{ industrial table project. }

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope that you all had a fantastic Christmas and holiday season, and that you were able to spend a lot of time with those you love. I most certainly did, and am so thankful for that. I know it has taken me a while to post anything since I last did before Christmas, but I was trying to make the most of my much needed holiday break from “the daily grind”. Anyhow, I thought I would kick the New Year off with my first post being about a project that I am super excited to share. This one has been in the works for a little while, from actually finishing it, to taking pictures as it is set up now. I hope you enjoy taking a look!

I had been looking for a table that could work as a décor table for our entryway, and wanted it to have a rustic/industrial look to it. When my husband and I went to a vintage market out in Cochrane AB back in the fall of 2014, we came upon a booth where a lady was using an old metal greenhouse/garden table as part of her display. Her and her father had added some barn board to the top of the table (which looked awesome), but the base of it was still open. As soon as I saw it I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it, so we purchased it from her. Unfortunately, we only drive a car still at this point so weren’t able to fit it in our vehicle and take it home that day. Amateur move, hey? So the lady we bought the table from graciously offered to drive it back to her shop in Fort Macleod AB. Then we could come pick it up when we had a different vehicle available to us. She also let us know there is a great source for barn wood in the town that I could use for future projects (bonus!).

Story time! A couple of weeks after purchasing this table, we took a trip with Troy’s parents down to pick it up. Fort Macleod is a seriously small town (around 3000 people). It seemed almost uninhabited when we were driving in. Anyways, once we located the shop our table was being stored in, which took a bit of time because the lady that we bought it from was somehow unreachable the day we chose to go there, we asked some people where the source for barn wood was that we had heard about. A man came to the shop we were standing in, seemingly out of nowhere, and told us to follow him in his car. After driving about 10 minutes we ended up in a random field/old aircraft storage facility picking out pieces of wood for both this table and another future project. Sorry this story is so long-winded! It’s just a funny adventure that really makes this table memorable for Troy and I. Once we had our table, barn wood, and ourselves back up to Calgary, we got to work finishing the table.

I wanted to add a second shelf to the table, so the first step was figuring out which pieces/sides of wood we wanted to use.


After that was done, we cut the pieces of wood down to size and aligned them on the second level.



Once we had attached the wood, we clamped it down for the night, just to make sure everything was securely in place.


With everything nice and sturdy, we then had to work on roughing up and staining the ends of the wood that were freshly cut so that they would match the existing old wood.


Once that was done, and everything was dry and looking how we liked, then our table was complete! The trickiest part was the staining as it is almost impossible to replicate nice, weathered wood exactly, but we did our best! Actually, we used the expertise of my Father-in-law for the entire project, which is definitely why it turned out so well.

Here is how our table looks in our place now!

IMG_1977-002I still have our place set up for the winter season, as it will be snowy here probably until May.


I had quite a bit of fresh greenery left over from Christmas outside that I decided to put into one of my little wire baskets. I love how our house still smells of greenery because of it.


I also, of course, am still using pinecones in my house as long as it is winter..


My hubby bought the vintage milk jug carrier for my birthday a couple of years ago when I was first really getting into vintage and rustic items.


I also had fun filling my other wire basket with a few mason jars.


I’m really having fun with this vintage-industrial look.


A few more pictures, just because I am happy with our table.




I am really loving the results of this project, and how it adds to our home. i hope you like it too!

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I just want to take a minute to say thank you to everyone who has been so encouraging to me as I have started this blogging journey. I know I still have a LOT to learn, but I am so looking forward to growing in this over the next year. I am working a few less hours per week at my “day job” starting this week, so I am hoping I will have more time to do DIY projects and post more of my home decorating adventures for you all to see this year. Thanks so much for your patience. And thank you for stopping by!

– – Rachel, at The Porch Light Cottage

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