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July 26, 2013

DIY | Barn Door to Table



I found the old barn door at a local antique store, The Backroom, and instantly fell in love. My family convinced me to sleep on the purchase for a week but I couldn't stay away :) 


Now I can't get enough of this table I restored and repurposed from the barn door. We use it every day and it adds a unique up-cycled look to our apartment.



So many trips to Home Depot for: reinforcing wood, sandpaper, more sandpaper, waxes, oils, varnishes, shellacs, lacquers, water-based finishes and brackets for the ikea trestle legs. I did a lot of research on what finishes were best for indoor tables in terms of protection and ability to withstand temperature changes. I settled on a lacquer which I learned is not cheap but it was well worth it because the table is holding up very well and the finish is beautiful. 


The process was pretty basic but tedious. I used an electric sander on both sides of the table to resolve the splintering paint and wood. I then used three coats of lacquer (4-6 hours of drying per coat) and finished it with a think layer of a spray shellac.




Now I just clean it as I would any other surface and maintain it with a wood oil.


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