I’ve been thinking about this one for months now. Some time ago, I was picking through this huge old furniture factory in downtown Portsmouth, huge like 70,000 sq ft building, and came across 4 cool pieces of glass leaned up against a wall. Halfway covered by some old doors and other junk. I pulled one out and asked about the origin. It was a piece of an old factory paint booth from the 1930s. The guy had actually dismantled the paint booth years ago and kept four of the windows. They’re in a galvanized steel frame, thick chicken wire explosion proof glass. I thought they were cool, but wasn’t sure what I’d do with them. So I only took one. It had a thick rubber seal on the good side, which took forever to scrape off. I then took my grinder and a flap disc and it cleaned up real nice. I did some lettering on that one and hung it up on the wall in our living room. Looks like a window sign from an old store or something.
Anyway, I finally made it back over there and picked up another piece and thought it would be the perfect size for a long, low profile coffee table. Like the stuff you see at Restoration Hardware for $1000. I got a lead on an old barn that was just torn down and thought if that panned out, some barn board would be a nice base for this table. I managed to get the wood, really just enough for this table. The base is made entirely of reclaimed barn board. The outside framework is made from 2x4s, the bottom is made from slats of rough cut barn board. Reclaimed hinges, the knob on the door is off an old metal industrial age dresser. The glass is in a galvanized steel frame, super thick and I’d say nearly unbreakable. The only new pieces are the legs. All the wood was stained with a dark kona stain. I just finished this up, but as soon as all the stain soaks in, it’s going to be finished in tung oil finish to give it just a little bit of sheen and seal the wood. Not really sure what to call the style, but it’s got a pretty low profile, modern design with a rustic look. Would look great in a farm house or loft apartment.
This table is actually pretty versatile, you can unscrew the legs and it could be mounted to the wall to use as a cabinet. Add some shelves and boom.
Dimensions: 54″ long x 15″ deep x 11″ high
This will be available in our Etsy shop or for local pickup. $525
I’d LOVE to sell this locally and can offer a nice discount if I don’t have to pack and ship it!