I hadn’t yet mentioned our barn door coffee table yet because, even though I thought it was really cool, it just wasn’t quite right yet. A few days before Joe and I moved in (while I was working in the yard on SEVERAL projects) I ran out to the barn while I was waiting for something or other to dry and grabbed this old barn door that I had set aside for just this purpose.
I then grabbed a few 4x4s out of our stash of left over wood and, with little amount of thinking, cut them all at the same height and screwed them on.
I literally built it in just a few minutes, gave a good hard sanding and then slapped a few coats of poly on it throughout the day and before promptly dropping it in the middle of our living room.
I thought it was neat as far as a barn door coffee table goes. It is rough without being too rustic to me and it is so fitting with our house’s style.
However, I always felt like it looked unfinished… In fact, THIS is how I saw our barn door coffee table every time I walked by it.
It was just WAY too leggy. I wished I had made it a bit shorter (or something) when it finally occurred to me that what it needed wasn’t to be shorter, but it needed a shelf! So, this last weekend I headed back out to the barn and found, under a pile of oak, that my grandpa had stashed some very cool old pine.
Adding and building the shelf was simple enough, I just had to cut three pieces of the pine to length and then attached them to 2x2s. From there I just screwed it to each of the legs.
And then, finally, it looked finished to me and I just had to share it with you guys!
It actually feels like a barn door coffee table now in our living room! Before, it felt almost like just a weird really short table with far too big legs. I’m putting this in the before and afters here on the site because I have no building pictures of when I first tackled this project, I was in such a rush to get something (anything) done for us in the living room when we moved in I really just didn’t think about documenting it at all. However, it is a simple enough project that just about anyone can do!