Barn Doors = Fabulous Upcycled Tables

One of my favorite things to do on Restored Style is to share crafts and projects that my readers have created. Seriously, you guys inspire me big-time!

I have the perfect example of this today…my dear friend Megan wrote me after my farmhouse table post and said that she’s tackling a very similar project. Well, she got her act together much quicker than me, and I have some beautiful tables to unveil today, thanks to her and her husband’s handy work!

Here’s her note:

We finished the tables and put them to use at our dinner party last night. They were a hit! One of my girlfriends said, “What is this, Sunset Magazine?” So, I’m packing up the photos of the process and some in-use shots for you to post if you’d like.  And just so you know, my mom had this idea brewing, shared it with me which lead me to show her your Knock Off Wood post and that’s where she was convinced her tables needed white legs. So thanks to you, they’re fabulous and very shabby chic.

barn door table

barn door table

barn door table

barn door table

barn door table

barn door table

barn door table

And here’s a little more info:

The doors aren’t attached to the bases; they stay in place because of the notches in the frames. The legs can be removed for winter storage.

When building dining tables, height matters:
Formal height = 30”
Informal height = 28”
We erred on the formal side since the tables will and do sink into the grass a bit (though so do the chairs) and we an always trim a little off if they end up being too high. I’m short and they were sort of tall for me, but I just sat on a cushion and all was well.

Oh, and cost…

Barn Doors (salvaged from some property in South Dakota over a decade ago) = $0
Wood = $8
Hardware (12 washer, bolt, wing nut packets)  = $4
Paint (used leftover white exterior)  = $0

Total for all three tables = $12 X 3 = $36.00

It’s so funny – once they were done we were all worried about them being rained on until my dad gently reminded us that they are BARN DOORS and spent many, many years outside before we even got our hands on them. Ha:). Thanks for letting me share our project with you! -Megan

See! Aren’t the tables beautiful?! And those doors. So. Much. Character. And yes, they made three tables – each were $12.00. Yes, twelve whole dollars. The barn doors are spectacular and I love how they took items that were old and unused and upcycled them into three practical pieces of furniture. Thanks so incredibly much for sharing, Megan. I’m sure the meal tasted that much sweeter knowing you were eating around a table that YOU dreamt up and created yourself.

Megan’s project gives me hope that our farmhouse table will turn out halfway decent:)…

6 thoughts on “Barn Doors = Fabulous Upcycled Tables

  1. Lindsay Said:

    Amazing! So inexpensive and SOOO Beautiful! What an amazing upcycle! Thanks for sharing :)

  2. Angie Said:

    Do you have any more photos of how she attached the legs to the table – I’d like to see how they are removable. She said she used bolts and wingnuts, but I can’t visualize it.

    Thanks! Love these tables!


  3. Suzanna Said:

    Love these tables and am hoping to score some barn doors at my local MD salvage yard to do this project. Great blog!

  4. Daryn Said:

    Beautiful table! I am working on one myself, and I hope it turns out as well as yours. I do have one question: Did you sand the table all the way down to make it smooth? I don’t want to lose the patina and character of the wood by sanding it down too much, but it’s still pretty splintery. How did you handle this? Is your table totally smooth, or a little rough?

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