Upcycle Old Windows Into Nesting Coffee Tables

nesting window tables

Home renovation projects often have the domino effect for fixing one thing, then coming up with a new project based on that fix. In this case, though, the updated building installations can become the furniture for the room. By reusing two or more outdated windows and adding a few simple additions, you’ll have nesting tables that are perfect for storing in a small space, and expanding for entertaining. In this case, your new furniture pieces will be more like Russian nesting dolls than dominos, making this project all fun and games.

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Step 1

 Open Galleryillustration of windows

Select and clean your windows. Windows with a wooden frame at least 1.5” wide work best. If you want tables to stack neatly together, choose windows that are at least 5” different in width.  

Step 2

 Open Galleryillustration of table legs

Prepare the coffee table legs taking the 2” x 2” x 8’ boards and cutting 4 pieces to 15” and 4 pieces to 18”. The different heights will allow the tables to nest together. 

Step 3

 Open Galleryillustration of L brackets

Attach two L brackets to the top edge of each cut piece. Make sure that the bracket is flush with the top edge and that the two brackets are on neighboring edges.  

Step 4

 Open Galleryillustration of table legs

Then, place the top side of the window face down on the floor or other flat surface. If you have a small and large window, use the shorter legs for the small window. Attach the legs at each of the corners of the window by drilling in the open side of the L brackets. Repeat for the other window.  

Step 5

 Open Galleryillustration of window table

Tape off the window with painters tape. Then paint the window, brackets, and legs. Let dry completely.  

Step 6

 Open Galleryillustration of table legs

To give your tables a distressed look, you can sand the edges lightly with a sanding sponge. Your newly remade windows will “clearly” be a great upcycled end table solution.  

Materials

  • 2 old windows with wooden frames
  • 2 pieces of 2” x 2” x 8’
  • 16 small L brackets
  • paint

Tools

  • hand saw or jigsaw
  • drill
  • Phillips-head drill bit
  • wood screws
  • painters tape
  • paintbrush
  • sanding sponge
About Tiffany Threadgould 

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I am a design junkie who gives scrap materials a second life and the head of design at TerraCycle, a company that collects and creates products from waste. My ...

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