Save Me! ~ Salvaged Wood Furniture & Design

In middle school I really enjoyed shop class. I loved working with wood, in particular.  I made a beautiful bowl using the lathe and enjoyed every bit of the process. Fast forward to about a year ago. I was inspired to get my hands dirty and work with wood again. I decided to build a coffee table using salvaged historic home doors. Fortunately, I live in an area chock full of old stuff pulled out of barns, homes, you name it. I bought a couple of wonderful, dirty, weathered doors and went to work in my garage. I pretty much had NO knowledge of how to transform these doors into a beautiful, functional coffee table, but I dove in. After quite a bit of trial and error, lots of mistakes, a whole bunch of mess, I had a great table! Yay!

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Historic Home Salvaged Door Coffee Table

It was soooo satisfying and fun and creative… I was quickly thinking about my next carpentry project.

It was soooo satisfying and fun and creative… I was quickly thinking about my next carpentry project.

I began brainstorming what other wood could I salvage to create my next design. No further did I need to look but outside my kitchen window. On the back of our property stood the kids wood swing set that only a few years ago, it seems, my husband and a friend spent the night building for our kids. Sadly, it was now neglected and my husband was bothering me to remove it from the yard. I just couldn’t part with it. It occurred to me, there was a huge pile of wood that of which I just couldn’t part. Could I re-purpose it for my next furniture project? I went out there and started strategically removing pieces of wood that I felt had potential. I’m pretty darn sure my neighbors thought I was a bit crazy, out there suited in goggles, work boots, cammo pants and a power saw. BUT, I salvaged some great stuff and went to work creating a design for another coffee table. I used only the wood from the swing set, some basic supplies (nails, stain, varnish, etc) and some metal plumbing supplies. The design took a little engineering and creativity, but the pieces I salvaged really worked out well. I prettied up the steel plumbing pipes with some black paint and embellished them with gold accents. I love, love, love the table I created. Not only do I love the design & look of the table, but also, now I can keep a piece of my children’s’ childhood in my house forever!

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Salvaged Swing Set Wood Coffee Table

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Speedy Bumps In the Road ~ Following the Path to Fulfillment and Beauty I'm a mom first. I love all things beautiful and creative. It makes me happy to help others find their passions and realize their dreams. I have pursued many different paths and know my victories and challenges make me better every step of the way. I hope to share all of my unique, creative, entrepreneurial adventures with as many people as possible in order to inspire, entertain and build a community of dreamers and creatives.

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