Sunday, March 27, 2011

Table Talk

Justin made this coffee table several years ago (post about the rug in the pic coming soon):

We both love the industrial, modern feel it has and thought it would be great to make a matching one for the entry way wall.  We thought it would be a simple project, especially since he had  built a similar one before... we were wrong... but the final product turned out beautifully and we're so proud to have it in our home!

The long story:

I'd been begging for SOMETHING to put a lamp on since about the 2nd day we lived in the house.  So we decided we would start our table project one Sunday afternoon.  Off we went to Lowe's to buy the pipe.  I have a degree in Interior Design and am pretty good at imagining what things will look like.  Justin, however, needs to see them for himself.  So, we sat in the floor of the pipe aisle at Lowe's him putting together different pieces of pipe, and me sketching out different options.  We finally figured out what all we needed and were missing a few pieces because the store was out.  Later that night Justin went to another Lowe's and picked up the remaining pieces.

Here's where the trouble began...  The design had several supports so that it would be stable.  We ran into problems trying to screw all the middle pieces together.  When we would screw in one side it would screw out of the other.  So, we moved to plan B - put a piece of wood that could be screwed into from both sides in as the center support.  This way the table could be made in the same way the first one was, it would just be two of them stacked on top of each other.

My Rough Sketch of Plan B

So the search for the perfect piece of wood began.  We found the perfect old door at Old House Depot.  It has beautiful crackling and what looks like original hardware.  I love it.

After we found the door, I cleaned it and sealed it so that hopefully it will stay in it's beautiful shape and not continue to shed old paint.  Then we returned some of the pipes and bought some different pieces and put everything together.

Pipe assembly in process.

Justin worked very hard on it and did a wonderful job!

Making the Holes

Yes, Justin did all this with a bandaged hand... he's amazing.

AnnaBelle "helping"

Justin ordered the glass for the top.   It came in last week, so now our first joint project as a married couple is complete.  Here is the final product:

Here it is in the fluffing process:

It was a very fun project and were very happy with the result!

I'm linking to:

Furniture Feature Fridays


  1. That is so cool...and looks great! I'm quite impressed!

  2. It's gorgeous! I love the old door and how you have repurposed it~ well done! Thanks for sharing at FNF! :)

  3. That is so fun, I like how you accessorized it. Pipes are an underused home dec resource :).