Hey all, I have something so good for you today! My trash to treasure reclaimed wood table is just the thing I needed to work on this week.
My reclaimed wood table…..
About 6 months ago I was out wandering through my favorite trash pile, when I came across metal base of some sort thrown in with the rest of the debris. I gallantly hauled it home to proudly show it off to my husband, who gave me an exasperated look and said “what are you doing with that piece of junk?” Why, I am going to do something amazing thank you very much.
Here is the base that I so proudly brought home. I thought it was amazing. I still do. I wonder what its past life was. I have no idea where it came from or what it was. I love the mystery behind these pieces.
Here is a closeup of my random metal article. The rusty nature is magnificently swoon worthy. Not one thing was changed to this bad boy through the DIY process.
I also have a nice secret spot where I have stored some old nasty looking reclaimed wood. It is covered in layers of dark brown paint. They lived their previous life as hotel stairs and railings.
It has been considered a discarded item for many years. Wait until you see what is underneath.
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I grabbed a hold of my belt sander and went to work shedding the layers and years of neglect.
Do you see this? Do you see what was hiding under those layers of paint? Amazing in my opinion.
Once I was done sanding down the wood, I measured how long I wanted the top to be. I decided to have it overlap the metal base approximately 2 inches give or take. I then cut the wood with my miter saw at the length I desired.
I finished sanding the sides.
Another lovely view of the raw wood. Once I had it sanded down I secured the top to the metal base with a few screws. Since there really wasn’t a precise place to attach it I had to get a little creative and added washers on the screws and screwed into the best place possible on the table base.
In the end, it all worked out and it is very secure.
I used my Minwax clear wax and applied one coat with a rag to my reclaimed wood table. I let it dry for about 20 minutes and then buffed with with a clean rag.
Here it is all done. I had to show it off in my art studio.
This lovely table ended up having a home in my entry hallway. Above it I have framed a set of floor plans from the original build of my home almost 10 years ago. My children think it is the coolest thing ever.
Guys, I truly believe that rescuing these neglected pieces from salvage and trash piles is a very therapeutic act. To take something that is so neglected and turn it into something beautiful can do a lot for someone’s soul. I also love to prove my husband wrong. To see the surprise on his face when he walks in and views a transformed piece of furniture, it does my heart just a bit of good… and a few “I told you so’s”
Thanks for spending the time to stop by and check out what I’ve been up to.
Have a great day and remember…..
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