Vintage Window and Thrift Store Legs Side Table

15 Materials
$20
4 Hours
Medium

If you love taking bits and pieces of old salvage and putting them together to make something totally new, I have the perfect fun project for you.
vintage window and thrift store legs side table
Today I'm taking a table base, (a thrift store find) a vintage window and mirror effect spray paint and making a unique side table with a great mercury glass paint technique.
vintage window and thrift store legs side table
Windows are not known for having equal borders, so first up, chopping all the excess window frame with a circular saw so I have an equal frame surrounding the entire window.

Use a dust mask and cut outdoors if you can to take extra precautions with the old paint.  Sand the newly cut edges.

 Use a razor blade to get rid of extra stuck on paint and clean out any old glazing that is falling out.
vintage window and thrift store legs side table
The window is all clean and dust free.  What I’m using to make the window into a vintage mirror is vinegar and water (about half and half) in a spray bottle,  Rust-Oleum Mirror Spray , black spray paint and a couple pieces of paper towels for blotting. The effect we're aiming for is a speckled mercury style mirror.
vintage window and thrift store legs side table
I'm working on the underside of the window. The only reason the pane is taped off is that I wanted to test my technique before attacking the entire window.

Lightly spray the window with the vinegar mixture and while the window is still wet, spray an even coat of the mirror spray over the vinegar. Wait about 20 seconds then respray with the mirror spray. Wait 20 more seconds then gently blot off the wet vinegar with the paper towel. Don’t let the spray paint dry completely so you’ll have to work fairly quickly.

If you need to, you can repeat one or two more times until you get the look you desire.  If you rub a little harder with your paper towel  you’ll get a larger black area showing thru. 
vintage window and thrift store legs side table
When the mirror paint is dry, spray paint over the mirror paint with black paint.
vintage window and thrift store legs side table
The darker black areas are where I rubbed a little more of the mirror spray paint off and the black spray paint is showing thru.
vintage window and thrift store legs side table
If you’re using your mirror on a wall then you are already done.  I’m converting mine to a tabletop so I have a few more steps.

Using a pine 2×2, I cut a frame not quite as large as the window frame, sanded  and nailed in place.

Where the glaze fell out (pretty much everywhere) I’m recaulking the panes.
vintage window and thrift store legs side table
A couple pieces of scrap 1×6’s are cut to fit and span the inside of the frame. Nail from the outside.
vintage window and thrift store legs side table
Those 1×6’s are there to hold the legs.
vintage window and thrift store legs side table
I spray painted the legs with a semi gloss black and screwed them to the window.

Paint the top of the table as desired.
vintage window and thrift store legs side table
My table was given a coat of white paint. The white was followed with a coat of teal chalk paint.  

Sanding reveals all the layers of paint then follow with a coat of vintage wax.
vintage window and thrift store legs side table
Creating the mirror was way easier than I thought it would be.  The hardest part (not that it was that hard) was prepping the window.

If you need more of the step by step pictures, how the top was painted and more vintage window ideas please stop by Scavenger Chic at the link below.

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  • Ken Facciol
    on Sep 17, 2018

    This looks great although I'm trying to figure out why the windows were painted black when it was not in the end product. Using the three legs on the table was a great idea as gives it an asymmetrical look as opposed to the mundane four legs you see on tables all the time. Great job


    • ScavengerChic
      on Sep 17, 2018

      The black paint is on the back of the window, it finishes the window effect and the mercury glass effect.

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  • Heje
    on Oct 2, 2018

    Thanks for the inspiration and the easy to follow instructions!

  • Sherry
    on Oct 15, 2018

    I have a window I had envisioned this project, now I have instructions :-) im hoping mine will look close to as great as yours! Thanks so much!

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