I’ve mentioned in another post that I am creating a Mad Hatter inspired garden area in my back yard.  Part of it will include an area where my kids and I can read, tell stories, and have snacks at a whimsical table.  Thanks to Habitat for Humanity, I found the pieces I needed for my table!

Repurposed-DoorI was thrilled to be invited to participate in Habitat for Humanity‘s #DontTrashIt campaign.  Those of you who are familiar with my blog know that I love to craft with inexpensive, thrifted, and repurposed items.  I’ve shopped at Habitat stores in the past, but this was my first visit to the main San Antonio store.

What a treat!  I immediately found the perfect door (there were hundreds to choose from!) and it was a steal at just $50.  I purchased reclaimed wood (at 25 cents per piece) to make legs for the table, but I later ended up spotting a table headed to the trash and claimed it.  The legs were perfect for my project, so I’m saving the wood I bought at Habitat to use for benches to go with my table.  (Check back soon for that post!)

Door (only $50 at Habitat for Humanity)
Table legs (roadside rescue)
DecoArt Glass Stains
Spray Paint (Krylon Satin Black)


Step one:  Clean the glass and brush on the Glass Stain paints.  Paint the glass on the side that will be the bottom of the table.  Let dry for 24 hours.


Step two:  Attach the legs to the table.  My awesome husband did this part for me, so the details from me will be skimpy.  He used screws to attach the legs and braces.


Step three:  Cut a circle of wood to fill the hole where the door knob was.  Fill all holes with wood filler.  Once it’s dry, sand it.

Step four:  Use painters tape to cover the glass.  Spray paint the table.  I did two applications.  I liked the distressed look of the table legs so I left them as is.


When it’s dry, remove the tape, clean the glass, and admire your new table!  I love the way the light reflects the color of the glass onto the ground.


My kids are enchanted by the glass and like to hold objects under it and watch the colors change.  They also like to sit under it, look up, and see the sky in different colors.  That’s exactly what I wanted to create with this table:  wonder, joy, excitement, and conversation.  A place where we can gather and relax.


Obviously, to be functional for dining it will need a glass top or sturdy (possibly wood) place mats.  With shorter legs it could be an awesome coffee table.  So many options!


Whether you’re looking for materials for a project or looking for a place to donate your items to, please consider Habitat for Humanity’s stores!  If you’re in the San Antonio area, you have three stores to choose from!

Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio owns and operates the Habitat Home Centers located at 311 Probandt, 5482 Walzem and 8125 Meadow Leaf. The Habitat Home Centers are home improvement thrift stores that sell both new and used home improvement materials to the public; they also take in donated items from businesses and individuals. All proceeds from sales in these stores help Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio. To make donations please call 210-223-3647.
Twitter link:  (@311Homecenter)
Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post.  I received supplies from Habitat San Antonio, but all ideas, projects, and opinions are my own.


  1. The table looks BEAUTIFUL !!!!! I have to ask if you first stripped the door before you painted it? I am working on stripping 100 year old stained glass windows and I am having a hard time bring it back to the original wood. This is a project for my sister-in-law that asked if I could do this for her. I have used a couple of different stripping chemicals and the paint just does not want to come completely off. I am close and have 98% of it off, and even with sanding and sanding I just can’t get it down to the bare wood. Do you have any suggestions? I can really use the help. I want them to come out so nice for her. Thank you for any help you can lend.

  2. AND, if you ever want to repurpose the door again – use it as a headboard. I may have to make one of these, just to lay under it and look at the colors!!! Not in my back yard though, all I would see is a 60 lb Aussiedoodle in technicolor!!

  3. Janjill, we used the legs and “braces” (sorry, I don’t know the correct term!) from the the salvaged table to put under the door. If you don’t find a table to reuse, here’s a tutorial that shows how to build it yourself:

    Debbie, a 100 year old window sounds amazing! I’d love to see pictures! This door had been sloppily repainted with a flat paint, so I just had to sand it it. I wish I knew how to help you! Good luck with your project and I’d love to see updates.

  4. I was immediately drawn in with the color,I want to do a similar treatment and have it as my craft room door. I wasn’t planning on filling in all the glass so I could still see through in some spaces. Thanks for showing me how good it would look, awesome job!!

  5. GREAT Job! I haven’t used stained glass paint yet! Looks easy enough! And YES what a score on that door!! Thank you for sharing on CSI Project “Thrift Store Turnaround”!


  6. It’s all fun and games till you remember that that glass isn’t tempered and can break and cut someone. It should at least be taped with packing tape from the bottom.

  7. The door turned glass stained table table is breath taking. Great job & great tutorial !!! Thanks for sharing.


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