Antique window turned into a table!

Last week I got to Guest post at Someday Crafts!  This week I’m posting it here for my own records.  I’m sure you have all already seen it, since this crafts is probably how most of you found me!  This craft is actually how I met Michelle (@ Someday Crafts). She mentioned on her blog that she had some old windows from the house they are remodeling that she was selling and she would be in Salt Lake. I didn’t have anything in mind, but knew that getting some old windows was just too good to pass up. So met up with her over spring break and picked up 4 of the windows she had available.
window table old frames someday crafts farmhouse
Then it hit me… A table for my family room! So I picked out the longest, double paned, window and got to work! If you find a window that you love JUST THE WAY IT IS than this will be much easier for you than it ended up being for me. the plan was to leave it, but then my husband got all worried about lead paint. And he had a very good point. Our kids tend to bite things, our pet pig chews on things and well it’s just not the best idea to have lots of lead paint around. SO I decided to clean it up and repaint it.
old window table before painted hardware copy
I started by cleaning up the glass, I like to use a razor blade. You can clean anything off glass with a good sharp razor blade. It’s better than windex. And it’s pretty quick and easy.
window table craft cleaning
Then I decided to clean up the painted over hardware. I didn’t want it too look brand new, but wanted to get the paint off. I started with some gritty sandpaper (1), but quickly moved to my handy dremel (2)! I love this tool, and use it more than I expected to when my husband gave it to me for Christmas 2 years ago!. After using a heavy duty sanding head I moved down to the smoother sanding head. You can see that it didn’t make it look new, it still looks worn and old, but at least no paint or rust on it anymore (3).
old window table sand hardware clean take off paint and rust copy
This is where things went from an easy craft to a difficult one. When I was vacuuming up after sanding down the hardware I noticed that the glass had a HUGE crack in it. I guess better that the old, weak glass broke before I finished, but it did add a new dimension to the project. Now that it’s over I have to say I’m glad it broke. I decided to take out both glass panes and replace it with thicker, stronger Plexi-glass. Now when my kids climb on the table (which you know they will) I won’t have to worry (as much). Since it would make this post WAY to long check out how I replaced the glass with plastic sheeting on my older post!
old window table tutorial craft broken glass
I didn’t want to sand off all the layers of paint (I think there were at LEAST 6 layers of paint), not only because of the lead paint dust, but because I would go through WAY to many sanding belts. So I stripped it. If you’ve ever stripped something let me tell you it’s kind of fun! You paint it on, and let it sit until it blisters (1), then scrape it off (1) and if it needs it (Because the paint was so thick) strip it again (3).
old window table stripped take off lead paint copy
I decided to take off the hardware (1) so I could sand the remaining paint down without the hardware getting in the way or getting damaged (2). Look how pretty (3)! I sanded the top and the sides, but I didn’t bother stripping or sanding the underside. This is the point where my husband said I should have just made my own window! Silly man, it’s still an old window and very well made at that.
old window table stripped sanded hardware taken off copy
Next comes the fun, the PAINT! I started by sealing the wood with a polyacrylic. I knew that as I aged the piant and window the underneath area would show through and I needed it to be treated correctly. Then I painted the bottom and sides with my acrylic black wood/metal paint (1). I went with black, it’s simply my favorite color, and also because I found some black Behr paint in the “as is” paint section at the hardware store for $5! Then I got out my crackle paint (2). This stuff is over 4 years old and still in great shape. You’ll want to play around with it to see what results you want. I knew I didn’t wan’t small crackles, but longer rips, crackles. So I went with a thin layer of the Crackles and I used Acrylic paint over the top instead of water based and I brushed over it more than once. I think it ended up PERFECT (3 & 4)! If the result you want is more crackle you’ll want to use a water based paint and only spread on the top layer once, don’t over brush.
old table window crackle paint age  copy
After it dried for a good 24 hours I sanded down the edges, inside (1) and out (2). Then sealed the whole table with the same polycrylic that I sealed the wood with originally (3). I did 3 layers of the polycrylic, sanding with 220 grit in between each layer.
window table old sanded aged crackle paint seal polycrylic copy
I got my table legs at Home Depot, but I’m sure any hardware store will have them. They had all kinds of heights and options. They had 4 inch, 8 inch, 15 inch and up to 30 inch legs. I went with the 15 inch legs, because I want this to go in front of my couch. I actually loved how this table turned out and am thinking about useing one of the smaller windows I have left and making a taller table to go next to the couch, with the 30 inch legs!
ANYWAY… this is only part of the project I regret. I thought about ageing them with the crackle paint, but decided against it because they are already so detailed AND I wanted the focus on the window. I’m happy with that decision. I went ahead and primed them before painting to save on paint. That is what I regret I wish I had sealed them with the poly acrylic so that I could have sanded the edges down just a bit. Oh well. I used a small 1 inch foam brush to get each of these 8 sides painted smoothly and get the details.
old window table tutorial craft legs painted
The legs I bought came with screws already installed. So I matched up my drill head with the screw (1). You don’t want to go as wide as the teeth, just inside the teeth to the main part of the post (I’m sure it has a proper name, but I don’t know, sorry!). Then I marked on the frame (bottom of course) where I needed to place my holes and CAREFULLY drilled in just over 1/4 of an inch (length of the screw on the leg) (2 & 3).
old window table drilling hole for leg copy
The best way to install the legs is up to you. I decided to go with Gorilla glue. So following the instructions I got the wood on the leg post damp (1). Then squirted the glue into the holes I drilled (2). Remember that the gorilla glue expands so don’t use too much! And finally screwed the leg into the pre drilled/glued holes!
old window table adding legs gorilla glue copy
To finish up I glued/screwed in all 4 legs. Then flipped it over and added weights. I also put the hardware back on at this point! Then I just had to leave it to dry! It’s finished! Yipee!
old windo table final drying add hardware copy
So it’s done and time to take the final pretty shot!  BUT we’re in the middle of moving everything around in the basement we’re living in so we can do some remodeling.  SO I don’t have anyplace to set this up… YET.  I know JUST where it’s going to go when I’m done, but for now it’s sitting stacked in a room with other misc stuff…  So here it is, right side up, but sadly not decorated!  I am SO pleased with how this turned out!  I just love it, it’s exactly what I imagined when I started this project!  I hope you guys like it, try it and send me the pictures!
old window table finished final
Thanks again Michelle!  I can’t tell you how much fun it was working on this and getting it ready for the guest tutorial!

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Replacing Glass in an old window

I recently used an old Window (really old, like from a 100 year old farmhouse) in a craft project.  After doing some light sanding I was vacuming and nudged the frame.  I’m not sure how it happened but the glass completely cracked!  It’s actually a good thing it cracked when it did because it would have broken at some point, being old and brittle glass, and this way I could fix it during the project instead of later on down the road.
old window table tutorial craft broken glass
Since I was making it into a table I wanted it to be as strong as possible, knowing my kids will be pretty rough with it, if not climbing all over it.  SO I decided to replace it with plastic sheeting instead of glass.  I went to Lowes to get it.  They have a terrific selection.  I went with one that is not only 10 times stronger than glass but nice and thick so it’s strong and not too flexible.  The nice thing about Lowes is that they had a cutting center right there for me.  Last time I got some plastic sheeting (for a picture frame I was mailing) I had to cut it myself at home…  It was a DISASTER.  So this cutting station was a dream come true.
old window table plastic sheeting replacing glass copy
The window is actually 2 paned and one of the panes had obviously been replaced once before.  It was very easy to get out.  I scrapped and peeled off all the silicone, and took out the glazing points.  After that the glass came RIGHT out.
replacing glass on window pulilng it out scrap old silicone copy
The broken pane was MUCH harder.  I mean a real pain in the neck.  It wasn’t sealed in, it was built in.  You can see here the difference.  On the left it’s nice and cut away.  On the right the wood is actually built over the glass.  I had to cut down the red line on three sides of the glass to get it out.
old window table taking out window cutting away wood copy
To do this I turned to my handy Dremel.  Equipet with a cutting circle I set to work.
old window table tutorial craft dremel cutting wheel
It was pretty thick, and I actually went through a few of the cutting wheel.  It would have helped if the wheel had been just a bit bigger.  I had to go over the cut area a few times to get it deep enough.
replacing glass in window using dremel cutting wheel out
I thought it would slide right out after I got the three sides cut away.  But NO.  It had been built SO tight (that’s a good thing, you want your window tight) that the glass was really wedged into that fourth side.  So back to the dremel!  I used the cutting wheel to try to widen the gap down there.  It took quite a while but I finally got all the glass out!
old window table tutorial craft cutting out glass dremel
THEN I realized (when trying to fit in the plastic) that since the old window was much thinner I actually had to widen the side of the window that the “glass” is supposed to slide into.  You can see here, the brown is the gap now, and the red dashed line is how much wider that opening needs to be so the “glass” can slide into that 4th side~
replacing window glass larger enlarging opening with dremel copy
I knew that my normal cutting wheel wouldn’t be good enough for this one, so I got out my Reinforced wheel!  MUCH better!  It still took a bit of time, but it did the job, and did it well!
old window table tutorial craft dremel reinforced wheel
FINALLY it was ready to install my new “glass”.  Same window, just painted.  I actually squeezed some of the silicone into the gap first,but I forgot to take a picture of it.  I wanted the window panes to be as secure as possible.  Then I peeled off the protective plastic, slid the glass into the 4th side and set it down into the rest of the frame!  Voila!  Perfect fit!
replacing window glass with thick plastic putting in place copy
Since you install the glass on the back side of what will be a table It needed to be VERY secure.  So I used Glazing Points first.  You take these metal… points, and place them on the “glass”.  Then using something strong and flat slide them into the wood to secure the “glass” in place.  This works great on picture frames that don’t have the bendy (I know it’s not a word, but you know what I’m talking about!) metal parts too.
replacing window glass with plastic glazing points insert copy
And finally seal it in with silicone.  I know my kids are going to attempt climbing on my new table so I asked for and got the STRONGEST stuff out on the market today.  But if you want to be prettier they do have paint-able silicone so you can blend it in better.  After squeezing a nice thick bead down all three sides (the 4th side doesn’t have a ledge to hid it from the other side, another reason I squeezed the silicone into the gap before sliding the “glass” in) you’ll want to smooth it down.
old window table sealing glass in
They have all sorts of tools for making this look nice, but honestly I just use my finger… I like getting my hands into a project, I get a better feel for it that way, the right pressure and getting it even and stuff.  Using plastic tools and I tend to hesitate, or bump it or make a mistake of some kind.  Anyway, smooth it out, clean up the excess and let it dry~
old window table smoothing sealant
And there you go!  New “glass” window pane’s installed in my 100 year old window frame!

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