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Barn Door Coffee Table

After getting a few furniture projects under my tool belt, a client approached me to design and build a coffee table for her using a fantastic old barn door that she had bought from a salvage yard. It was truly a beautiful, historic, perfectly weathered door. I couldn’t wait to get started. Yep, I was a teeny bit nervous… she had trusted me with her special door and I wasn’t totally sure how I was going to make this happen. Fueled by her faith in my creativity and skills, and my desire to transform this piece of history into a functional, unique furnishing, I dove in.

The door itself would be the top, which just needed to be scrubbed and cleaned of years of dirt and debris. I did have to cut it down to a reasonable size, because it was pretty huge. I then sealed it with a matte varnish, to be sure any potential lead paint and rust on the hardware was safely contained under the varnish and wouldn’t chip off. Now I just had to come up with the base and four short pedestal legs to put them together. I was able to find some pretty, unfinished, chunky, hardwood turned legs. For the base I just purchased a large piece of unfinished 3/4” oak plywood. The tricky part was distressing the legs and base to appropriately match the top. It took some trial-and-error, a bunch of glue, paint and sand paper, but it finally came together.

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The Barn Door Coffee Table Project

During the process I decided to make a simple, overview instructional video to post on YouTube and for my design website. It’s far from polished, and doesn’t go into super detail, but you can get the gist of how I made it all come together. Please forgive the distracting background – wow, our garage needs a good clean out!

 

Here are a few of the materials that I used in the process, as well.

The big point I want to drive home is, don’t be afraid to dive in to these sorts of projects. You get better with every one, you learn a lot, and you get more confidant in tackling your future awesome DIY adventures! So go for it!!

 

8 thoughts on “Barn Door Coffee Table

  1. this is so cool! I love it!! it’s encouraging, too- my husband wants to get into woodworking and there are so many projects I could have him do!

    1. thanks! he should totally give a project a try! It’s so fun & rewarding 🙂

  2. Seriously, you had me at barn door!! So… now I’m on the lookout for some doors, and I do believe it’s in peoples best interest to literally hold down their front doors-HAHA! I know I can do this. Plus your video is a huge help. Thanks!

    1. You’re funny! Yes, you can totally do it… i have next to NO carpentry experience & I pulled it off! go for it!the hardest part is finding the right door 🙂

  3. The coffee table look amazing!! I love the farmhouse style and this is just stunning and it’s even better because YOU made it!! Love a good DIY!

    1. thank you!! have a great day!

  4. Very cool and unique!

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