Trash to Treasure Reclaimed Wood Table
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.
Before I move on here is a list of the tools needed for this type of project:
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( these are the items I needed to refinish the wood only)
DEWALT Slide Compound Miter Saw
Minwax Regular Finishing Wax
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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I love it!! I’m looking to make a similar style table with hairpin legs. Love that your has a shelf! 🙂
Thank you! I felt pretty lucky to find these hairpin legs! Have a great day!
Wow, how cool Sara, I love what you did with it! I would have totally brought that metal base home as well! Looks lovely!!!
Love this redo! The before table looked great but the after totally brings it up alevel!! Busting from Merry Monday party.
Thanks Victoria! Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!
This is fantastic! I love that you saw such potential in that piece, I don’t know that i would have. Great job.
Thanks Kati! It was a long shot for sure. Many people doubted, but I wouldnt listen:)
This turned out fantastic! I absolutely love that table (and how you styled it)! That wooden crate on the bottom shelf is awesome.
I love projects like this and would absolutely do somersaults if I came across that table base! (my green jealousy monster is peeking around my computer as I write this!). I need to redo my son’s room and this would be PERFECT!! Thanks for the inspiration.
Haha! I totally hear you. My green jealousy monster peeks its ugly head every once in a while! Thanks for the sweet words! Have a great day!
I love this, such a great combo–the mid-century modern base and the rustic legs! Thanks for linking up to the Talk of the Town party.
Wow, I love it. What a fantastic makeover 🙂
Thank you Emma! Have a great day!
Wow Sara – what a find and what a make over – love it – thank you for sharing with PIn Worthy Wednesday
What a great find! I totally would have brought it home too! The wood tabletop looks fantastic with the metal base. Thanks for sharing at the Talented Tuesday Link Party!
Yep, this is perfect, reclaimed goodness!! I love the wood you uncovered under years of paint. It was so smart of you to just do a clear coat and not stain it. Beautiful!
I LOVE this! I have been looking for something similar at our local thrift stores, and my husband said we should just make one! I am pinning this for later until I find these pieces to make one with!
Good luck! You never know when you will find just the right piece!
So to start with, I wanna favorite trash pile to wander in! (pouty face!)
And…I want to find some fantastic hair pins legs.
And…I want to have a great piece of old wood!
This table is fantabulous! Well done.
Hugs for a great weekend.
This is awesome! Trash wood does really useful. Glad to know about this. Would like to try something similar with this in the future. What a beautiful idea! Thanks for sharing this.
I so love your table, to me it’s awesome, especially considering what it started out as. I get more enjoyment out of reclaiming and making something great out of junk than I would a brand new piece.
My husband just doesn’t have the vision, he’s always telling me am crazy for wanting to fix up a piece he sees as junk. We get into some rowdy “discussions”. You’d think after success he’d realize what I can do, doubting Thomas. Never will stop to pick up things on side of road, grrrr.
I love that your shelves are hefty boards. You’re so lucky to have your secret spot to go picking.