Salvaged Wood Turned Rustic Coffee Table

Addicted 2 Decorating

I admit, I have a pile of scrap wood stowed away here and there around my house. You can also throw a shabby old door into the mix as well. And while it's not always convenient to store cumbersome wood if you're hard-pressed for space, it sure can come in handy if you're cut from the DIY mold. This is exactly what happened when Kristi from Addicted 2 Decorating discovered a pile of old cedar fence boards.

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For this project to go from an old fence to cart-style coffee table, you're going to need lumber, MDF, jute rope, casters and your weathered wood. Careful measuring, along with some simple straight cuts with a saw, followed by a little glue and a few screws, and you have the base to which you will adhere the weathered wood. After that, a quick sanding and staining job, then you're ready for the finishing touches. A couple coats of polycrylic clear coat, drill the holes on each end to which you'll secure your jute rope through and voila, you're done!

I realize this is a super-simplified way to explain this DIY project, but it really does seem that easy! If you aren't that handy with a saw or hand tools, Kristi says this is the perfect project for the beginner. Since it's supposed to look rugged and imperfect, it's a great way to practice your cutting and nailing. And if you're really skilled with your tools, it seems like adding a hinged lid wouldn't be too hard to do, and then you have a coffee table with room for storage. I myself, would love to make this as an outdoor table or even modified as an outdoor bench for extra seating. For the complete step-by-step on this project, visit Kristi's blog: Addicted 2 Decorating.

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