Flea Market Flip, Upcycled Silo Doors

6 Materials
$50
1 Day
Medium

Today I’m transforming this pair of old silo doors that I found at a flea market back in August. It was love at first sight the minute I spied them from across the field. I had no idea what they were at the time, but I was definitely in love.

Look at that rusty hardware, look at that chunky wood.

When I first found the doors , I was thinking they would make a great pair of side tables but I've been itching to make another coffee table for a while. I just needed something cool to make one out of. What could be cooler than a pair of silo doors?

So, in my mind I'm thinking that the slanted edge on both doors would fit neatly together. This is not quite what I had in mind.

What I needed was a table saw to make an angle on one of the doors to fit the angle on the other.


I don't have a table saw but I do have a circular saw which does make angled cuts.


Clamp the wood down, draw a cut line, do a sample cut to make sure your angle is correct and cross your fingers.

A perfect cut.

Attach the two silo doors together with an aged piece of wood using screws on both sides to secure.

Sadly, I had to remove much of the hardware on the bottom of the doors but I will use it on a future project. I did leave all the bolt ends on the top for character. Any bolt posts that stuck out the bottom got cut off with a grinder.

I’m using the cross pieces on the silo door to attach shelves to the bottom of the coffee table.


To make 3 shelves, cut 6 pieces  6″x 4″. The length of your shelf will be the distance from outer cross piece to outer cross piece plus the thickness of the upright pieces on the ends.

Attach the shelves with wood glue and finish nails sanding any rough edges.


They are not attached to the silo doors just yet.

Paint with black chalk paint.


Lightly sand the edges then finish with vintage wax. Paint on and rub off the excess.

I've been working on the bottom of the coffee table the entire time that I don't think I've shown you all the character of the top. They do need a little work.

Let’s just say I sanded the top a lot!


Finish as desired. This is  Watco Danish Oil Wood Finish . Wipe on, let dry, repeat as necessary.  

Use more finish nails and wood glue to attach the shelves to the underside of the silo doors.

I found the hairpin legs online.


Attaching the hairpin legs is the easiest part of the entire project, they just screw on.

The shelf is a perfect place to stash magazines, books and even the TV remote.


I think this is my new favorite coffee table. The pictures can’t even begin to capture the richness of the wood.


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  • Lisa West
    on Oct 19, 2019

    Looks great. I bet its heavy to move lol. Be careful cleaning. Dont pull muscles or herniate a disk. If you do that we wint get to see all the beautiful work you do. Thank you for sharing. Just as adorable beautiful. It's a good size for all those coffees hot cocoa reading. Guests have a plane to put a drunk or a gift. Make those memories.

  • John Biermacher
    on Nov 4, 2019

    Very nice project.

    It caused me to visit your profile/blog. Impressive body of work. Will try and keep track of what you have going on.

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