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Posted by Chaya Kurtz | G+ | Jul 17, 2013

Inspiration: Four Rustic Tables Made from Scrap Lumber

The great thing about the rustic furniture trend is that you can take something kind of rough-hewn, and it's suddenly fashionable. Have you seen the Restoration Hardware catalog recently? People will pay a lot of money for wood furniture that looks like it was salvaged from somebody's attic. People will pay even more if the furniture looks like it was taken from a barn.

I'm not making fun of people who buy distressed furniture. If I were, I would be making fun of myself. The centerpiece of my own living/dining room is a pretty rough-looking reclaimed barnwood dining table. It's a big solid table that seats 8, which I bought from Modern Rust, a small company run by two carpenters somewhere near Washington D.C. Sometimes I get annoyed that my table is a little bit warped and the base of it is uneven, and the top has these cracks that crumbs get stuck in. But you know what? It's a great table. It has character, and nobody else in the neighborhood has the same one.

The fact that my table looks like someone went out in a barn and hammered it together makes my living/dining room look cool. You can make your house (or patio, or office) look cool by building yourself a table made of scrap lumber. If you don't have scrap lumber, some of the following tables can be made with cheap boards from your local home improvement store.

Kristi @Addicted2Decorating/Hometalk.com

This rugged coffee table is made from old cedar fence boards. It is what is known, in the world of retail furniture catalogs, as a "factory cart table". The weathered planks actually cover a frame made from regular home improvement store lumber.

Leslie H. @GwenMossBlog/Hometalk.com

Once again, you're looking at a reclaimed lumber tabletop (this one is old deck boards). It sits on top of a base made from conventional lumber.

Donna @Funky Junk Interiors/Hometalk.com

This long reclaimed lumber desk cost its maker a mere $3 for new screws. The lumber is entirely reclaimed shipping pallets. This one was made by Donna of Funky Junk Interiors, one of my favorite DIY remodeling experts.

Johnnie L. @ Saved By Love Creations/Hometalk.com

A $5 thrift shop find table got a facelift with chalk paint and a custom DIY reclaimed lumber top.

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