My step-father was lucky enough to happen upon someone tearing down a barn and disposing of the wood. He collected many wonderful pieces, this being one of them. When I saw the chunky thickness of the piece, many ideas flooded my head: bar, coffeetable, bench, fireplace mantle. Thankfully, the piece was given to me so I could experiment with my many ideas. The long piece even looked neat propped-up in the corner of a room for a short while.
The nice thing about this project was the ease of its construction. It's simply a vintage barn beam on supports. Coming up with ideas for legs or a base was problematic at first, but I'm pleased with what I found for this purpose. Of course, the perfect accessories pulled the entire look together and the lower height and narrowness of the piece opened up the space.
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simple, reclaimed barn wood bench.
If you liked this project, read about my chippy paint rustic shelf (shown below)
made of discarded barn siding found in a wooded area! A tutorial for this shelf will be coming soon!