DIY Barn Quilt Table with Wood Shims

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DIY Barn Quilt Table

Using Unicorn Spit colored gel stains and wood shims to create a custom wood table

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*This post is sponsored by Unicorn SPiT, but all statements and opinions are mine.

A while back I had refinished a coffee table for a friend and replaced the old worn out top with reclaimed wood.  I never throw things away and still held onto the old top. I also had a set of hairpin legs laying around from another table I had taken apart.  While cleaning up a few things in my work area I decided to put those odds and end to good use and build a new table.

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Using the top of this old coffee table as the base I started by first sanding and painting a coat of Cece Caldwell’s Beckley Coal.  Then measuring and marking lines for the center of the table.  Once I had the center marked, I started cutting my wood shims for the center design at a 45 degree angle on one end.  Then using wood glue and an 18 gauge brad nailer, attached them in double layers in the arrow pattern from the center out.  

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I did not pre-stain the shims before nailing them because I knew I would be trimming and sanding them after the glue was dry.  It didn’t make sense to double my work when I can do it correctly the first time.

Then using a chalk line and a drafting square, I snapped chalk lines for each edge of the table to be a guide for trimming off the edges.

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Once I had the sides trimmed with the circular saw, I filled and sanded any gaps and nail holes.  After I cleaned off all the dust with a microfiber cloth, I grabbed a few colors of Unicorn SPiT colored gel stains.

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I started with Weathered Daydream.  Then added Rustic Reality and White Ning.

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Using 1 x 2, I measured for my miter cuts to trim out the edges of the table.

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A little more sanding and I stained the trim with Rustic Reality.  I attached the hairpin legs with 1” Spax screws, which by the way are the best thing since sliced bread!!  

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I did a light sanding over the entire table to even out the colors and to give it more of the worn barn quilt look.

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After I was happy with the color I put on one quick coat of a shellac wash coat (50/50 denatured alcohol and shellac).  Once that was dry I finished the entire table with a few coats of Black Dog Salvage Guard Dog sealer in matte.

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This stuff is quickly becoming one of my favorite protective finishes.  It’s super easy to use, self leveling and water based for easy clean up.

 

 

I let that dry an hour between each coat and only lightly sanded with 400 wet/dry before the last coat.

 

In the end I used 4 packs of wooden contractor shims and (2) 1 x 2 x 8 boards.

 

 


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