I purchased this vintage library table sight unseen because I loved the character these tables. I’ve had this table for a long time and have no idea where I stored the “before” pictures, sorry! This table has been in various places within my own home serving as everything from an extra Thanksgiving table to a workbench during workshops.
When I got it, it needed a lot of TLC. It was filthy, beat up, worn down and unloved so it got a thorough cleaning with American Paint Company’s Surface Prep. / Brush Cleaner to remove all the year’s of grease and oil.
The top was inlaid with leather tiles that were torn beyond repair. As I ripped them off, there was an uneven coating of whatever glue they adhered it with years ago. Basically, I had created more of a mess for myself and I wasn’t sure how to remedy it. I couldn’t figure out a good solution for filling the void with my limited capabilities so I would have to find some kind of wood planks to cover it.
As luck would have it, Cathy stumbled upon a collapsed barn and we dug through that pile on a hot humid day until we found the perfect pieces of barn wood planks for our table. You can read all about that picking adventure here.
I sweet-talked our uncle into attaching it to the top of the table and it was on its way to a beautiful transformation.
There was a hole on the back side of the table where there must have been another drawer. My uncle replaced that entire piece of wood with a new piece then stained the entire table in a deep espresso brown.
I then gave everything a base coat of American Paint Company’s Freedom Road (dark gray) and then I pondered what color to finish it with. I wanted it to primarily be white, but I wanted to switch it up somehow to create something unique. You know me, gotta have something different yeah? I layered over most of the gray with Home Plate, a creamy white.
I love the extra charm that the reclaimed barn wood adds
The carved wooden drawer pulls were covered refinished with American Paint Company’s Dark Wax and Pewter Mica Powder.
I loved adding a Little bit O’ Bling to this rustic farm table!
I love the contrast of the metallic against the rustic dry-brushing!
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10 Replies to “Vintage Library Table + Reclaimed Barn Wood = Cool Farm Table”
I absolutely love the primitive look of this table with the reclaimed wood! Well done!
Thanks Terry! I had some mixed emotions too watching this piece go; you don’t run across those primitive pieces or large planks of barn wood every day.
That table is so incredible, love how you redid it. Thank heavens for the barn wood added. All those wonderful additions make such a difference to piece like this. My favorite is the handles, love love those. Great job. Happy weekend.
Thanks JaneEllen! I usually don’t care for that type of drawer pulls but I was tickled pink with how cool the finish ended up being. For some reason, I think the combination of a little bling works with this primitive piece. Thanks again!! Shelly
Shelly, you turned this table into a treasure! What a great idea to add the barn wood top! I think you are the best at layering paint and creating a wonderful finish! You always amaze me with your fabulous ideas! You rocked this one!
Thanks Betsy! I’ve had this table for years using it here and there throughout my house. I so wish I could find a “before” picture. It was quite the sight for sore eyes but after it a came together, I really wanted to keep it. So happy it went to a great home. I think the gal who picked it up is really going to enjoy it.
A beautiful piece! I love the wooden top.
What stain, wax/finish did you use on the barn wood top? Beautiful!
Thanks Sarah! I left the top in it’s natural state because the first gal on the list said she wanted it as is. She is going to use it as a desk in her office and I believe she’s going to put a clear coat on it. I’ve used both wax and Topcoat on barn wood. Topcoat deepens the color of it where the wax looks a bit more natural.