recycled window table

Recycled Windows

This side table was one of the DIY gifts I made for Christmas after seeing a similar one on Pinterest. It’s made out of four window shutters someone brought over hoping we could “make something” of. I added a utility light under a hinged table top for indirect lighting if the recipient wanted that feature.
The four window shades are held together by small brackets–four of them near the top, and four near the bottom. A top was cut out of plywood and decorated with a thin piece of fancy molding. Then the whole table was painted brown (first). I was going for a distressed, or aged, look, so I used splotches of vaseline over the brown underpainting, then painted a layer of red, added more vaseline dabs, and finished with a coat of white. Once the paint dried, the vaseline was wiped off to reveal the “old” layers of paint.
The one drawback about this project was that I had to work in sub-freezing weather (even in the sun), so the vaseline technique didn’t work as well as it would in warmer weather. To fix the problem, I did a light wash over the entire project right at the end. I think it achieved the antiqued look I was going for.

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