We were visiting friends of my parents last month that had just celebrated their 80th birthdays! You would never guess their age if you met them in person. At 80, they have accumulated a lot of things over the years and trying to decide what to keep and what to depart with can be a difficult thing. Let’s face it, you don’t have to be 80 to have a house full, ahem, garage full of collectables or things you just might need one day, right? We are definitely guilty of hanging on to things we don’t need and it is beyond time to start sifting through our garage and saying adios. That’s a post down the road so stay tuned.
We have had our parents and now, friends of parents, recently offer us a few of their meaningful and valuable things they have collected over the years. Either they are getting ready to move or something has been sitting in the attic collecting cobwebs. They know our modern rustic style and that if we can create a place for it or DIY it, we will be all over it! So, this beautiful live edge wood was given to us from our parent’s friends. The slice of walnut is from a farm in North Fairfield, Ohio. Our creative juices were flowing as soon as we put our hands on this beauty and it wasn’t long before we agreed that this was going to serve a bigger purpose and be our new live edge wood coffee station.
The most difficult decision was deciding which side of the live edge wood we would use for the top. This side was more aesthetic looking but the other side gave us more table top space.
3-24″ black cast iron pipe
5 “T” ‘s
2 – 18″ black cast iron pipes
6 – 6″ black cast iron pipes
4- 1″ extensions
4- end caps
After connecting all the pieces together, he made sure everything was level.
All the pipes were painted with Metallic Flat Soft Iron by Rust-Oleum. We already had this in the garage, but have you seen all the selections of not only colors, but finishes Rust-oleum that are available?
Dean then carefully attached the floor flanges into the live edge wood with 1″ screws. I was a little nervous about the screws going through the other side because the width of the wood was not consistent throughout the length of the wood. All was good!
There are so many options to finish your piece of live edge wood. Whether you pick out a beautiful wood stain, use polyurethane or decide to use what you already have in your garage. In our case, we already had tung oil. Tung oil is actually from the nut of the tung tree. It revitalized this raw form of wood into a beautiful natural finish, perfect for what we had in store. As soon as it was put together, we got busy letting it serve it’s purpose.
Meet our new live edge wood coffee station! With all the family and friends we have in town this week, this coffee station is a perfect place to start our mornings. If you are looking for other coffee station ideas, take a look at these: