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Daydreams of Natural Spaces Part Two

by Stephanie Nelson

Tags: Green Artist Spotlight, Daydreams of Natural Spaces, transforming space, salvaged furniture, eco-friendly furniture, hand crafted, living room, interior design,

Since the beginning of April when I moved into my new house, I have become more aware of furniture and successful living spaces. I carry a tiny sketchbook in my suitcase-sized bag just in case I see something interesting and want to incorporate it into my home. Although don’t have a detailed plan for my living room and kitchen, I want my space to fuses nature, specifically the beach and the mountains, and simple vintage-style items.

During one of my trips to antique shops, I found an old glass window at 5 Green Boxes, a locally owned, one-of-a-kind furniture and clothing store in Denver, Colorado. First I thought that it would make a great wall decoration, but after my bike ride home with the piece, I came to the conclusion that it would be a perfect end table. 

I found four unfinished 16-inch table legs with screws already in them from the local hardware store. I know I said I would buy things that were used or eco-friendly, but when I saw them, I fell in love with their simple design. I bought a light teal colored paint from Sherwin-Williams and watered it down to give a washed appearance. Here are the instructions for a window end table. I put tips and my measurements in italics.

 SN Window Table

Window end tableEstimated time: 30 to 45 minutes

Materials: old glass window and four legs

Tools: drill, a drill bit and paint

If you want the legs to have a washed looked, use 1/2 cup of paint and 1/4 cup water mixture. Apply a few coats of paint until you are satisfied with its appearance. I used two coats of paint.

While the paint is drying, measure where the legs will be on all four sides. My window is rectangle shaped, the width is the longest side and the height is the shorter side. On the height sides, I marked an inch and a half in from the frame’s end. Because the wood framing is only an inch wide, I marked a half of an inch from the inside of the frame towards the outer edge. Drill four holes in the window frame. Be careful not to drill into the glass.

When the legs are done drying, screw the legs in. Sometimes the window frame wood can split easily or chip, which makes the stability of the legs challenging. For extra support, I used put a drop of wood glue in the drilled hole before screwing it in.

Next week I’ll show you my couch I found on craigslist and tips for making a slipcover. Do you have any ideas for my very empty space? Share your ideas and thoughts by leaving me a comment or sending me an email (snelson[at]