When I was creating ideas for my kids homework station, I wanted to add a few fun elements. After I decided on the actual desk, (which is the SVALNÄS DESK FROM IKEA) I thought it would be neat to add an indoor awning to the homework space. What kid doesn’t want a space with it’s own little “roof” on it? Ok, I’ll admit, mommy thinks it’s pretty cool too. Let me share with you how I created a an indoor awning from a piece of repurposed roofing tin.
This idea came from my need to declutter our garage. I had these old piece of tin lying around and I could tell hubby was a little annoyed. Can any of my other crafting friends relate?
It isn’t the prettiest or shiniest piece of tin, but you know I like it that way! A little rust just adds value. 🙂
I’m always on the hunt to add a little character to our home. I first had the idea to add it over a spare bathroom window. I decided I didn’t want to do that because no one sees it except my kids. That’s when I knew it would add an extra element to my kids homework station.
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How to create an indoor awning;
First I needed to figure out how to attach the hardware to the tin.
I’ve shared a few products below that I chose to use.
The best way to attach anything to a tin surface is probably by welding, but since I don’t have the ability to do that, I figured I could use a piece of scrap wood.
I had a piece of scrap wood that I cut into three pieces large enough to attach the hardware to. I screwed the wood pieces to the piece of tin.
One thing I did to create a more “visual appealing” project was to spray paint the wood the same color that I spray painted the inside of the tin.
This is my favorite gold spray paint.
Now it was time to screw the hardware to the wood.
After you’ve attached the hardware to the piece of repurposed tin, mount it to the wall and Ta DAH!
Video on how to create an indoor awning with a piece of repurposed tin.
What do y’all think?
I love the fun vibe this repurposed indoor awning creates to my kids homework station.
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The great thing about this tutorial is that you can use it for so many different projects. You can even use the same method to create Bahama Shutters.
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- Awning material (this can be wood, metal, or anything as long as it fits your dimensions)
- Folding Butt Hinge
- Lid Support Hinge
- scrap wood if needed
- First attach wood pieces to the underside of the awning where you will attach the hardware. You will need three pieces of wood; one long piece (or two small pieces) for the top two folding butt hinges and two on each side of the awning for the lid support hinges.
- Once the wood is secure, use a drill to screw the hardware into the wood.
- Secure the top of the awning to the wall first with the folding butt hinges and screws.
- Decide what angle you want the indoor awning or bahama shutter to sit at.
- Next screw the lid support hinges to the wall at the angle you want the indoor awning or bahama shutter to open at.
When deciding where to attach the lid support hinges, make sure the hinges will be long enough to create the "angle" you need with the indoor awning. I made the mistake of attaching them too low and realized that the awning wouldn't open as wide as I wanted it.
How would you use this piece of repurposed tin?