Make a coffee table in Marakesh Style with Maryam Montague

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In a world filled with beige interiors, Morocco is the perfect antidote: a refuge for addicts of saturated color, a haven for devotees of intricate pattern, a destination for admirers of striking architecture. For anyone who wants to add Morocco’s spicy design mix into their own home, Maryam Montague, the personality behind the award-winning blog My Marrakesh, explains how to do so in her book Marrakesh by Design.

Maryam’s eye for interior design has garnered features on HGTV and the Travel Channel. She also runs her own carpet and textile business, Red Thread Souk. Maryam’s destination, lifestyle, and design blog, My Marrakesh, has millions of followers and was voted Best African Weblog in the 2011 Annual Weblog Awards. Maryam resides in Marrakesh with her husband, their two children, and three peacocks.

I love the DIY ideas in the book, from  how to make the coffee table here to how to make furniture polish to  how to create a morrocan style bed. Maryam even includes recipes for the kind of  beauty treatments one might get at the hammam.

Window frames can be easily converted into tables, and those with decorative metal grilles are particularly appropriate. Most Moroccan window frames have been repainted several times throughout the years, and the underlying colors show through from chips and scratches, adding a nice texture to the piece. Moroccan windows come in many sizes, but they are rarely large enough to make into a dining table; dining tables are best made from an old door. (The steps are similar to those for creating a window coffee table.)

Materials
• Vintage window frame • Sandpaper • Paint, stain, or varnish (optional) • Wood for legs • Circular saw • Corner bracket angles to attach legs • Electric drill • Wood screws • Screwdriver • Table leg levelers/feet (optional) • Glass tabletop, cut to size (optional) • — inch x :-inch wood strips (optional)

Preparation
If necessary, sand the window frame and either stain or paint it. You can choose to simply leave it as is, too. Clean the surface before moving on.

Directions
1. Consider the dimensions of the window frame when sizing the legs. They should not be too spindly or too beefy-proportion is the key. Most legs are well proportioned at 3 inches (7.5 cm) square, but use your judgment and taste. The wood you use should be similar to the wood in the frame, unless the window is painted, in which case you may choose to paint the legs to match. The height of the table must be considered; 18 to 22 inches (46 to 56 cm) is fairly standard, but measure other tables to get the exact height you desire. Remember to consider the table leg levelers (see step 3) when cutting the length of wood for the legs with a circular saw. Sand and bevel the bottom of the wood legs slightly to give them a more finished appearance.

2. Fasten the legs to the window frame with the metal brackets. Follow the instructions on the package for installation. It is best to drill pilot holes in the wood so the screws do not split it. The pilot hole should be 1?32 to 1?16 inch (1 to 2 mm) smaller than the screw diameter and is necessary if using a hard wood versus a soft wood, such as pine.

3. If using, fasten the leg levelers/feet. Adjustable leg levelers/feet may be purchased at most hardware stores and help to balance the table on uneven surfaces (or if you accidentally make one of the legs slightly shorter than the others). Attach per instructions on the package.

4. If you want an inset glass tabletop, it will need to sit on a lip or edge support. Cut thin strips of wood approximately : inch (1.9 cm) tall and – inch (1.3 cm) wide. Fasten them with screws below the top edge of the window frame, so that they can support the glass. These strips of wood can be painted or varnished to complement the window frame.

5. Place the glass on top of the table. Give it a final wipe-down and place the table in the location of your choice.

note: The tabletop glass should be . inch to 5?16 inches (6 to 8 mm) thick, depending on the size of the window frame. (Consult with a glass supplier for a recommendation on thickness.) Measure the size carefully, as glass cannot be shaved like wood, and vintage window frames are often slightly out of square. You might consider making a template out of cardboard or kraft paper to bring to the glass supplier. Have the glass edges polished and, for a sophisticated touch, beveled.

Excerpted from Marrakesh by Design by Maryam Montague (Artisan Books). Copyright 2012.

 

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10 Habits of Happy Mothers
Pretty pearls- and a gem of a book

This is not the story you think it is: A season of unlikely happiness
April 24, 2011 Show Details
Who do you think you are? Tracing your family tree

Wear this, Toss that with Amy Goodman
April 3, 2011 Show Details
The 5 Love Languages by Dr. Gary Chapman

How Never to Look Fat Again
Tips to help you prosper from Jean Chatzky
Make your own (Irish) luck!

Wednesday Words: Roald Dahl
Feed Your Face
Halfway to Each Other: How a year in Italy brought our family home

How to: Make a Terrarium
Be the Queen of Your Own Life
Good Dog!

Game Night
The Flavor Bible
Steven Raichlen

98 Things We all Need
Food Jobs with Irena Chalmers
Lisa Lillien, The Hungry Girl

Soups on
Ethan Becker chats about Joy of Cooking
Junk Beautiful

Small Space Living: 10 Design Mistakes to Avoid
Winemaker Paul Draper
The Art of Happiness

The Naked Pint with The Beer Chicks
Tips from the happiest cultures in the world
A poem: The Invitation

The Power of Small
Mom still likes you best
Tips for feeding kids

The Busy Mom's Guide
Talk to me like I'm someone you love
10 things to say to keep the peace

The Dating Optimist
Fight Less Love More
Cosmic Coupling

The Hard Times Happiness Revival
Live More Want Less
Tips for renting just about anything
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Ask the Expert: Add some WOW to your Curb Appeal
May 18, 2014 Show Details: It's a Green Thumbs-Up Show
April 6, 2014 Show Details: SPRING is in the AIR!

April 27, 2014 Show Details: April Showers bring May Flowers
Organic Lawn Care with Matt Mauer and Pure Lawn Organic Lawncare
All fired Up! Get your grill on.

March 16, 2014 Show Details: Color Me Green
February 23, 2014 Show Details: Home Grown Fresh & Hot
WOW your Spring Window Boxes

November 10, 2013 Show Details: It’s a Thankful time of year - Thank you to our Veterans
September 1, 2013 Show Details: Locally Grown...it's all about Cincy
Bret Schneider shares Fall planting tips and trends

July 21, 2013 Show Details: Creating Memories...Food, Family and Fun!
Rita's Herb Tips
April 7, 2013 Show Details: April Showers Bring...

March 3, 2013 Show Details: WOW Women of Power
Find an hour in your day with organizer Lisa Woodruff
January 13, 2013 Show Details: Fuel Saving Tips for your Car, your Wardrobe and your Body

Health Food for Your Vehicle from Pam Oakes
December 16, 2012 Show Details: MMM, it smells like the Holiday's!
Carter Oosterhouse and a DIY Holiday

December 9, 2012 Show Details: All that Glitters
Ana White and her HANDBUILT HOME
New Year's Eve Feng Shui from Ellen Whitehurst

WOW Windowboxes: A Winter Wonderland
"Take two spoonfuls of sunlight and call me in the morning"
November 11, 2012 Show Details: It's a THANKFUL time of year - Thank you to our Veterans

How to prepare birds for winter and attract winter birds
The Legend of Indian Corn
Pumpkin Topiary

Mary Hunt prepared listeners to debt-proof their kids
Amy McCready discussed how to get your Kids to listen without nagging, reminding, or yelling
September 23, 2012 Show Details: Howdy Y'All! It's an All American week on Amy's Table

September 16, 2012 Details: Bonjour mes amis! It’s tres French this Week on Amy’s Table
August 26, 2012 show details: Back to school, back to your yard and window boxes for WOW curb appeal
Autumn Decor with WOW window boxes

August 19, 2012 Show details: From Picky Eaters and Lunch Wars to Raising an Engaging Child
August 12, 2012 Show details: Making cheese, popsicles- and money!
August 5, 2012 Show details: Sun, Fun, Style and Raising Kids

July 29, 2012 Show details: Crafts, Parties, Supper Clubs and Happiness,
July 15, 2012 show details: Best ribs, Southern charm, worry-free gardening & fun family travel
July 8, 2012 show details: Quickies, Flips and GF Treats

Make a coffee table in Marakesh Style with Maryam Montague
July 1, 2012 show details: Road trips, Marrakesh style, Spirited Cooking- and Cookies
July 24, 2012 show details: Get charisma, cook with soul, read a great book and be a Green Bride!

June 10th show details: Parties, Pure food, Purposeful Kids and Perfect Bathing Suits
Essential Grilling Tools
Dont Host A Party, Host A Memory! Entertaining tips with Hilary Pereira, author of Mermaids & Martinis

May 27th show details: Detox, Declutter, Delight
May 20th show details: Skinny chefs, better junk food, more money- and your psychic abilities
15 Ways to Keep Good Financial Habits with Eric Tyson

May 13th show details: Cooking Mom, Baking Mom, Busy Mom, Mom likes you Best
Make Mom's Day with a beautiful breakfast tray
April 29th show details: Wayne Dyer, Ellen Whitehurst and Emily Maynard

Feng Shui Cleaning Tips from Better Living Expert Ellen Whitehurst
April 22, 2012 show details: Asian, Alison, Anderson and Alpha B*tch
April 15, 2012 show details: Sweet! Pie, Cookies and Cash!

Fresh ideas for Centerpieces
April 1, 2012 show details: Lost and Found (Weight, Meat, Love and Fitness)
March 25, 2012 show details: Finger Food, Flowers, Asian Splendor and Personal Safety

Spring Windowbox Inspiration with Bret Schneider from WOW Windowboxes
March 18, 2012 Show details: Music, Mad Men, Coaching and Confession
February 12, 2012 Show Details: Love, Money, Friendship....and Dessert!

February 5, 2012 Show details: Happiness, Heart, Hops and Hues
The Right Color with Eve Ashcraft
How to: clean those places where germs lurk

How to: Organizing important papers
Get organized with a P-Touch
How to: Sweet Valentine's Day Table Ideas

All in Good Time: 10 questions to ask yourself when de-cluttering
January 22 show details: Chinese New Year, Champagne and Truffles
How to wrap a great looking gift

December 4, 2011 Show Details: Great gifts from the Kitchen
The Organized Life: Holiday Organizing Tips
Christmas Tree Tips from Denny McKeowen

2011 Greater Cincinnati Tour of Kitchens: South Shore
November 6, 2011 Show Details: Life, Love and Ice Cream
Thanksgiving Timeline

October 23, 2011 Show Details: The habits and careers of marvelous Moms
P. Allen Smith's Autumn Inspiration
October 9, 2011 Show: Spooky, Seasonal, Savvy and Sweet

Hang around with Spooky Spiders
Fall Windowbox Ideas with Bret Schneider from WOW Windowboxes
October 2, 2011 Show: Savvy Strategies for a well-run home and family

Stephanie O'Dea's Daily 7: Chores that keep the house in "good enough" order
Ghostly Glow
Sparkly Spiders

Same Place More Space with Karl Champley
September 18, 2011: Celebrating Bad Girls, Great Careers and Dynamite Dining
September 11, 2011 Show: Beauty, Bounty and Boy R Dee

September 4, 2011 Show: Color, Cooking for a Crowd, Cheap Eats and Classrooms
An Organized Entryway
Raising Philanthropic Kids

August 28th Show: Canning, Caring and Cocktails
Tech Savvy: Password Protection
Mid-summer updates: 5 things to perk up your yard

Throw a Back to School Bash
July 31st Show: Feng Shui, Fish, and Good Things in Town
World without Fish

7 Steps to Clearing out the Clutter
Back to School: Make it the best year yet!
July 24th Show: Drinks, Dogs and Dresses

Pet Adoption tips from Harold Dates and the Cincinnati SPCA
July 10th, 2011 Show: Confidence, Love & Vegetables
July 3, 2011 Show Details: Danger, Daring, Defining- and Dinner!

June 19th Show Details: It's all about Dad
June 12th Show: We're getting Cleaner, Slimmer, Lighter- and Lifted
June 5th Show: Strawberries, Salmon, Salads, Steaks and Soup in a Teapot

WOW Windowboxes
Bryn Mooth writes about food at writes4food
May 29th Show: Kicking off Summer

May 15, 2011 Show Details
The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking
Compost Pile 101

May 1st, 2011 Show Details
April 24, 2011 Show Details
Laine Steelman & the Bellevue Farmers Market at The Party Source

April 3, 2011 Show Details
How to set a table
How to: Make a Terrarium

98 Things We all Need
Pumpkin Pedestal
Lace Pumpkins

10 ways to perk up any space
10 Tips for Flower Arranging
Junk Beautiful

Super Foods for Super Skin
Year round window boxes
Perk up your Porch: Create a welcoming color scheme

Create a pretty porch
Create beautiful outdoor spaces
Spring on my windowsill

Closet organization tips
Attracting Butterflies
Be a dead head

Sweet Easter flowers
Must have: A footed bowl
Pretty Porch Pot

The Busy Mom's Guide
Bar Basics with Jay Dickerson
Live More Want Less

How to effectively clear the clutter
10 Tips for a Top Notch Kitchen
An Autumn Window Box

Keep or toss? A paperwork primer
10 Tips for Enjoying a Snow Day
Easy ideas for Vases

3 Steps to greater Curb Appeal
10 Steps to Organize Anything
Tips for renting just about anything

Cooking with Kids
Best Bedtime Snacks
Basics of a Well-stocked Pantry

Forcing Bulbs
Green Holiday Tips
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