How to Make a Window Coffee Table

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One of the most popular design styles right now is shabby chic. It is comfortable, looks worn and uses many elements that started life as something else. Make this clever coffee table from an old window. It is quick, easy and beautiful, and you need minimal wood working skills. Any size window will work for a window coffee table; you just need to find the one that is right for your space.

Things You'll Need

  • Old window with a wide sash
  • Four 14-inch table legs (purchase new or recycle from an old table)
  • Table leg mounting brackets
  • Sandpaper
  • Tack cloth
  • Vaseline
  • Razor blade
  • Wood glue
  • Acrylic latex paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Drill and bits
  • Prepare the window by sanding the window frame. Eliminate rough spots, and remove hardware if it is not desired. Wipe the window frame down using the tack cloth to remove all the dust particles.

  • Paint the window. The options here are plentiful. Completely repaint the window frame, use matching paint to dry-brush a rustic finish, or use matching paint to touch up nicks and bare spots where hardware was removed. Apply Vaseline to the inside of the window panes where they meet the wood frame. This will help keep the clean up to a minimum if you get paint on the glass.

  • Clean the paint from the window by simply washing it. If paint has gotten on the window panes and will not wash off, just scrape it lightly with a razor blade.

  • Turn the window over so that it is face down on your work surface. Attach the mounting brackets to the four corners. Use the drill to drill pilot holes before attaching the brackets with screws to prevent the wood from splitting. It is very important to have a window with a wide enough sash so as not to see the mounting brackets from the top of the window coffee table.

  • Sand the coffee table legs to better accept the paint. Wipe the dust particles off using the tack cloth.

  • Paint the legs using the technique that was chosen for the window. Allow to dry.

  • Screw the legs into the mounting brackets and turn the window coffee table over.

Tips & Warnings

  • Before beginning work on the window coffee table, address any problems with the window itself. Replace or reattach any loose panes, and recaulk if necessary. If there are any chips or splinters in the wood, fill with wood putty and sand.
  • This table is not for propping your feet on!

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