It seems like for every amazing technology we develop, another charming piece of the past falls away.
Yes, horse-drawn carriages and gas lamps weren’t all that efficient — but they were beautiful! Must we always trade aesthetics for practicality?
But luckily for antique-lovers like me, a new movement is sweeping the nation — upcycling! The idea is very simple: Find an old object, freshen it up a bit, then think up a new use for it. You’ll be preserving the past while cutting down on waste. It’s a win-win!
In this instance, we’ll be taking an old barn window — don’t you just love how old glass panes seem to have ripples?
— and making something beautiful and useful!
In stores, a beautiful piece of furniture like this would cost around $300, but this easy project is only a tiny sliver of that price! And this piece will be unique, handmade, and a treasured remnant of the past.
So go hit some junkyards or thrift shops, and get to upcycling! You’ll love it!
Be sure to watch the video tutorial at the end, and please SHARE if you feel inspired!
Step 1: Build the body of the table. This should exactly match the dimensions of your window.
Step 2: Screw the body together.
Step 3: Measure and cut the bottom of your table's body.
Step 4: Attach the bottom of your table to the body.
Step 5: Buy a set of legs from the hardware store, along with the necessary hardware to attach them.
Step 6: Attach the window to the table body with hinges.
Step 7: Pick a nice handle and screw that to the other side of the window.
Step 8: Paint your table, then fill it with whatever you like!
It's sure to bring tons of rustic charm to any room.
The color possibilities are endless! A Tiffany blue would look gorgeous.
You could also use it as a shadowbox, so go find some beautiful trinkets or memorabilia and get to arranging!
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