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Published on March 20th, 2013 | by Jules Yap


Hemnes Beautified Barnboard Coffee Table

Materials: Hemnes Square Grey Brown Coffee Table

Description: I loved the size and shape of my Hemnes Coffee Table but thought it needed to be beautified just a bit.

I began by painting the base of this coffee table in Anne Sloans Chalkpaint in French Linen and then sanding with a fine sand paper.

I then cut 5 lengths of 1″(d) x 7.25″(h) pine planks to 36″(l). I hit them with a hammer, crow bar and heavy chains to give them a worn appearance. I then sanded these with a heavy sandpaper to make sure it was smooth & the edges were not sharp.

I began the process by staining the wood with a steel wool and vinegar mixture, this gave the wood a nice aged patina. I then watered down BM Texas Leather to a milky consistency and applied evenly. Then, it was onto my light gray layers.

First I watered down ASCP in French Linen(base color) and applied unevenly, then I filled in the gaps with BM Revere Pewter(watered down). I let dry for a few hours in a cool, dry place and then sanded aggressively and unevenly, letting each plank maintain some originality.

I then adhered it to a mdf base(subfloor) measuring 35 x 35(slightly smaller),from bottom of subfloor. I then flipped it back over planks side up and nailed decorative nails to the top, leaving the pre-drilled holes empty at each corner. I laid the barnboard top over the Hemnes base and adhered it with long roofing nails at each corner.
To finish this top, I used ASCP clear wax to preserve the look.

I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out, it is perfect statement piece for the room.

See more of the Hemnes Barnboard coffee table.

~ Jennifer, New York

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Jules Yap

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12 Responses to Hemnes Beautified Barnboard Coffee Table

  1. Liz says:


  2. Love the new rustic look of the coffee table. Another great project by City Farmhouse.

  3. RoseAG says:

    Nice looking table!

  4. Wanda says:

    I’m a big fan of the city farmhouse and this hack does not disappoint. Thanks for sharing!! :)

  5. Such a great finished piece and great tips thanks! Love the colour you chose and the general colour scheme of the room. Beautiful :)

  6. Carla says:

    The result was excellent. It looks really pretty :)

  7. Anonymous says:

    This is really a pretty coffee table.

  8. I LOVE this! It turned out amazing! I’m definitely going to try to replicate this!

  9. Juliane at Modern Mural says:

    Love the whitewash. Great choice to add some character to the white table!

  10. Alan Haverty says:

    Detailed post, nice build, congrats!

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