I wanted to tackle this project months ago, but it got put on the back burner with all of the other house projects on the mile long “to do list!” My in-laws have a couple of barns on their land so we reclaimed some off the old wood, and the second I saw the old barn door I knew that was my tabletop……manure and all!
This tutorial is how I made mine, dimensions and numbers will change depending on the size you want. I told Sadie I was going to put my phone number at the bottom of this post so we could face time if any of you have questions!! haha Seriously though, I’m happy to help if you have any questions, so don’t hesitate to let us know if you need anything cleared up!!
Several months ago I built this farmhouse table for my dining room (I’ll do a tutorial on it eventually.) I needed four chairs for the table, so when I found them and a table for $50 at Habitat for Humanity ReStore, I jumped all over it! So this is where the whole story of the dining room table will make sense. I used the chairs and saved the table for a later date which is NOW!!!!
ReStore Table and Barn Door
I started by removing all the hardware from the table with the exception to the “hanger bolts,” the screws that are attached to the legs.
Try not to be too sick about how I ran numbers. I’m sure there is a correct way to do this, but I’m self taught and this is how my mind processes. The table I bought measured 32×48 inches and the legs with the sides measured 22×37 inches. That is a 9″ difference on the length and a 10″ difference on the width. So my barn door measured 37×72 inches so I subtracted 10 inches from 37 inches (width) and 9 inches from 72″ (length) giving me 27×63 inches. Now that I had the measurements for the frame of the table I cut 2- 27″ pieces from a 2×4 and 2- 63″ pieces from a 2×4.
I laid the legs and the frames pieces on the barn door to make sure the measurements were accurate.
After a little research on the “Land of Nod” website I found a children’s play table with legs that were 23″ inches long so I used this number for mine. I marked them and used our miter saw to take the extra 5 inches off and without sounding cocky….they were cut to perfection!
Then I used a 3″ wood screw, and at an angle drove it into the leg- I do own a Kreg-Jig, but I don’t necessarily love it that much. Next I attached my legs using the old hardware from the original table.
The bottom side of the table a.k.a the back of the barn door needed some of the “z” cut off so it would lay flat on the table. Thankfully the trusty skil saw saved the day!
At this point, Rex’s expertise was required to cut the hinge off. I had him leave half of the hinge on the door so we’d always remember that the table was from Grandpa Goodman’s Ranch (the boys think that’s pretty awesome!) I sanded the planks trying hard not to ruin the character that has evolved over decades of wear!
Next I painted the table base white. I still need to give it a light distressing with my electric hand sander and seal the barn door with wax, but for now it’s done and my boys LOVE it!!! It was such a fun project to do and I’m so excited to get their coloring mess out of the office!!