How to Build a Reclaimed Wood Bench/Coffee Table

I love working with relaimed wood. I love taking something that someone else would throw out or burn and making something pretty and useful with it. This bench/coffee table is a simple build and a prefect example of what you can do with salvaged wood.

Use bright, fun colors to make this piece pop!

I used 4 spindles for legs. You also could use 4 2x2's. Using some 1x3" reclaimed barnwood, I cut the short sides 11" long and attached them to the legs.

The long sides are 48" long.

I cut some pallet wood (heavy, dense pallet wood) into 14" pieces. I attached these to a center board that was 6 1/2" wide.

The center board needs to fit between the legs.

Attach the top by screwing 2 screws through the end into the center board.

I added 2 screws down through the inside long side pieces.

Next I painted it--here is a link to my paint technique:

I really like the size of this piece--long and narrow, perfect for in front of a couch or as a bench.

These beachy colors make me happy!

DIY home decor using reclaimed wood

Check out more ways to create DIY home decor using reclaimed wood here.

Becky--Beyond The Picket Fence
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