Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Trestle Table with Reclaimed Wood Top

I was so excited when I found this table base.  It was hidden beneath other furniture looking sad and lonely.  Someone had thrown a piece of plywood on top which made it look like junk.  I saw the potential.  I love the turned legs and I knew instantly I wanted to put a rustic top on her. Just need to find some fabulous barn wood shouldn't be hard right?

The base was a dark brown stain and in great condition.  I decided to paint it white and distress it. 

Once I got the base painted and ready the table sat for weeks.  I just couldn't find the right wood to use for the top.  Thankfully we ran into a friend who told me he had some rough cut wood that he thought was mahogany that I could have.  It needed a lot of sanding and had nails in it so there would be holes did I still want it?  Um yes! Nail holes and rough cut equals the perfect wood for this project!  I about fell over when I went to pick the wood up.  Perfect!  It was very rough though and I have the slivers to prove it.  About 100 of them.

I decided to secure the boards together using 2 x 4's & screws because they weren't perfectly flat.  This way I could then drill through the ends using pocket holes to attach the top to the base.

I got the middle one attached then centered the table and attached the other two.  To help even out the ends I ripped a board to about 2" and countersunk some screws to attach it. 

You can see above the boards had some cupping issues.  Once I had the top built and attached  I called in my husband for an opinion.  I liked it but I needed another set of eyes since I am selling this piece.  Should I plane it smoother?  Hubby said he thought it looked cool leave it, it's supposed to be rustic right?  Yay!

 (I used oak wood plugs and I love the way they look)

He also gave me a great tip.  When working with wood that is splintery sand in one direction. It seems obvious right?  Well I wasn't doing that.  I normally use pine and sand in a back and forth motion with the grain.  It didn't even occur to me to just go in one direction.  It actually feels kinda awkward.  As soon as he said it I was like duh.  It made a HUGE difference.  The finish is now silky smooth where before you couldn't run you hand over it without getting a splinter.   Thanks Hubby!

Since I had to do so much sanding I lost the gray bleached out finish of the wood.  So I decided to deepen the color with dark wax.   I haven't used dark wax on bare wood before and it's lovely.  It really brought out the texture and grain.

No fancy wax brush here.  The wax is Annie Sloan Dark wax and the brush is one of those you get at the Goodwill for less that $2.  It's a thick brush and it works great for wax.  Of course I have no idea what an actual wax brush can do but I just couldn't spring for one after buying the wax.  For now this works. 

I love the juxtaposition (love that word) of the rustic reclaimed lumber and the curvy trestle base in white.  

So what do you think?  Do you just love those legs or what?   My husband thinks I should start turning my own furniture legs since we have a wood lathe.  (I think it was his grandfathers?)  Um seriously honey, no thank you.  I have to draw the line somewhere and turning my own legs is it. 


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Full Circle Creations said...

I love this table. I hate sanding rough cut wood but I so love the rustic look of it. I have a bunch of rough cut walnut in the shed that I've been using here and there. I saw this in your pic for your window display and couldn't wait for the post. Great job. Now about that lathe..if I had one I would so be learning how to turn wood on it. Just think of the possibilities!


Peggy Hale said...

I love how this table turned out. I too like the juxtaposition of the rough top and the smooth lines of the base. I would love for you to share this at Totally Transformed Tuesday. Hope to see you there. :-) Peggy http://pjhdesignsoneofakind.blogspot.com/2012/07/totally-transformed-tuesday-3-features.html

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

ooh i love it! the rustic top is awesome! better than the original!

Jamie said...

I love your table! The style if the white part with the wood top is fab.! Your tips are great about the sanding.
Have a wonderful day!
~ Jamie

Heather @ The JUNKtion said...

Oh my word...I absolutely love it. The wood with the dark wax is perfection! I love the base with that top. Wonderful!

Full Circle Creations said...

Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party!


Anne said...

Fabulous! Absolutely gorgeous. What luck at finding the base AND those great boards!!!

oh and all I have to do is LOOK at a piece of wood and I get slivers... sigh.



Gretchen said...

Absolutely spectacular!!! Where do you continue to get this stuff and how do you find the energy to do it all? Your husband is right. You should be making furniture. You certainly do have the talent.

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

What a gorgeous table! I love the way the dark wax looks on the sanded wood. I'm going to have to try that sometime.

Jennifer said...

Absolutely wonderful!!!

Fiona, LilyfieldLife said...

just beautiful! I really love it and i think the rustic top is perfect - cupping included,
cheers fiona

Full Circle Creations said...

I featured your table this week at the All Star Block Party features. Thanks for linking up!



SweetPepperRose said...

Absolutely beautiful table! I'm lovin' the two toned colors. Congrats on being featured at the All Star Block Party!

Meg said...

Featuring your table on this weeks All Star Block Party!


Connie said...

Hi Mimi, well you have done it again. This table is goreous!
You amaze me, Connie :)

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