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.
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!!