After months of procrastinating, my reclaimed wood and iron pipe coffee bar is finally built and happily perched in our kitchen!
Actually, assembled is more like it. In fact, putting this coffee bar together was easier than assembling my IKEA mirror. So if you’ve been itching to incorporate the reclaimed-wood-iron-pipe look in your home, keep reading!
For those of you just joining me, I had a long, bare wall in my kitchen that needed….something:
After a bit of Pinterest-browsing, I decided on a rustic, utilitarian coffee bar.
And here it is! Now the long, empty wall is fulfilled. 🙂
The journey of this table begins with our November 2013 house fire.
Part of our deck burned and the charred pieces of decking were removed and replaced. Since this charred lumber was overall still useful, we kept it. (And by “kept it” I mean we stacked the decking in the yard and left it to the elements.)
Got some old 2x6s lying around? They look a zillion times better than brand-spanking new lumber.
Now, let’s get assembling!
Reclaimed Wood & Iron Pipe Coffee Bar Tutorial
You will need:
- Sand paper
- Measuring tape
- 4 long 2x6s (mine are 8′ long California redwood decking planks)
- 8 1/2″x18″ threaded iron plumbing pipes
- 16 1/2″ diameter iron floor flanges
- 6 8″ braces
- 88 1-1/4″ wood screws
- Small corner brackets (for anchoring to wall), optional
First, sand any rough or splintered areas on your wood until smooth and no longer stabby.
Next, assemble the top half.
- Place 2 of your 2x6s side-by-side and bottom-side-up until the edges match up evenly.
- Screw 3 of the braces equal distances apart from one another perpendicular to the 2x6s. Make sure to press the wood together tightly so there’s no gaps.
- Next, determine the placement of your flanges. I chose to place mine 1″ in from the corner.
- Screw in your flanges, 1 in each corner.
- Next, take a plumbing pipe and tightly screw a flange on one end. Screw the other end of the pipe tightly into the flange that’s been screwed to the 2×6.
- Repeat with remaining 3 corners.
Milestone Moment: I FINALLY worked up the courage to use a power saw to cut the wood myself. Here’s the video. Eek!
Now assemble the bottom half of the table.
- Place the remaining 2x6s side-by-side and bottom-side-up together and screw in the remaining 3 braces.
- Flip the whole thing over.
- Have a friend help you stack the top half of the table onto the bottom half so that the corners match up.
- Adjust the pipes if they are bowing in or out. You want them suckers standing straight up and down.
- Screw flanges into place.
To finish the table:
- Have a friend help you flip the entire piece upside down.
- Place flanges in the same area on the corners of the table as the other flanges.
- Screw in flanges.
- Tightly screw in remaining 4 pipes.
- Screw remaining 4 flanges on the ends of the pipes.
Once you’ve asked that trusty friend to help you flip the table back over, buy them a burger. After the burger, apply a couple coats of polyurethane from your good ol’ trusty-crusty can that you’ve had for years. (I just keep busting through the dried layers of poly for each project.)
Since my floors are a bit slanted and since the coffee bar is so narrow, I decided to anchor my table to the wall using 2″ corner brackets and long, narrow wood screws:
Now the bar is nice and sturdy.
All I need to do now is solve the nasty-kitty-dining-area issue going on beneath the coffee bar:
But in the meantime, look at all this newly reclaimed counter space!
I plan to bake a lemon cake on it and make a HUGE mess in celebration. (I love being an adult.)
Last night, I could barely sleep in anticipation of brewing and pouring my morning coffee on our new bar. Who needs caffeine to wake you up when there’s new furniture? Weeee!
Here’s to small pleasures, beautiful spaces, reclaimed wood and iron pipes! (Stay tuned for the final kitchen makeover reveal)
How do you like your coffee?
I prefer strong coffee with half-and-half and a spoonful of coconut oil. Mmmmm…..