Friday, January 03, 2014

DIY // reclaimed window coffee table

when my husband bought our house, he replaced the old windows with modern ones, but kept the old ones. we love decorating with the old windows around our house! he has been wanting to make me a table out of one of the windows for a while. he decided he was going to make it this Christmas, but he only had one day off of work to build it & ran out of time. so, he told me what he was planning & we built it together (with the help of my dad) on our days off for Christmas! i'm actually glad we got to build it together because it was tons of fun to be involved in the entire process! it turned out to be a super awesome coffee table, so i wanted to share with you how we made it!


lumber needed:
two 8ft 1x8 boards (for the outside of the box)
three 10ft rounded 1x4 boards (for the bottom of the box)

hardware needed:
four 1 inch hinges
a box of #8 2 inch wood screws
cabinet handle

other materials needed:
old window
white semi-gloss paint
wood putty

step 1: cut off any extra pieces on the window to ensure that it sits flat on the top of the box

step 2: cut your 1x8 boards to form a box that fits the size of your window

step 3: drill wood screws into your 1x8 boards to secure the box

step 4: cut your rounded 1x4 boards to the length you will need for the bottom of the box

step 5: drill wood screws into your rounded 1x4 boards to secure them to the bottom

step 6: if your last board is too wide to fit, trim off the part you don't need

look at that beautiful box! the hard part is over now!

step 7: lay your box upside down on your window & attach your hinges so the window can open from the top

step 8: before you paint, fill in the screw holes with wood putty to smooth them out

step 9: paint the box white (or your desired color) all over - you'll need 2 good coats

step 10: attach the handle to the front of the window


materials needed:
four pre-cut table legs
one can of dark stain
four leg brackets (to attach the legs with)

step 1: attach the brackets to each corner of the bottom of the box

step 2: screw in the legs to make sure they're all placed evenly around the box

step 3: stain each leg - use as many coats as you need to reach your desired color

step 4: attach your legs to the bottom of the box

ta-da!! now you have a really awesome coffee table that you can also store things in!

we absolutely LOVE the way this table came out & it really adds a lot to our living room!
have you ever made home decor from reclaimed windows?


    I love using old windows in projects - so y'alls coffee table is gorgeous!

  2. This is seriously so cool! I love the creativity of using what you already had on hand. And the storage space is awesome!

    I am so glad I stumbled across your blog. I am a new follower via bloglovin!

  3. I love it so much!!! I think it's a perfect addition to your farm house! :-)

  4. This is beautiful! I love it so much! You guys did a great job. :)

  5. Welp, this lovely piece just took my breath away and reigned down some inspiration. Congrats on the successful project!

  6. This is so great! What a neat idea! I love that you and your hubby and your Dad did it together! :)

  7. thanks so much, Ashley! this table came out great & we absolutely adore it! plus, it's nice to have some extra storage :)
    i'm glad to be following you now as well!!

  8. thank you, Amy!! i love the old window look & so glad my husband came up with this idea! :)

  9. thanks, Susannah!! :) i think it really does help complete our little farm house! :)

  10. thank you, Rach!! :) we were pretty impressed with ourselves when it came out looking so nice!

  11. ahhh!!! so glad!! :) thanks so much, Annie!!

  12. thanks, Aimee! it was so fun to work on the project together! plus, we are excited to have a piece of our first house to take with us!! :)

  13. Oh wow!! It sure seemed like the project was fairly labor intensive but you ended up with an awesome table at the end of it! That is so cool! We had some old windows taken out of our barn before we burned it down, I made a picture frame out of one of them.

  14. thanks, Rachel! yeah, it was a lot of work, but we love the way the table came out! that's really cool that you made a picture frame out of one of them!! i've been wanting to do that with another window & some wedding pictures, i may get some tips from you! :)

  15. Here's the link on my blog to the one I made:

  16. What an AMAZING idea! I would love to try something like this later in the year when we move! It looks so awesome and I love how it's also got storage too :).

  17. thanks so much, Kate! :) you should definitely make some rustic decor when you get all moved into your new place (& new country!) the storage is SO awesome!! :)

  18. Wow, I love this! Cute and functional? You've won me over. And it looks great in your living room.

  19. oh yes! we are all about cute & functional! :) thanks sweet girl!! :)

  20. oh my gosh, this is a dream coffee table! i want one. now to find an old window...

  21. we were so surprised it came out looking as nice as it did! :) thrift stores normally have old windows for cheap! :)

  22. Love - love - love this! Thank you for linking up at the Blog Strut Blog Hop! I can't wait to see what you link up next week! I would love for you to hop over anytime to and link up with the parties I co-host throughout the week!

    Have a terrific weekend!



  23. This is awesome, I've been looking for directions on how to do exactly this :)

  24. ahh cool!! well i am so glad you found it!! if you make a table, please share with me how it turns out!! :)

  25. I've never made anything like this - but I love the concept. A great little storage unit too!
    Claire xx | somewhere... beyond the sea

  26. Wow that is great!!! :) I wish I wasn't so scared of using tools like that!

  27. it was such a neat idea & it came out so much better than i thought it would when we started! :) the storage space is SO nice!!! :)

  28. ha! that's where my dad & husband came in :) they did everything involving the tools! i helped plan & paint! :)

  29. I love this!! My boyfriend + I want to a decor revamp and I'm really loving this idea.

  30. that sounds like so much fun!! :) you should definitely make yourself a coffee table!!! :) it's neat cause you get to customize it to fit what you want!

  31. no problem! :) it was so much fun to make & we absolutely love it!! :)

  32. Oooh, I love this! Thanks for linking up with the Caffeinated Crafters last week! We loved having you!!