Saturday, October 31, 2015

New Coffee Table, Reclaimed Barn Wood Look

When we bought our ugly super comfortable sectional, the one my husband clearly won on, and I wasn't willing to argue about... It was also time for a new coffee table. I loved the IKEA rustic made-over coffee table we had before, but it didn't fit the shape of the new ugly couch my husband convinced me to buy.

So as of right now, I'm embracing the ugly couch with recliners on the end, and realizing how happy it made my husband to have a super comfortable couch to kick his feet up on after a long day at work, and my focus has shifted to camouflaging the thing.

 Next couch choice, is all me, baby.

When I saw a super sturdy, albeit somewhat 80's rodeo-esque, I grabbed it. I knew when I bought it that it would get a makeover, but I didn't know it was going to take me so long! With launching my store, it made it very hard to do anything but work on orders. Now that I'm taking a break from sewing, I'm tackling some lingering projects.

When I heard about a really cool reclaimed/recycle material store here in El Paso, I decided to go and see what inspired me. I'll write more about that on a separate post, but I highly recommend checking out similar places for materials, it was so fun to look around there!

I perused the aisles/buildings and found the perfect wood. They were covered in bird poop, yes, bird poop. 

I started piling up the worst pieces (for bargaining, of course.) I got 5 pieces, different lengths, and the guy actually asked me if I was sure I wanted them, they were that bad. So he gave me them for a steal, $7!

(As you can see here: Bird Poop errywhere.)

After we loaded them up in my car, along with my other treasures, I began the design process. I knew I wanted them to be white or whitish, since our living room has gotten so dark with our dark brown entertainment center, dark brown plush rug, and dark brown couch, so I needed to lighten it up. I also have more distressed furniture than non-distressed, so it was going to be distressed for sure. When I got home, I started flipping through pinterest and decided I was going to go big or go home. I wanted it to be the focal point of the room, not just a coffee table.

Barn wood inspiration it was. I wanted it to look as though the wood came from several different barns, and I wanted the wood grain to show through the paint.

I forgot to take a before picture (whoops!)

But this is what the top looked like before (that's leather hide and it had a glass center).

I immediately scrubbed the wood. 

Next, I removed the leather square top seen above. Then I took a break for the day, and thought I was done project-ing. We had to take team cheer and football pictures that afternoon.

At 10 PM, after I dislocated my thumb earlier in the day in a freak I should never try to play football accident, I was watching Fixer Upper, with my girl Jojo Gaines doing her thing, and was inspired. I hopped out of bed, threw on some work-clothes and watched a youtube video on how to use a circular saw.

Piece of cake. (Yes, I know I'm crazy. Literally, I'm bipolar, these things don't sound crazy to me at the time, but looking back I am a little nutty, I know.) ALSO VERY UNSAFE. (disclaimer ;)

I digress... I measured the wood (which I still was using work gloves to maneuver because it was so so so so soon rough still), and cut it. The first one was a little scary, but as with most things, if I can do it once, I've learned it.

Once they were all the proper length, I had to cut one lengthwise to fit the square, which I was really nervous about. Mainly because I was using a makeshift saw horse made out of a tool box and a shelf. But I marked it, cut it and it was all peaches.

The next day, I screwed the planks on the frame as close together as I could get them, and added almost an entire 6oz tube of Wood Filler between the planks to fill in. I wanted it to look like planks, but not have cracks between them. 

I was having a hard time keeping the wood filler from falling completely through one of the cracks, so I switched to an Elmer's Wood Filler that starts off as purple and turns white when it's dry.

I shoved shopping bags underneath to create a temporary foundation, and filled and filled as much as I could in the crack. As the wood filler was turning white, I carefully removed the plastic bags foundation, and VOILA, no more crack.

(I was super proud of this idea, as you can see)

Next I sanded the filler/planks/edges with my sander FOREVER. Until it was as smooth as I could possibly get it. I started with a 60 grit, then 150 grit and finally a smooth 220 grit.

The next steps were simple:

First I slapped a single coat of Dark Walnut stain I had on hand, to the give the peeking wood a darker look. 

Once that dried, I painted the entire table with white chalk paint.
(READ: How to Make Chalk Paint, and avoid having to sand if you can!)

Then I painted 2 planks with a light coat of light blue and one with a golden yellow.

Then I sanded it with a 150 grit, all over, until the wood texture was just peeking through.

The left has been sanded, the right I was making my way to. 

I gave the bottom another coat of white chalk paint, and a wax coat. And the top 2 coats of Polyurethane Minwax Sealant.

And here is it in our living room, with the ugly couch:

I absolutely love how it turned out. The colored planks are just a little obvious in person, and it definitely makes a statement in the living room now. 

It also goes well with the other hodge-podge thing I've got going on in the rest of the open Great Room.

Next I'll share the vintage sewing machine I recently gave a second life!