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« on: August 20, 2009 11:59:56 PM »

Haven't posted in awhile but it's summer and I've had a lot of time.

Last month I came across a set of windows at a yard sale, for FREE! Even though I had nothing in particular in mind to do with them, I couldn't pass them up.

So, I'm moving into a new apartment in a week, and this apartment, being a serious upgrade from my old apartment, actually has room for a coffee table (i.e., NOT A STUDIO!). But that doesn't mean I have the budget for anything besides an 80's thrift store monstrosity. Yes, there are diamonds in the rough, but I didn't feel like looking. I've spent enough time at thrift stores lately as it is.

After seeing this blog post (http://www.designspongeonline.com/2009/08/before-after-renees-door-turned-table.html), inspiration struck. I decided I could part with an old Target stool that could be taken apart. It had two holes in each leg already, and so I figured out what size I needed and went to the hardware store.

I got 8 carriage bolts, 1/4" diameter and 2.5" long, and 8 nuts. They only had the chrome finish, or else I would've gotten copper or brass. Oh well. I think it looks industrial.

So basically I just drilled corresponding holes in the window to match up with the ones that were already on the stool/table legs, making sure to drill on the side of the window that I wanted to be facing up (it looks neater). From there it was just simple assembly: bolt, window, leg, nut, and then a good tighten.

I like it! Unfortunately, it wil be somewhat delicate...drinks only! It's only a single pane window and therefore not meant to hold stacks of books or anything. But as long as we don't use it as a footrest too often, I think it'll be okay.



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« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2009 07:52:21 AM »

Very clever.  Maybe you could replace the glass with something a little more durable.  It looks great anyway.
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« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2009 09:53:44 AM »

Thanks! Yeah I wondered if it'd be possible to replace the glass...but we'll see what it can withstand first.
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« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2009 01:34:01 PM »

That looks really neat! Smiley It might be a good idea to put clear contact paper or some kind of cling film on the underside (top too, if you think it wouldn't get too scuffed) so if it does break, the pieces won't go in someone's foot or something. Regardless, it's a cool idea.
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« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2009 09:33:32 PM »

^Great idea! Thank you!
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« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2009 10:30:48 AM »

I like this. It might be expensive, but you could to to a glass place that installs windows etc and get a piece of tempered glass to place on top of your table for extra durability. The contact paper idea was nice for the bottom, but attaching tempered tot he top would make it extra durable. Nice idea. We have some old windows we got from an estate auction that I have been meaning to use for decor in my son's room for the past 3 years... Maybe this would work as an alternative since that doesn't seem to be happening.
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« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2009 09:39:12 AM »

It looks amazing I must say.

For safety and strength you could possibly attach some perspex to the bottom? You can get in in clear and coloured kind of plastics, transparants and solids...

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