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Reclaimed Door Coffee Table

I love the men in my family! They all just get me. I’ve been excitedly telling my husband about my idea for our replacement coffee table (the old one was a loaner from a friend who now needs it back) ever since I saw this on Pinterest:

 

 

Love. But my search for old doors was proving pretty fruitless. I couldn’t find anything local on Craigslist, and neither did the resale shops have anything. Then karma decided to do me a solid. The Husbane asked if I was ok to handle Charlie alone so he could ride out to his dad’s and try to shoot a wild hog.

*Sidenote: wild game is delicious, especially hog meat. It’s free-range, chemical-free, and oh, so delicious. Especially when you make pulled pork with Dr. Pepper in the crockpot. Yum-O!*

I told him sure, so long as he was home by 8 to watch True Blood with me and bring me McDonald’s ;) While he was there, he saw this little lovely just hanging out in his dad’s barn:

The Husbane asked if he had any plans for it, and he didn’t! So into his truck it went, and into my waiting arms. We measured the total length, which was 80 inches. We decided 15 inches would be good for the legs (making it a total of 16.5 inches tall) and 50 inches long on the top.

The legs are attached to the top using 2 inch screws in holes made with our Kreg jig. For additional stability and storage, we chose to add a lower shelf out of some reclaimed walnut boards my dad gave us. We couldn’t use the jig on those, as the boards are really old and warped, not to mention super dry and at risk for splitting.  So we ripped a scrap 2×4 in half to make a thin 2×2 cleat and screwed it into the interior of the door. Then the Husbane just screwed the boards down into the cleat to secure them, and added a facing board to the side to hide the cleat.

I chose to leave the hinges on, but now I’m thinking about taking them off. While they add character, I’ve already bashed my shin against one. And if I’m doing it, then our soon-to-be-little-walker will find trouble with it too.

This table is seriously large and in charge! It’s so much more spacious than our last one, which is kind of a catch 22. Extra space is great, but it’s already turned into a bit of a dumping ground :)

We’re going to sand the sides and edges of the walnut some more, as there are splinter risks. The tops are quite smooth, since we planed them before we brought them home from my dad’s. I’m also not sold on the hunter green (I feel like it’s very 1995) so I think I’m going to paint and distress it. Maybe red? Maybe navy? I can’t decide! Oooh, what about a cream? I’m still not sure. What color would you paint it?

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  1. Geek in Heels

    That looks AMAZING. Now I want to move out of our city life so that we can work on projects like this!

    1. But the good thing is, you don’t have to move! All you really need, power-tool wise, is a good drill. You can always get lumber cut at the store (both Lowe’s and Home Depot offer that service) or borrow a friend’s garage. There are even a lot of fun small-scale projects that only need a hammer and nails.

  2. Ashley @ DesignBuildLove.co

    that’s awesome! LOVE it!

  3. Stacia

    Wow. You guys are amazing for moving stuff from the I-want-to-do list to the Done! list. Amazing. Love it.

  4. Karen

    I love this. I am always on the hunt for original Coffee Table ideas. Please come link with me tomorrow! This is a fantastic project. Thanks, -K visiting from MMS via Redoux

  5. kim@too much time

    I am in love with this piece! Oh, I am on such a red kick lately and a distressed red would look amazing on this one!

  6. Candace Creations

    This is pretty darn cool!

    come link this up to scrappy saturdays @ candacecreations.blogspot.com

  7. Mikki

    This turned out great! Love the idea.

    Just stopping by for the first time via Addicted to Decorating.

  8. sharon

    Love it! Great idea and the color is fabulous!

  9. Taryn

    This is awesome. I really love this idea for a coffee table.

  10. Pattie @ On Hollyhock Farm

    I love it! I would paint it an off white and distress it, seeings it already has a dark paint on it. It’ll show through. Found you at Remodelholic. I am now a follower. Thanks for sharing. 8^)

  11. Brittany aka Pretty Handy Girl

    I LOVE your coffee table. Especially because I love anything old door. LOL! So glad you got it for free and you did a great job on the build.

    Brittany

  12. Katie

    Oh my gosh – LOVE! Amazing.

  13. kim@too much time

    IN LOVE!
    I featured this today! Come check it out and grab a button.

    http://kim-toomuchtimeonmyhands.blogspot.com/2011/09/good-morning-sunshine_12.html

  14. Rachel @ Lines across my face

    I love it! Amazing! If I had the tools I would totally make one (or at least try).
    Rachel

  15. Yvette @ AquaSeventy6

    I love this! This is so fab!

  16. Sandy Brown

    Love this–is really interesting looking–adds a lot to your room

  17. Sara

    So pretty!! Would LOVE it if you would share this project at my turquoise lovin’ party going on right now!! http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2011/09/turquoise-lovin-4.html

  18. ashlee

    this coffee table…it’s amazing! what an incredible transformation! the colour is perfect. love it. found you via yhl by the way.

    1. Thank you so much! It was the original door color, and I liked it so we just left it. Enjoy the Pinterest challenge!

  19. Rebecca

    Love this! I like yours better than your inspiration because of that shelf on the bottom. More storage and it looks more sturdy. Too bad the hinges are a hazard.

    1. Thanks Rebecca! The hinges actually haven’t been a problem, they’re relatively unobtrusive. However, once our baby starts toddling, we may have to reevaluate that issue. The shelf is really handy too, it helps keep the top of the table clean!

  20. Kelly @ Corner of Main

    Looks great! I have been wanting to make one of these, but haven’t been able to find a door! I love the color you used =)

    1. Thank you Kelly! We got lucky that my FIL just so happened to see this beauty on the side of the road. I looked on Craigslist for weeks with no luck.

  21. Doreen

    I have a door cut and was going to make a box instead of shelves, with the door as the lid to the box. . Due to many complications the box is not going to happen. :( So the second plan is to make it look like this one. How did you attach the legs. I cannot see nail holes on the top and I do not want any on the top. Did you use L brackets? what about pegs in the leg and top. I just want to make sure it does not fall apart in a few years.

    1. We used a kreg jig to drill pocket holes to attach the sides. The lower shelf also helps secure it. It’s really sturdy! But if you don;t have a jig, sturdy L-bracket plates will work just as well

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