Jan 042012

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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  7 Responses to “Upcycled Shutters Side Table”

  1. Adorei essa idéia!

  2. do you think one could make shelves out of shutters and if so any ideas on how to make the shelves?

    • That’s a great idea, Lisa. That would work with shutters that are flush with the window frame. The ones I used have blinds that extend out from the frame of the window, which would be a problem for putting things on. But with the right kind of shutters you can make a shelf by adding two shelf brackets under the shutters, and you’re good to go! Good luck!

  3. I don’t know how I missed this before, did I miss it? The table is stunning, its been pinned to my list of projects 🙂 Have a great Wednesday!

  4. I love this upcycled / recycled end table. You could even slant the shutters upward for a beautiful uplight in a hall or foyer. Yet another unique, amazing DIY project–great job, Marta!

  5. Great work! Thanks for sharing the Vaseline idea.