Whether you are watching the big game or gathering friends to scope out the latest Game of Thrones episode, a bar will ALWAYS come in handy inside of your home. Unfortunately for most people it just isn’t feasible to create an entire bar area due to space limitations. A person by the username Kayweg found a large chunk of pine wood in his garage and decided to see if he could solve this dilemma. The results? A killer bar that was space-efficient and gorgeous to look at. Let’s follow his journey and see what you need to do in order to duplicate his success!
30. A sneak peek at the finished product.
We aren’t going to tease you along through this entire journey without telling you what to expect. Here’s a sneak peek at the finished product. Would you believe that this bar table started out as a simple slab of wood? Well, you should and we’re going to show you the step-by-step transformation process.
29. It started with a slab of pine.
Scrounging around in his garage, Kayweg managed to find this slab of solid pine. Looks pretty different now, doesn’t it? Here we see that Kayweg has begun to plane down the material. Kayweg used a 3-inch planer and he had to pass over the pine several times in order to smooth it out.
28. Dad to the rescue.
Kayweg gets his father involved with the process. Here we see Kayweg’s dad running a wire brush up and down the sides of the wood. The goal here was to clean up the rough surface while still retaining much of the character of the wood. We’re not making an Ikea table here; we’re making something with personality!
27. Cutting the wood to size.
On the corner of the pine wood you can now see that there is a chunk missing from the frame. Kayweg took a chainsaw to the corner in order to get a rough, angled cut. Say it with us: something with personality. Kayweg is enthused with the rough cut and his dad just keeps on brushing.
26. An urban twist appears!
Kayweg won’t commit fully to the fashion of pipe legs but he feels like they are a strong choice for this particular project. This sort of metal piping is very popular right now for home furniture and design. Metal pipes are urban, steampunk, and totally rad.
25. Assembling the legs.
The pile of pipes quickly turns into a functioning leg assembly. Kayweg admits that he bought these pipes from Menards, opting to go the more economical route. You could end up spending a ton of money on overpriced steampunk decor online if you aren’t careful. Trust in your DIY spirit, buy local!
24. A rough test of the table.
It never hurts to check in on your work. Here Kayweg has assembled the entire pipe-leg assembly. The table fits and it looks darn good in doing so. We’re getting rustic-urban vibes from this furniture already. We’ve still got a ways to go, however, so let’s get back to work.
23. Coating the iron legs.
A little DIY tip: these iron pipes aren’t fit to paint until you remove the oily residue that they are coated with. The oil on the pipes helps prevent them from rusting, but that won’t be an issue in your living room.
22. A bit of welding.
While the pipes are solid when assembled, Kayweg still wants a little more confidence in their structure. He decides to spot weld all of the joints together to increase stability. Kayweg readily admits that he isn’t a great welder. We can’t be perfect at everything, right?
21. Painting the pipe legs.
After cleaning the oil off of the pipe legs Kayweg decides that it is time to change the color. How can you go wrong with satin black? You can’t, that’s just a fact. Painting the legs goes relatively swimmingly so we’ll move on to the next step.
20. Next, comes the scary metal chain.
When you are going for rustic and charming, you need to have some character. Kayweg decides to beat the table down with this metal chain in order to give the wood some texture. This is probably the most hilariously scary part of creating this table. Make sure the area is clear before you start swinging that chain around.
19. Smoothing out the surface.
After the surface has been sufficiently abused it is time to smooth it all out. Kayweg turns to a heavy duty hand sander in order to accomplish the trick. Several passes over the wood later and we have a table top that is starting to look charming.
18. Let’s stain this thing.
In order to give the table top a more finished look we see that Kayweg has busted out some dark staining material. He ends up primarily using the Espresso blend on the left to give the surface its color. An attempt to age the ends of the table with Dark Walnut, the bottle on the right, doesn’t quite go as planned. Can’t win ’em all.
17. Now to let it sit.
Now we can see that the stain is doing its job. Kayweg sits back and lets the chemical go to work. He decides at this point that he probably isn’t going to age the corner cut of the table with the dark walnut. Also, someone was drinking Sunkist. Way to go, guys.
16. A closer look at the staining process.
Here is a nice close up view of the staining process. The staining is easily bringing out old details in the wood. This is going to look very nice when it is done.
15. Another close up.
This is why Kayweg went through all of the trouble to beat up the surface of the table. All of the imperfections and bruising that he inflicted on the table would go on to give it some real detail. That’s kind of beautiful. Poetic, even. But we’re not here for poetry. We’re here for the DIY work.
14. Sanding off the excess staining.
Kayweg lets the staining sit for as long as he can before busting out the hand sander. He goes over the areas with excess staining in order to smooth out and level the material. Easy.
13. Cleaning up the surface.
There is no right or wrong way to sand out the staining. Kayweg chooses to sand some spots longer than others. This gives the table a multi-layered and textured look. He also uses a tack cloth to clean up all of the sawdust.
12. The thick staining finish.
At this point you’ve probably read the word ‘stain’ so many times that you are starting to question what it really means. Still, it is important. Now we need to have our final coat. Kayweg opts for miniwax wiping stain — applied very thick.
11. Voila! Stain applied.
Kayweg uses a liberal amount of the stain in order to get a solid coating. It comes on a little darker than he expected but as it dries it will start to reveal more of the wood’s character.
10. Another angle of the staining process.
Here is another view of the table post-staining. You can really get a feel for how long this sofa back bar is going to be. Plenty of room to throw your elbows down and dig into a burger and your beer.
9. Wiping the table off.
After having the table sit with the thick coating of stain, it is time to wipe it down. Here we can see the true nature of the wood, including all of the beautiful blemishes that Kayweg had inflicted upon the material. You can see that he didn’t quite get an even stain, color wise, on the material. As your eyes travel up the pine you will notice that the wood gets darker.
8. The darker end.
Kayweg is admittedly a bit miffed that his staining wasn’t even but that is the beauty of DIY work. The little imperfections on the table make it completely unique. There is not another one like this in the world.
7. Time to mount the legs.
We can’t stare at the table stain forever. Kayweg lets the table sit for a little bit to dry before flipping it over. Here we see that he has mounted the pipe leggings to the wood.
6. A nice view of the pipes.
Here we have a long view of the entire table after the legs have been mounted to the wood. Are we wrong for being equally impressed with his massive workspace? Seriously, that has to be a huge garage or a barn. Good job on that, Kayweg.
5. A coating of polyurethane is applied.
With the legs attached and the stain finished we are rapidly nearing the finish line. Here we see that Kayweg has put on his first coat of polyurethane in order to seal the wood. We can really see the character of the wood in this shot. Gorgeous.
4. A wide view of the polyurethane process.
Here we can see that the first layer of polyurethane has been almost completely absorbed by the wood. While the table looks great, that isn’t the goal. Another layer is required.
3. The table in all of its glory.
Here is a nice close up view of the table that shows off the character of the wood along with the pipe foundation. The textures and colors work really well together. This is definitely some high quality decor. We can practically taste the cheese curds and beer.
2. A view of the texture.
It is all too easy to take the detail work for granted on a project like this. However, each step of the way was completely integral in order to get the table to have this sort of character and personality. It’s simply gorgeous. The knots in the wood, the multi-layered sanding, and the chain beat down all made this happen.
1. The table is ready!
With the help of his father Kayweg is able to get his table into place, right behind the couch. They add a couple of chairs to the table and suddenly it is all good to go. Could you see yourself bellied up to this bar table, watching the game? More importantly: could you see yourself making a table like this?
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