What do you do when life (or a good friend) gives you barn wood? You build. Earlier in the week I did so much building in one day that I had a blister on my hand from the drill. One item I put together was this coffee table/bench.
Sometimes I wonder if I am going through "the change". I am getting older, nearing 50 and I suppose it might be inevitable. Yes, I might be changing...changing my paint everything ways and instead leaving more and more items in their natural state. After all, with this older age does come less estrogen which means I might be thinking more like a man and could be developing the, "It is wood, why would you paint it?" attitude.
But, seriously, look at this lovely weathered wood with moss on it. How could I sand or paint it?
I couldn't, right? So I didn't. This did start out as a coat rack/shelf. But, the coat rack design was going to cover up too much wood, so after cutting all of the slats I decided it needed to become a table. I connected the boards with pallet 2x4's underneath.
I then added sides, connecting the short sides first, and then the long sides.
Legs with a crossbar for more strength and stability finished the piece.
I didn't sand at all but, I did add three light coats of a clear spray to help seal the moss on the wood.
Yep, my old lady manly self loves the natural wood. Change is good sometimes!