Barn Wood Overlay DIY Table and a Giveaway
To know me is to love my junk. I found this table for free somewhere in some Dumpster. It was in sad shape, but I knew it would go on to live another day. I also knew I had to pull something out of my garbage pile to transform for this month’s DIY FURNITURE Girl’s Themed Project. My goal for this project was to use 100% upcycled items and use whatever I had on hand already.
I have a huge pile of barn wood and another big pile of reclaimed fence boards. I knew the two were meant to be together, but I couldn’t quite get my mind there. I asked my friend Sam from Micano Home and Garden to help me out. BTW, Micano Home and Garden is my newest sponsor! Sam’s first response was “You are very optimistic” when he saw a picture of the table in its before state. After some pleading and begging for help, he sent me this picture.
That was when everything started to change. Sam is offering a very cool Barn Wood Upcycled Coat rack as a giveaway. Be sure to check it out at the end of this post and enter before you leave here!
I measured the sides of the table, and cut four pieces to fit like a box around it. Now the top of the table would be like a storage container. Do not look closely you will notice I am much more of an eye baller than an accurate measurer.
Next I measured (sort of) the width and depth of the legs and cut wood to overlay and frame out the legs. I used this awesome nail gun to attach everything. It is cordless, pneumatic, and I love it! I ordered it from Amazon here.
Because the legs of the table were still pretty unstable (due to the MDF construction and warping) I had to attach a bottom to the table to make it steady. And I love to put wheels on everything. You can read more about how wheels make a difference on furniture here.
The bottom of the table came from an old piece of a built in bench we used to have in my kitchen. We got tired of it and I took it apart, but kept the boards. This little piece is the very last of those boards.
Time for wheels, I used casters I had on hand. I wanted a bit of a patina on them and used this method to get them to rust fast. Cool website, tons of ideas for rust. I used the Bleach and Vinegar method for a nice rust on my casters.
I needed the cut edges to look more like the aged look of the boards. I didn’t get all fancy and make a ton of 45 degree cuts, in case you are wondering. I find myself reaching for CeCe Caldwell’s ALL NATURAL stains all the time.
If you missed my video on how to use them, check it out as I refinished my free Mid Century Buffet.
The table needed handles to move it around. I bought a whole bunch of rusty trowels from my most favorite store on the planet, Urban Ore in Berkeley. To make the holes in them, use an Awl and pound the heck out of it with a hammer. I predilled small holes where the Trowel would be nailed in place. To make the nails rusty, I used a Copper Spray Paint. They naturally got beat up as I pounded them into the trowel.
I made a top with the same pile of wood, but it definitely needed handles. My first try was rope handles. FAIL.
Made a 2nd top that was bigger. (This is a VERY big pile of wood I have). I was fresh out of industrial handles. This was my one purchase. To get the handles to look old, you can try one of the rust methods mentioned above, or you can try this.
Lightly spray Copper Metallic Paint. When dry, use CeCe Caldwell’s 100% Natural Stain applied with a Sea Sponge. I used Walnut Grove. Next I added two more layers of color with Modern Masters Colorant in Tobacco Brown and Black. Love the way the handles look with my rusty trowels.
Sam gave me the idea to have the top double as a tray. Love this! Multiple uses from my piece of junk!I used the same method on the Bottle Openers I added.
I found the best way to apply the colorant is to use a sock you literally pulled from the garbage. I was out of rags and all I coud find was an old pair of socks. No clue why there was a pair of socks in my Workshop garbage can, but I went with it. You have a lot of control with a sock as your applicator. Get over the yuck factor. Your wood is dirtier than that sock at this point.
I could not believe this table
It’s DIY Furniture Girls Themed Furniture Day! Every month a bunch of us DIY girls get together to post a themed furniture project. This month’s theme is small tables. Be sure to check out my uber talented friends to see what they did with small tables this month!
Now time for that giveaway! Micano Home and Garden is located in the hip Midtown district of Reno, Nevada, not far from Lake Tahoe, and so worth the drive. Everything at Micano Home is hand made and almost everything is upcycled. My kind of store!! Sam made this coat rack from upcycled Barn Wood and is giving it away to one of my lucky readers Check out Sam’s website. He ships all over the U.S. and has some very cool things, especially for the outside. Check out Sam’s Drought flowers, they will neve need watering again….