This table came to us with two large burn holes in it. What to do?
So many options:
-Do we repair with pieces of wood, maybe in contrast to the hoop pine top?
-Do we insert pieces of marble or granite?
-No! Let’s cut up some ancient rusty circular saw blades and place them flush with the pine top, buff the metal up and penetrol it, so the finish is a dark pitted patina against an oiled old pine top with old worn painted base.
Your hot pots can go straight onto the steel inserts for serving - no more burnt top for this table. The wood and metal combo goes so well together with the painted white legs.
A beautiful functional piece which we have restored from the scrap heap.
This great old farm work bench, on arrival to our work shed, presented itself as having once been a highly functional piece that had been left on a dirt floor and so the ends of its legs were decaying with rot.
So should we mercilessly cut the legs right back to allow a chunky coffee table to be spawned; or cut just enough off, add wheels and resurrect a mobile multifunctional work bench with a shelf?
We chose the latter and in fact it turned out perfect for a kitchen bench, a hall table, or a servery on a deck.
It is now a great work bench height and easy to move about on its industrial wheels. The whole piece has been reinforced and there is now a shelf beneath the bench top, which looks like it has always been there and which would be great for storage.
This is one of our amazing shop counters we made for flowers at the farm in Byron Bay. This counter is made from 100 year old Baltic pine European doors with a old rustic top. it has been finished in a heavy wearing oil then cut back with a dark wax to give the old look but be very practical at the same time.