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
Supplies I used:
A vintage wheelbarrow
Cedar strip planks
Larger wood planks for a base
Cordless drill and screws
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1. Reclaimed wood cedar strips were gathered, then using a palm sander, were sanded down to achieve a smooth finish.
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!
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.
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.
6. The cedar planks were attached to the larger planks with drywall screws.
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!
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?
Wheelbarrow coffee table reveal
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…
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.
Add an old kettle filled with cut hydrangeas for a vignette…
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?! 🙂 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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60 thoughts on “A gutsy wheelbarrow coffee table project”
I LOVE that coffee table! Unbelievable! Wow!
Sometimes, ya just gotta roll with it baby! hardy-har-har…
Very cool and totally unexpected…
Donna that is way cool!! A coffee table that is also a magazine holder that can be moved anywhere you want it to go ~
Gotta love it!!
that is totally ingenious! love it, Donna! 🙂
Shut the ridiculously big front door!!! OMG this is awesome! I did giggle when I saw it b/c it is that cool! Good job 🙂
COOL! OK I think I played it a little too safe on mine LOL. I did try to think outside the box though.
You are so cute…and funny. AND if you cut a round hole right in the middle you could use it for a portable outhouse…..just a thought….xo Diana
How fun. I gotta start building!
So cute! I almost did something close to that! But I think mine is pretty gutsy too, hopefully I can finish and link up tomorrow!
I wanna make one!!!
Over the top fabulous, Donna. I love it. I just joined in. Hope you like my link. Thanks for hosting this awesome challenge.
Love! (The pointy board worries me a little…just saying’)
I LOVE it! I know I say that a lot, but it’s true! I love it! Really great job, Donna!
I love the rustic book- mobile. Looks great!
Rightfully so, #12 Krista, I use to worry about that stuff more too when my kiddo was a toddler. 🙂
Thanks everyone! I’m still laffin’ at it…
THAT is CRAZY funky CUTE!
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.
Donna the coffee table is cool! I linked up a past project, it felt gutsy when I did it. Thanks for thinking outside the wheelbarrow!
Hi Donna! I really do love your coffee table, unique and gutsy for sure! I linked another project I did a few days ago, just may be a bit more gutsy for sure! Thank you.
that is terrific! i did NOT see where you were going with this, but i love it!
you must have a really BIG house! / yard! / shed!
thanks for the prompt!