Make a Pane Glass Window Table

If you have an old pane glass window and you don’t know what to do with it, don’t throw it away. You can turn an old pane glass window into a beautiful end table or coffee table. Even if you don’t have woodworking experience, you can make a beautiful table that looks professionally made. Best of all, your pane glass window table can be designed to match any color or dÃ?©cor.

Note: Use a piece of plexiglas or tempered glass over the finished table to avoid serious injury to children or pets.

The following easy instructions for making a pane glass window table will enable you to insert small items such as photos, drawings, bric-a-brac, awards, and anything else you want to display and protect under glass. A pane glass window table can add beauty and interest to any room in your home.

Necessary Supplies

To make a table from an old pane glass window you’ll need a pane glass window that’s in good condition, painter’s tape, paint, fine grade sandpaper, paintbrushes, wood screws, a power drill, four small brackets, and four table legs. Unfinished table legs can be found at home improvement stores.

Depending on the condition of the wood and the paint on your old pane glass window, you might need to strip or scrape away the old paint. Also, if you’re unsure whether or not the paint is oil-base or acrylic, you will need to use primer or repaint the frame with oil-base paint. If you try to cover oil-base paint with latex paint, the paint won’t adhere.


Keep in mind that a windowpane manufactured before 1980 could have been coated with lead base paint. If you are unsure of the age of the paint on your old windowpane, take the necessary precautions to prevent inhaling paint dust while scraping or sanding away old paint. Also, if you have children, promptly dispose of any paint chips.


Prepare your old windowpane for a fresh coat of paint, and cover the edges of the glass with painter’s tape. Taking the time to apply tape to the glass will save a lot of scraping later.

Drill small pilot holes through the top of the frame, and attach the legs with wood screws. Also, attach brackets of appropriate size to the legs and the frame to give the table more stability.

Paint the window frame and table legs, and if necessary, apply a second coat of paint after the first coat has completely dried. After the paint dries, carefully peel away the tape, and clean the glass.

Your pane glass window table is ready to use, or you can buy a piece of heavy glass or a sheet of clear Plexiglas to cover the top of the pane glass window table. Contact your local glass or window repair store. They’ll be able to cut it to the proper size. Insert the items you want to display under the glass, and enjoy your beautiful pane glass window table.

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