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Cottage Window Coffee Table Upcycle Project

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While I was browsing around our local ReStore (Habitat for Humanity resale shop) I came across their stacks of old windows. They do test for lead paint,which is nice – a lead free guarantee!   I was leaning towards making a coffee table, because we didn’t have one…so this was a very nice treasure hunting trip. I LOVE ReStore!

TONS of old windows at ReStore

Materials Used:
8 pane window
4 table legs
light grit sand paper
window calk (I had leftovers)
calk scraper
primer (I had leftovers)
spray paint (I had leftovers)

1. I picked out an eight pane window, and paid a whopping .60 cents for it. On my way out the door I spied a bin of old table legs, and grabbed myself 4 matching ones for .10 cents each.

I've got legs! And I know how to use them!

2. I had some primer in the garage and I have shelves full of half used spray paint colors…so this is also a stash buster for me.
I picked Aqua Turquoise.

3. I wiped the dirt and grime off the window as much as possible, then scraped the crusty loose calk from the edges of the panes. I did a quick hand sanding, lightly, then wiped the window down again. I calked the edges to even it out as much as possible  but I sort of suck at calking. I let it cure as directed on package.

Messy work

4. Next, I primed the window with one coat of Kilz primer. I used up the last bit I had left. Yay stash busting! Yay excuse to go to the hardware store!  I also sanded the legs and primed them, but somehow didnt end up with a picture of anything wet on the newspaper. I coulda swore I took those pictures, but they are not on the computer or camera anywhere…hmmm….

5. Then, I covered the panes with newspaper and taped them off.  Then I applied several coats of the aqua turquoise paint to everything and let it dry overnight. 

This is the result, my quaint little cottage window coffee table. I think it looks good with my dark blue sofa. It brightens up the room a bit! Now if I could keep my daughter from picking at the calk. She keeps peeling it (she is way beyond the put things in her mouth phase, just a compulsive peeler) so the middle pane divider thingies are not as pretty as I would like. Ah…kids. Aren’t they grand? 🙂

My Cottage Window Coffee Table

 

Pine Cone Earrings from Toilet Paper Roll

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Today I realized I have a big bag full of toilet paper rolls that we have been saving for crafts…and no crafts have come to mind to use them up!  So I pulled out my ol’ jewelry supply tackle box (yep, i keep my supplies in a big tackle box!) and made some pine cone earrings. Later on down the road I will go into more detail, or perhaps post a tutorial…if that interests anyone…but here are a few grainy webcam pictures of me wearing the funky T.P. Pine cone Earrings!

Painted Cork Memo Board

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I am a compulsive note writer. I am constantly jotting lists or scribbling reminders to myself, only to lose them. I am known to rewrite the same list many times, because I am a scatterbrain! One of my goals this year is to get more organized…so I made a little cork memo board for my kitchen entry way.

Craft Cork Memo Board

First, cut the craft corks into wafers. I probably should have gone thicker, but whats done is done. 🙂

Craft cork slices

Since the craft frame did not come with a backing, I made one from paint stirrers. I cut them down to size with an X-Acto knife (carefully!) then hot glued them together. Yours may have a backing, in which case just use that one.

Paint stir backing

Next,  glue the wafers in neat little rows, onto the backing. I lined them all up first to make sure they would fit.Once the glue is dry (2-3 minutes), you can paint. I used some leftover Krylon that I had in the garage, and did a few even coats. I did let just a little of the dark wood frame show through.

a few quick coats

Let dry overnight

Let it dry overnight. I hung it on a stray picture nail that was in the kitchen, but it looked a little naked.

Plain Jane

I had some clip pins left over from my office cubicle days, and I added a few. I LOVE the way this looks in my kitchen, and since it is right near the door…no more excuses not to remember to grab milk!

GET MILK, WOMAN!

Maybe this will help me not lose the grocery list,hmm? 😉

By my back door, next to the fridge