I call my latest projects “Barn Board Beauties”.
My first was a new work table for Buddy’s shop. I had this salvaged table top that was the perfect size for this project.

Salvaged Table Top

Salvaged Table Top


Now I just needed a rustic counter height base. After a shopping trip to my stash pile I found a collection of great barn boards with a lot of age and character. After building a basic table frame I added a foot rest to the base then X’s on each end for a decorative touch and extra strength.
Basic Table Base for Workbench Built from Barnwood

Basic Table Base for Workbench Built from Barnwood


I loved the look of the old boards so I just gave it a light sanding and a coat of clear wax. I painted and varathaned the top so he would have a smooth and clean work area. Here it is all set up in his shop; now it’s time for him to get busy.
Completed Workbench Built from Barnwood and Salvaged Table Top

Completed Workbench Built from Barnwood and Salvaged Table Top

The next project was a table and banquette seating for the family room. I had this yard sale table that was not only the perfect size but convenient because the top flips up and can be easily stored out of the way. All it needed was a coat of paint and finished off with antiquing gel and a couple coats of varathane. For the seating I started with these three old twin size headboards and, of course, more barn boards.

3 Old Headboards and Flip-Top Yard Sale Table - Before

3 Old Headboards and Flip-Top Yard Sale Table – Before


One section I built the length of one of the headboards and the next section I used the other two headboards. One cut in half and wrapped around the end to make the corner.
One Section of Banquet Seating

One Section of Banquet Seating

Other Section with Wrap Around Corner

Other Section with Wrap Around Corner



After adding this diamond design to the legs for extra interest I painted it in a soft grey color then topped it with an antiquing gel.

Banquet Seating made from Old Headboards and Barnwood

Banquet Seating made from Old Headboards and Barnwood


The two large cushions are body pillows that I covered with pendleton fabric and the corner pillow I covered with faux leather, which was not not very interesting, so I stenciled it with these large feathers.
Family Banquet Seating

Family Banquet Seating


This not only adds extra seating for the family room but, by adding the table, we have extra dining space or a great game table.
Family Room Banquet Seating with Game Table

Family Room Banquet Seating with Game Table