Barnwood Beam Bench

Sometimes the best pieces are found in the most unexpected places, you know? I was up at the family farm a few weeks ago in Canada and found this amazing piece of a beam from the old barn. I knew instantly I needed to bring it home and make something special out of it, so without a thought I threw it into the bed of the truck (with permission of course) and just hoped I could get it back across the border.

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This was after sanding it for a good hour (slight exaggeration there). But it did get the smell of pigs off it.

So on my 9.5 hour drive home a few days later, I kept thinking about what I wanted to do with it. I knew I wanted to keep the natural color, and also to keep it simple because it already has SO much character and meaning behind it, but what exactly, I couldn’t figure out.

I finally decided on entryway bench. Somewhere to set your bags before you take the dogs out, to stage your gym bag for your early morning workout, or just somewhere to put your shoes on.

I did some research, looking for inspiration on what to do for legs but kept coming up empty handed. I then realized that with the bench already being 2.5″ thick, it really needed something simple. I remembered seeing metal legs a few times, and went hunting for a good brand.

The more I looked the more I realized Industrial By Design had exactly what I was looking for. I ended up ordering these legs on Amazon using prime so they came the same night.

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I got to work on sanding that night. I went over the entire beam with 80 grit sandpaper and then again with 150grit. I followed that with 2 coats of Matte poly over the entire beam.

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Industrial By Design recommends to put furniture wax on the metal legs to preserve them.

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Next it was time to attach the legs. The legs don’t come with screws, so I used 1.75″ screws I had on hand.

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Industrial By Design offers these legs in black and silver. Everything in my apartment is already pretty dark, so I chose the silver to lighten up the space a bit. I think it’s helping a ton (though they look black in the picture below).

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Excuse the dog toys, but overall I am SO incredibly happy with the finished product.

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