Salvaged Windows into End Tables

I am so so excited about this project, and it isn’t even for me. My friend Beth has a window hoarding problem (like I have a chair hoarding problem… ahem). She can’t drive by one without screeching to a stop and throwing them in the trunk. And she hit the jackpot with these two old windows. 

re-purposed windows

She nabbed these two quarter circle windows off the side of the road and they were a bit worse for the wear so I brainstormed a bit for her on how to make them AMAZING.

glass windows

First, I washed the street filth off them. Then, I primed them with a mold and mildew resistant primer (leftover from my bathroom makeover) just to be extra careful. Next, I picked up newel posts at the Habitat Restore… for 50 cents each. FIFTY CENTS EACH. I used my miter saw to cut them to the correct height, which meant trimming off a bit from either end to preserve the shape in the middle. To figure out the height I just measured my own end tables (22 inches) and mimicked that. The legs were then attached with wood glue and wood screws (2 screws per leg, using an impact driver).

repurposed windows

Once everything was attached, I sanded and sanded to make sure it was smooth, then added one more coat of primer to the whole thing. No need to tape off the window glass, you can just scrape paint off with a razor. I did just one coat of pure white paint, then I glazed them black to get them looking antique-y again. My technique with glaze is to add it slowly and in multiple layers- it’s a lot easier to go over everything again then it is to try to get rid of a glaze overload.

glazed end table

They’re a little tacky still, but I’m thinking a coat or two of polycrylic just to seal them up and they’ll be done! I absolutely love these things and can’t wait to see how they look in Beth’s house.

reclaimed window turned to end table

These end tables are definitely oversized but will look great flanking her couch and armchair, or even paired together as a sideboard to her dining set.. I added some furniture pads I had on hand to the bottom so they can slide around without scratching up the floors.

Since I already had the paint and tools on hand, both end tables combined cost under $5. Can you even believe it?

salvaged mirror turned end table

Oh, and if you’re interested you can read about the Morroccan stencil wall here (done with a Sharpie paint pen!) and the sunburst mirror here (made out of wood shims!).