Years ago while in DC, I happened upon an old run down florist shop. The owner had numerous old windows in his backyard. I approached him and asked him if I could go picking. I believe he was intrigued, because he walked me back to the piles of windows and was telling me where and when he acquired the different piles. I picked up this one and a companion for next to nothing. I had wanted to make a coffee table, so I talked it over with my husband. If I agreed to strip, sand and repaint it, he would help me on the project.
He first built a box out of MDF(medium density fiberboard). I was off to the hardware store to have replacement glass made for the door. I was on the hunt for 4 legs and some hinges which I found at Lowes. I replaced the rusted handle, which I used in a later project(another blog), with a vintage looking glass drawer handle.
Once it was painted out and put together, I wanted to display items that I could easily change in and out with the seasons. I took a scrap of leftover fabric, ironed it out and laid it in the bottom of the drawer. Here are a few looks when completed. Notice that I didn't sand out all of the imperfections on the window. I think this gives it a bit of character.
This has to be one of our all time favorite projects. I still haven't used the partner window.
I was thinking of creating a wall shelf unit to house snow globes. Let's leave that for another day.....