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?
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.
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.
Upcycled cupola garden table
Louver portion was removed.
Pieces of the bottom portion of cupola were hammered back into place.
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 a scratch awl and a metal ruler.
Handle was spray pained and put back on in reverse.
Cabinet door was placed on top of cupola.
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.
This table just so happens to remind me of all those storage cellars on the streets of Philadelphia.
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
10 Easy No-Paint Decorating Tips
Sign up for our Newsletter and get these 10 free tips for updating any room without having to use paint.