass, whether you want yours corrugated, pebbled, ribbed, wormy, hammered, textured, colored, or clear.


5. Canopies and Awnings

Glass awnings and canopies are trending in stylish office, retail, and entertainment environments. Awnings and canopies provide shade and modernistic angles, and they are used in both interior and exterior design themes, like this cutting-edge canopy at Diane von Furstenburg’s apparel showroom in the Meatpacking District, New York City. New cut glass can be pricey, and many Olde Good Things clients choose to go with our sturdy and resilient salvaged architectural glass from historic buildings, factories, and industrial sites.

6. Wall Sconces

Vintage reclaimed glass is a statement piece when repurposed into wall sconces. Beertown Restaurants used our warm amber corrugated chicken wire glass in the wall sconces of the dining areas to highlight the beautiful raw materials featured in the design. The light shining through this glass gives the restaurant a charming, subtle ambience and brings out the other uses of vintage glass in the overall atmosphere.

Reclaimed vintage glass from the Olde Good Things extensive and unique collection lends a distinguished look and subtle ambience to any space. Each item is a discussion piece, salvaged from historic architecture. The quality and resilience of reclaimed glass are unsurpassed. We love to help our clients with ideas, selection, customization, and execution. Contact us or come in today to discuss your ideas and share how you want to use vintage glass.

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Decor that Shimmers: Decorating with Vintage Reclaimed Glass

Those who look into the soul of any vintage item will see beyond its form and function and into the life it should have going forward. Vintage glass allows the viewer to look through into other worlds and imagine things that used to be on the other side of the pane. Next time you need something to decorate the interior or exterior space of your house, turn to Olde Good Things for your classic touches of style and history. A hint of the past is always a great way to move into the future. The past represents a groundedness that is not found in modern mass-produced-in-China items that overflow the shelves of décor stores. Impersonal, cold, and often too cheap to be worth passing along to the next generation, these items succumb to the decay of time.

We have the largest selection of vintage chicken wire glass, including corrugated, pebbled, hammered, ribbed, wormy, and clear. We also have many types of obsolete textured glass, antique pattern glass, and wavy window glass. We have developed a unique process of creating the most authentic looking antique distressed mirror on the market. We have a full service shop ready to process your order of vintage glass and mirror.

We have five types of glass available to purchase:

1.  Chicken wire glass

2.  Corrugated glass

3.  Antiqued silvered mirror

4. Exclusive glass and windows

5. Large sheets of stained glass


Featured Reclaimed Glass

Rare Large Sheet of Clear Chicken Wire Glass – Limited quantity, pieces this large are rare. Each sheet is 28 square feet. Measuring 81.75 in. H x 49 in. W x 0.25 in. D.

View our customer showcases on our vintage glass website, www.oldegoodglass.com. Request a free sample here.

Creating an Outdoor Oasis Using Salvaged Items

Having an outdoor living space can be a wonderful, relaxing addition to your home. Continuing the decorating style you already use indoors into your outdoor space can also help to increase your home’s value. It can be difficult to know how exactly to do this, however, particularly if you’ve used salvaged items to create a unique look for your home. As the top salvage company in the country, we have the opportunity to create many interesting decorative pieces and spaces using salvaged items in ways many people don’t even think of. Read below for how you can create a beautiful look for your outdoor space using items from one of our many locations.


Every garden should have a gate or a door, but not necessarily as an entry point.  Above is just a small selection of iron entry ways available at Olde Good Things.  An antique French door that no longer contains the glass (like the one from our online selection shown above) can make a beautiful trellis for climbing flowers or decorative vines. Refinishing or painting the door in a bright, bold color can also make it a lovely accent piece when placed against a fence or a garden wall. For a more traditional look, two solid doors can be connected with other wood pieces at the top to make a beautiful arbor. Consider placing a bench or reading chair beneath it to create a peaceful nook for reading, relaxing, or late afternoon naps.

An old bicycle can be used to decorate an outdoor space

An old bicycle, like the one shown here can make an excellent conversation piece. Turn the handlebar basket into a planter, and
consider weaving climbing flowers or vines through the wheel spokes and around the frame. The color of the bike can be incorporated into your garden’s theme, or it could be used as an eye-catching piece to liven up a more drab area of your outdoor space.

Tables missing their tops, or chairs that are missing their seats also make excellent planters, and can be very interesting pieces. These types of items also work quite well in smaller spaces, or on patios that don’t have any real planting space.

An open top table can be used as a garden element

An open top table can be used as a garden element

Stone pieces are a traditional choice for decorating an outdoor space, but that doesn’t mean that they have to be boring or ordinary. Consider moving beyond traditional stone planters and statues, and search for something more unique. Using a piece with an interesting design can really bring your personality to your garden. Salvaged stone pieces from mantels, decorative walls, columns, and other elements can really make your garden a unique and interesting place to relax or have friends over.


Here a salvaged garden stone makes a centerpiece in this garden

Here a salvaged garden stone makes a centerpiece in this garden

For larger gardens, consider breaking up the space with an interesting element like a piece of stained glass, or an antique chandelier draped in glass beads. No only will elements like these look interesting, the light shining through and reflecting off of them will create beautiful patterns and colors that will really help your garden stand out. Use a bit of a strong, antique chain to hang these elements securely from a tree, arbor, or trellis. If you prefer the look of wood to glass, an antique window frame with the pane of glass removed can make an excellent hanging planter and define the space in a similar way.

A salvaged window makes a great garden element

A salvaged window makes a great garden element

Using salvaged or antique items in your garden can be a wonderful way to set your garden oasis, and your home apart from the others in your neighborhood. Using pieces that are unique and different is a great way to create a space that shows off your style and personality, while giving you a wonderful place to relax and get away from it all.

With the help of Olde Good Things, you can easily transform your backyard into a hideaway just for your enjoyment, or a mindblowing entertainment space that you and your family and friends can enjoy.

Create a Custom Look with Chicken Wire Glass


From coastal California homes to Pulino’s restaurant in the Bowery district of Manhattan, vintage chicken wire glass is being used as a design element in a number of creative and unique ways.

Originally manufactured to provide durability, stability, and security to industrial or commercial buildings such as schools and fire stations, this industrial-grade glass has a network of wire molded into it, making it strong and shatter-resistant.

In addition, the variety of netting shapes and glass textures make the chicken wire a versatile design choice, especially if you want to evoke a nostalgic feel or country theme in your home. Choose from clear, textured, pebbled or hammered glass and a wormy, square or hexagonal netting design.

Savvy homeowners are using this glass in almost every room of the house. Whether your style is Country French, Classic White or Modern/Industrial, you can create a one-of-a-kind custom kitchen using chicken wire glass. Show off your crystal or copper cookware by replacing solid cupboard doors with glass. Design an open and airy pantry with chicken wire glass doors. The effect works well on curio hutches and china cabinets in the dining room too.

starbucks2Carry the look into the living room, family room or office. Protect your books, TV, stereo equipment and keepsake decorative items by using chicken wire glass doors on your shelves. The wine cellar is a natural for this beautiful glass.

And think about adding chicken wire glass doors to the cabinet above the bathroom toilet.

To let light into your home while sustaining privacy, consider using chicken wire glass on your French doors or skylights. This type of glass is a sturdy and wise choice for patio or balcony enclosures. We’ve even seen a vintage barn that incorporated chicken wire glass doors.

On the commercial side, Starbucks in New York City uses chicken wire glass panels as space dividers. Cata Restaurant in Manhattan’s Lower East Side features a patchwork of chicken wire glass textures in their exterior windows, while The Arlington Club on the Upper East Side has an atrium skylight and soffit above the bar made with pebbled chicken wire glass.

The Acqua Al 2 restaurant in Washington, D.C., uses hammered chicken wire glass to cover storage areas. Its casement windows are also made from a patchwork of chicken wire glass of various textures.

One Manhattan apartment created a canopy with salvaged corrugated chicken wire glass, while the Diane von Fustenburg showroom designed an unusual awning with corrugated chicken wire glass retrieved from the Philadelphia Naval yard.

Ready to try some in your next renovation or building project? Olde Good Things carries a wide variety of vintage chicken wire glass: clear, pebbled, hammered, ribbed, wormy square, aqua pebbled or textured. We can cut your order to size. A cutting fee may be applicable depending on the order size. Samples are available upon request.

Things to know about ordering vintage glass:

• The wire twists in chicken wire glass run top to bottom, the direction of the height. When requesting a quote please provide your dimensions as width x height.
• With all our glass products, we can do cut-outs, drill holes and cut to your template patterns. Templates must be provided in a rigged material.
• All our glass is reclaimed vintage material, and most have been used, so expect signs of age from exposure to weather and use.
• Minimum order $300.
Samples are available.

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Customer Showcase: Parc Brasserie

Restaurant with French flair

This stylish restaurant in Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, adds an abundance of French nostalgia to the area. The use of distressed mirrors and antique glass add warmth to this charming and comfortable space.

Distressed mirrors add light

The distressed mirrors reflect light and add openness to the surroundings, but maintain an old-fashioned appearance. The textured glass add light and obscure the view into the restrooms.

The designers used our hand-silvered mirrors, textured glass, and many other items to create a bistro reminiscent of its French origins.

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