Happy Friday!! How was your week?
I feel like I came back to the island from our trip to the US ‘swinging’, so to speak. Just ready to get things in order and become more productive and efficient in everything. And get focused on my personal priorities … which definitely includes learning the ins and outs of our new camera!!
But before I totally abandon the project that has been ‘updating our living room’ in lieu of a little
much needed life/house/blog organization, I want to show you how to turn old doors into a wood coffee table, the easy way.
I went into all of the details about how I work my
magic booty off to scrape, strip and sand old wood here.
Let’s back up just one minute here, so I can explain that I actually chose the part of the doors that I wanted for the coffee table and cut it down before I got to the scraping. Why work on something I’m not going to use, right?!?
You can see from that before picture what I was working with, and I knew that I wanted as much of the hardware as possible to end up on my coffee table. So, using a triangle and straight edge I marked my cut line and used my trusty handsaw to cut my door to size. We have a Superior XT Ergo hand saw similar to this one. My dad gave it to me about 10 years ago, it’s awesome.
Yes, I could have just cut the doors in half and then made two identical tables with the two doors, but I would have lost the door knob and other hardware in my finished products. AND, I would have needed to come up with other an alternate wood choice for the legs of my coffee table and deal with matching the finish, yada yada.
And I didn’t need two coffee tables … so I did what I did.
Since I went with this strategy, I was able to use wood from the other end of the doors as the legs of my coffee table.
I was able to pull the legs apart from the already-falling-apart-now-very-depressing-looking-part-of-an-old-door.
It gets better looking, I promise!
So, just to recap, I have not used any power tools yet. Well, an electric sander is a power tool, I guess. But seriously, this project was so technically easy.
Once the legs were cut to size (I just measured the height of my couch, figured in the width of the doors and the 2 inches the casters would add … yeah, I added casters to the bottom, too.) and scraped and sanded to my liking I was ready to assemble my coffee table.**
**I bought my casters here in Curacao, but these are the exact same casters. I bought 2 with a swivel and two that just roll straight.
From here I think it helps to see a few steps ahead to make sense of these first assembly steps.