Carly Rubach

Windowpane table

By - Sep 18th, 2011 04:00 am

Happy Fall y’all! This is my most favorite time of the year to explore the city’s surrounding rural colors through parks, pumpkin farms, apple orchards and a solid camping trip to Door County. Naturally, to kick off the season, I made a table!

I found an old windowpane near a dumpster last year and have been waiting for the right opportunity to utilize the piece. I was hesitant to handle the window because of how dirty the wood was and how rusty the screens were. I thought perhaps I could have been dealing with lead paint – which I probably was — so be sure to get any painted dumpster dive finds tested before inhaling their many dust particles. I should have been more cautious, but I’m still very much alive and am able to enjoy my new entry table.

I’ve had this sudden urge to completely redecorate our apartment. I want to strip the walls and get rid of anything I don’t “love!” That’s what Nate (“The Nate Show”) would tell me to do. There are many things on our walls that feel like filler to me, and I haven’t even touched the bedroom since we moved. Decorating a temporary space can be tricky, especially when you can’t do anything permanent.

Share your tips or hold-ups on decorating a temporary space in the comments below. How do you add color to walls without painting them? What do you feel is a problem area in your apartment? Let’s come up with some solutions together.

Windowpane Table How-to

My Materials:

1 windowpane (mine was about 34” x 16”)
4 table legs (mine were about 20” tall)
Two pieces of glass/plexiglass to lay [?] atop the window openings
Fabric to cover glass
4 screws
Hammer and nail


Use pliers to rip the screens out of the window. I had to use a razorblade to help loosen up some areas. Careful of dust and sharp ends of the screens. Wear gloves.

Clean the windowpane and glass.

Use a hammer and nail to make a hole on the top corner of the window. Take a screwdriver to secure a screw, so that the end is sticking out on the bottom.

Take a table leg and start a hole in the top center with your hammer and nail. Line up the hole on your table leg with the end of the screw. Twist leg until secure. Repeat this process in the remaining three corners.

Cut and iron two pieces of fabric that are a few inches larger than your glass on each side.

Use double-stick tape and wrap your fabric around the glass like a present. This temporary method will allow you to switch out fabrics whenever you feel inclined.

Paint the table legs to match the windowpane if you need to, and boom, you’ve got a lovely new table for your entryway.

I plan to find a large mirror at a thrift shop to hang above my table in the entryway. Hooray for redecorating! And don’t forget to share your own redecorating stories in the comments section below. Happy Fall!

0 thoughts on “TCDIY: Windowpane table”

  1. Anonymous says:

    A great idea! This is one I am definitely going to attempt. And I have a few old mirrors that I will happily pass on to you!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Great idea! I really like it, it’s simple, and have a friend who’s going to try to make one!

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