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 folks who buy distressed furniture. If I were, I would be making fun of myself. The centerpiece of my own living/dining room is a 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 near Washington D.C. Sometimes I get annoyed that my table's a little bit warped and its base 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 adds cool to my living/dining room. You can add cool to your house (or patio, or office) 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/

This rugged coffee table is constructed of 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/

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/

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

Johnnie L. @ Saved By Love Creations/

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

Chaya Kurtz writes for

Updated August 12, 2018.


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