A gutsy wheelbarrow coffee table project

Learn how to make this gutsy wheel barrow coffee table with scrap wood! Easy and assembled in minutes! Click for full tutorial. #repurpose #upcycle #coffeetable

A gutsy wheelbarrow coffee table project

Last week I challenged you to create something gutsy.

 

I challenged you to create something you’ve never seen done before. Something you may be afraid of someone not (gasp!) liking. I wanted to take you out of your comfort zone so you’d be free to experiment and go wild with what you saw in your mind’s eye.

 Well, feel free to go crazy because I did too!  Here’s mine…

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A gutsy wheelbarrow coffee table project

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See how these cedar planks about to become a rustic coffee table surface!

Supplies I used:
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A vintage wheelbarrow

Clear spray sealer

Cedar strip planks

Larger wood planks for a base

Miter Saw

Cordless drill and screws

Palm sander

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See how these cheap sanded-down cedar planks about to become a rustic coffee table surface!

How-to:

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1. Reclaimed wood cedar strips were gathered, then using a palm sander, were sanded down to achieve a smooth finish.

Why I spray sealer on rusted or flaky metal - see how this wheelbarrow transformed into a coffee table!.

2. My fav old antique wheelbarrow received a good scrub, then got sprayed all over with a clear spray sealer.

Using a clear coat of some kind helps enhance paint tones and rust, while keeping you safer!

See how these wood planks turned a wheelbarrow into a coffee table!

3. Larger wood planks cut to all the same length were outfitted on top of the wheelbarrow which would ultimately provide a base for the cedar strips.

Tip: For this project, you’ll want to ensure the boards will lay level, whether that means to add something underneath or place the wheelbarrow wheel on something.

Why pre-drilling holes in old wood is so important before screwing them down... click to visit tutorial.

4. The cedar planks were positioned on top of the larger planks to cover them up.

I desired the wood on top to be weathered, so you can possibly just use the larger planks as-is if they are the patina you desire.

5. Each cedar strip was predrilled in several places before being screwed down to the larger planks.

Pre-drilling really helps to reduce wood splits, especially in older wood.

Why pre-drilling holes in old wood is so important before screwing them down... click to visit tutorial.

6. The cedar planks were attached to the larger planks with drywall screws.

Learn how to make this gutsy wheel barrow coffee table with scrap wood! Easy and assembled in minutes! Click for full tutorial. #repurpose #upcycle #coffeetable

I choose to intentionally jog the boards so they wouldn’t be perfectly aligned on each side, but you could cut them straight if desired!

Learn how to make this gutsy wheel barrow coffee table with scrap wood! Easy and assembled in minutes! Click for full tutorial. #repurpose #upcycle #coffeetable

I ran out of room to fit in all the wood between the wheelbarrow handles, so I cut out a chunk with a jig saw.

Yup! This will do!

“As what?!?”,  you ask?

Learn how to make this gutsy wheel barrow coffee table with scrap wood! Easy and assembled in minutes! Click for full tutorial. #repurpose #upcycle #coffeetable

Wheelbarrow coffee table reveal
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Here, lemme tell you what it is as I roll your coffee over to you on my new-old…

… wheelbarrow coffee table!

It’s junky, not too big, can be easily moved…

Learn how to make this gutsy wheel barrow coffee table with scrap wood! Easy and assembled in minutes! Click for full tutorial. #repurpose #upcycle #coffeetable

And even has built-in magazine storage!

I left the large boards as separate planks so I could flip one side up easily for easy magazine access.

A vintage kettle becomes a flower vase for a unique wheelbarrow turned coffee table! Click to learn how!

A vintage kettle becomes a flower vase for a unique wheelbarrow turned coffee table! Click to learn how!

Add an old kettle filled with cut hydrangeas for a vignette…

Learn how to make this gutsy wheel barrow coffee table with scrap wood! Easy and assembled in minutes! Click for full tutorial. #repurpose #upcycle #coffeetable

And I do believe this wheelbarrow coffee table is indeed gutsy!

And now I want a bigger one!

This is an easy project that sort of resembles how an industrial cart coffee table would work. But this is garden style… right?! πŸ™‚ Maybe we can make this become a thing after this!

Anyway, I enjoy how this turned out and while it’s gutsy… it’s also super productive too! It works!

Think you’ll try a version of this idea for something?


.Got the guts to link up something equally brave in your world? 

Let’s see whatcha did! Link yours up below!

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  1. That’s a little out there but definitely cool and it works! This was a fun post. I linked up. It’s not something I did just for this challenge but I did it about a month ago before the challenge was made. I definitely went bold and out of my comfort zone, had to tweak a bit but ended up loving it.

  2. What’s good about the coffee table is that you can roll it out of the way to do your exercises! Yeah, right, just like I do. Another fantastic project! Ann

  3. … and suits my other busted up junk just fine!

    Ha-ha-ha… that gave me a good chuckle, Donna!

    The coffee table …uh, wheelbarrow / magazine holder…whatever it’s so versatile you can’t really give it a proper name!

    love it. Pat

  4. Well, I gotta say this may be the first one that isn’t doing it for me. BUT don’t put too much into what I say. I once saved a really old two seater outhouse seat that I thought would make a very cool coffee table. DH talked me into throwing it out. Dang.

  5. Ridiculously cool! That certainly is gutsy! I’d park it in the kitchen late in the evening and train my kiddo to make the morning coffee, put a cup or two on the table and wheel it to me as I relax on the couch!

    I linked up a jewelry project that is a little out there but I like it! Thanks for challenging me!

  6. Well how cute! Great, now the price of wheelbarrows are going to go up. ….everyone is going to want to make coffee tables out of them! Seriously, you are so creative. I want to thank you for encouraging me to challenge myself. I think I’ve created a pretty nifty bathroom , because of your encouragement !

  7. Nope, I didn’t see that one coming! IF I were to try to duplicate this, my boards would all have to be straight with rounded corners, not for a toddler, but for MYSELF! LOL I am a total klutz. I wish I had time to work on this, but I have 2 kids birthdays in the same week with a sleepover of 8 yr old girls… I’d rather be crafting! LOL!

  8. Wow!!! What an amazing coffee table!!

    Thank you also for hosting this event; I’ve added my upholstered headboard with nailhead trim. While this may seem a little bit ho hum, this was a HUGE endeavour for me (I would have NEVER tried a project like this in the past). And my gutsiest move yet – well, to actually link up to it on my new blog! I hope you like it πŸ™‚

    Take care,
    Christina
    designingbynumbers.blogspot.com

  9. O.K. YOU GOT THE OSCAR!!!****AWESOME TABLE****
    I am rolling, I have laughed so hard my tummy hurts. Girl you have imagination. That is too
    cool. When I saw you sprayed it I knew it was
    going in the house, but I didn’t know how the heck you were going to use it. All I can say is
    girl you are good, hands down. Your right you do need two drills, one always goes dead just about the time you are almost through.
    <<<<<<<< AWESOME JOB !!!!!!!!!!>>>>>>>>>>
    I use daddy’s large old wooden toolbox for my magazines and old ice tongs for a paper towel rack, a hay hook hangs in my dining room holds a silver creamer, and an old display rack hangs on the side of my frig. holds my collection of vintage chocolate covered cherry boxes, but I think you got me beat. Thanks so much I really enjoyed this post and if no one heard me laughing in my neighborhood I will get to live here another 44yr. (They know I am by myself)

  10. LOL! When I told Jim (hubby) about your wb coffee table this morning over coffee, he didn’t believe me. Had to hand my iPhone over for proof. I laughed at his doubt, I said; “you should know better than to think she wouldn’t or couldn’t do something” Shame on him!

    It’s a winner in my book…love it!

  11. Excellent! Great elements & style. The challenge was definately motivating-my gutsy project used some great parts off of a combine and turned it into a great piece of art/photo holder. I don’t have a blog but you can check out pix on my FB page-The Shabby Tabby. Keep up the great work!

  12. I actually gasped!! This is too cool, and i LOVE it! I would have never dreamed this up in one million years.

    So glad I am not the only girl in the world that has one cordless drill. I get frustrated with myself every time I do a new project where I need both drill and screwdriver. And I don’t even want to tell you how often I go to Home Depot. For some reason, never registers on my brain when I am there.

  13. I hope a Makita rep sees your blog and rewards you with a second drill. Preferably pink.

    I’m making Roman shades out of our old lace curtains and sheets from Goodwill. No camera in this house, or I’d link up with my project. Dang.

  14. HA! just reading this now AFTER i did something gutsy (not linkable yet) AND posted about YOU and “originality” in the blog world today.

    this post is GUTSY and you have inspired and motivated–well, based on your stats–quite a few peeps via your platform here. and with gutsy creations like the wheelbarrow coffee table. personally, i love it, esp that magazine hide-away area.

    keep ’em comin’!

    amy

  15. Hey Donna ~ new at this linking up thing ~ do you have a button for this? Can you tell I’m a little green? Wishing you well in all your endeavors ~ I understand your quandry ~ been there for years.

    πŸ™‚ Dana