Taking the house my mom grew up in, the farm my grandparents shared for over fifty years and making it a home for us to grow old in.

Our barn door coffee table finally gets a much needed shelf

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.

Rustic barn door coffee table made out of 4x4s with a rustic pine shelf added

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.

Rustic barn door coffee table made out of 4x4s with a rustic pine shelf added

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.

Rustic barn door coffee table made out of 4x4s with a rustic pine shelf added

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.

Rustic barn door coffee table made out of 4x4s with a rustic pine shelf added

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.

Rustic barn door coffee table made out of 4x4s with a rustic pine shelf added

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.

Rustic barn door coffee table made out of 4x4s with a rustic pine shelf added

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.

Rustic barn door coffee table made out of 4x4s with a rustic pine shelf added

And then, finally, it looked finished to me and I just had to share it with you guys!

Rustic barn door coffee table made out of 4x4s with a rustic pine shelf added


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!

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2 Comments

  1. December 15, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Amazing shelf!!! It totally completes the table!! You are so handy and creative!!!

    • December 15, 2015 at 3:36 pm

      Thank you so much!! I’m so glad it looks better now it seems like its a real coffee table!

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