Upcycled Cupola Garden Table

You are probably wondering what on earth a cupola is, right? Well, it’s that small boxy looking extension piece that is often found on top of a roof. You know that thing. It usually has louvers and it always has its very own tiny roof. In the old days they were used as a look-out point, or to let light in, or to let air escape.  Many a farmhouse have weather vanes positioned on top of the cupola. Double function, who could ask for more?

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Modern versions of the cupola are often for decor only, and in our case thank goodness, because we had a crumbling one on top of our garage.

Ken took ours down last fall and wanted to toss it right in the fire pit.  Not so fast there, buddy.

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So, he tucked it away in the hobby shed instead, along with a couple of salvaged doors from a cabinet that was hanging in the garage.

Now it’s spring and I’m clearing out the shed and that’s basically the story of how this garden table came to be.

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Upcycled cupola garden table

Louver portion was removed.

Pieces of the bottom portion of cupola were hammered back into place.

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Handle and hinges of cabinet door were removed.

Face of door was flipped (the inside looked better) and given a faux plank wood treatment with an awl and a metal ruler.

Handle was spray pained and put back on in reverse.

Cabinet door was placed on top of cupola.

A garden table repurposed from an old weather vane cupola and a cabinet door - diy-table-garden-furniture - StowAndTellU.com

I did not glue or nail the cabinet door to cupola.  For now it’s working “as is” because the door fits over the top so nicely. I might consider attaching it permanently down the road, or who knows, turn the cupola into a planter.

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This table just so happens to remind me of all those storage cellars on the streets of Philadelphia.

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And here’s the table with our spray painted plastic chairs.

We’re having electricity run to the hobby shed this weekend, so I have a lot more clearing to do.  I’m sure that Ken is hoping I’ll put more into the donation pile and turn less into garden furniture. ~ Amy

 
 

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8 Responses to Upcycled Cupola Garden Table

  1. Anne May 25, 2016 at 8:29 am #

    Super cute Amy! I love this look!

  2. chris aka monkey May 25, 2016 at 12:51 pm #

    poor ken just doesn’t have your vision lol, this is really freaking cool, with a big potted plant on top or a tray of cold beer(maybe ken would love it then lol ) xx

  3. Doreen@foxdenrd May 30, 2016 at 7:26 pm #

    You’re at it again! Fabulous idea Amy!

  4. Bliss June 3, 2016 at 9:31 am #

    How cute is that!

  5. Michelle Leslie June 5, 2016 at 11:06 am #

    Stunning and yes I had absolutely no idea what a cupola was, lol!! Your garden is so pretty BTW <3

    • Amy June 8, 2016 at 12:23 am #

      Honestly I didn’t know that it was called a cupola, either, lol. Thanks so much for stopping by, Michelle xx

  6. laurel@chippingwithcharm June 18, 2016 at 9:42 am #

    Love this…great save!!

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