Thursday, September 26, 2013

DIY Industrial cabin sofa table

Industrial cabin? Yep, that's a thing.

This project is the epitome of quick and easy and can be made to fit in any space. We needed a long, skinny sofa table and when we saw this fabulous piece of mesquite ON SALE at Clark’s Hardwood we went for it! 
Yes, lumberyards have sales! Who knew??
This is a really fun statement piece, and everyone who comes to our house asks about it.
I originally envisioned it with a fancy wrought iron base and wasn't too keen on the industrial pipe look. It took some convincing, but I decided to give it a try—and I LOVE it! It’s also a tiny fraction of the cost of a custom wrought iron table base (holy $$$). 

Wood for top
Galvanized pipe for legs
Tee fittings (X6)
Floor flanges (X8)
Fine sand paper
Minwax Polyurethane
Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint

I had some "during" pictures, but I've lost them. Thank goodness it's so easy, pictures aren't required!

First, we lightly sanded both sides and cleaned them off. We also cleaned up the edges a little by pulling off any pieces of bark that looked loose or scraggly. Rhett applied a clear coat of polyurethane in a satin finish on both sides to seal it and bring out the natural colors. When applying poly, use long continuous strokes and follow up with a rag to smooth out any bubbles. Each time you lift up, small bubbles form, so you’ll want to avoid lifting up as much as possible. He used a foam brush to press some poly into the edges to seal those as well. Let the poly dry according to the can—we left ours overnight.
Next, assemble the base! The big box stores sell pre-threaded pipe in various sizes. If you can’t find the size you’re looking for, Lowes will cut and thread pipe to your particular dimensions (more on buying pipe here).  We also got floor flanges and tee joints for the bar across the bottom. I wasn’t super particular about height—I just wanted it to come to about the top of our couch, so the pre-made worked just fine for us.
Put the base together however you like! There are so many ways to connect the pipe--just search pipe table on pinterest for some great inspiration! 
Spray it down with Rustoleum Oil Rubbed bronze spray paint (or don’t to make it look even more industrial). When the paint’s dry, screw the base onto your top and you’re good to go! Make sure you use the right length screw—if they’re too long, they may poke through the top of your table!
Note: In order to connect the base to the top, you have to put floor flanges on the top AND bottom of your base.

Once the top is dry, this is definitely a 1 afternoon project! Which means it's less likely to be 80% finished and sitting in the garage until you get back to it--someday... (I'm talking to you, kitchen table)! 
Gotta love that!

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  1. love your sofa table, would have never thought to look at a lumberyard for a piece!
    Would love to feature it, if that would be ok please let me know

  2. Hello!
    How creative! That turned out to look like a very high end piece, it is gorgeous and so unique.
    A little imagination goes a long way!
    Coming your way via Miss Mustard Seed Furniture Feature Friday.
    Thanks for sharing.

  3. I love these raw wood tables!! Such a unique, beautiful statement piece! Love how yours looks!

  4. I used Yolo paint for the exterior of my house and have to say I was super happy with both the way it went on as well as the color palette. Oddly enough I just heard they discontinued making exterior paint. Not sure why? Industrial painting

  5. It's an interesting article. Thank you for sharing.

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