Finding a natural solution
My neighbors are replacing their 1950s windows with energy-efficient ones. I love old pieces of furniture with character, so when I saw that they were tossing their old windows, I relished at the opportunity to create a piece of furniture.
I wanted a natural piece of furniture where I could put everyday items, such as keys, my cell phone and wallet. I came up with this versatile table, part organizer and part living room furniture. I was inspired by the planter table in the July/August issue of Natural Home (page 11). I cut out a circle from the lower level plywood and turned an old piece of wood into a mini garden box.
For the two levels, (the box the plants sit in and side panels) I used my neighbor’s old windowpane and an old piece of plywood and scrap wood they gave me. I found the legs at the local hardwood store. Originally all white, I sanded and painted the legs and plywood with yellow eco-friendly paint from Sherwin Williams. Although I used these materials, you can substitute them for other materials that work with your natural space.
You can put a basket over the drilled planter holes.
Estimated time: 1.5 to 2 hours
Materials: old glass window, four longer legs (I used 28 inch legs), four shorter legs (I used 6 inch legs), a piece of plywood and scrap pieces of wood (I used wood that is an inch wide and the length will depend on the size of your window or surface).
1. Sand and paint the legs and pieces of wood. You can paint the window, too.
2. Mark where the legs will be on the table and use screws and a drill to secure them.
3. For the lower level, draw the shape of the mini garden. I drew a circle with a four-inch diameter. Drill a hole on the line of the shape; this will start the cut out. Carefully cut out the shape with a jigsaw tool.
4. Return to the windowpane table and flip it upside down so the window is facing down and the legs are up. Place the piece of plywood on the four legs and make sure it is even on all sides. Draw a small dot where you will drill a small screw into the plywood and the leg. The dot should be just to the side of the center of the leg (not the center).
5. I purchased six inch legs that had screws already in the center of them, which makes securing the legs to the plywood much easier. Leave a small dot where you will drill the hole; this should be in line with the longer leg. Once they are all marked, drill and screw the legs in.
6. You can create a box for the plants to sit in or use a plastic pot. I used a plastic pot as the plywood is worn. You can add a piece of wood around the base of the table, which connects the four legs together, so you can’t see the plastic containers. This step is optional.
Do you have any ideas for my empty space? Share your ideas and thoughts by leaving me a comment or sending me an email (snelson[at]ogdenpubs.com).