What do you do when you end up with a manhole cover? We turn it into an industrial bar table.
For those of you who might be new, we are making over a room above our garage into a “Game Room” or a “Man Cave”. Here is what we’ve been doing so far:
Week 2 – DIY Reclaimed Wood Planked Wall
BAR TABLE BEGINNINGS
Near our home in Phoenix, Arizona (we moved to Oregon a couple of years ago), we were exploring an open “desertish” area near our son’s orthodontist. The Mister found, what else…… an abandoned manhole cover. And who can say no to an orphaned manhole cover? Personally, I would love to know how it got from California to the Arizona desert anyways???????
If you are ever in the desert, people tend to throw the wildest things out there...bathtubs, broken air conditioner units, tires, etc.
Well, the Mister decided the manhole would make a nice tabletop so bring on the brawn and heave-ho.
Now we would need the bottom portion of this industrial bar table in the making…….
Of course, with an upcycle project, you never know what you will come across to make a project complete OR WHERE you will come across it!!!
On a drive from Arizona to Southern California, a drive we use to do quite often, the Mister spied, with his little eye, a huge truck brake drum. Perfect for the base of the table.
Again, this is a desert country. You see empty creek beds named Tarantula Ditch 😱. You will find tumbleweeds and open spaces…well like this:
AND several miles between exits!
We turned around, as any responsible junker would do. However, we didn’t know the exact spot we saw it. It seems like it would be easy to spot but not so much when you’re on a major interstate. We missed it and had to turn around again!!! Yes, we know there is a certain amount of crazy involved here. At least we got a good story out of it.
BAR TABLE BEGINNINGS PART 2
After we figured out how to get this beast into our van and not end up with a filthy mess, we took it home, only for it to get stolen from our side yard!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Back to the drawing board.
The Mister thought he remembered a truck tire on a rim around the same area. For our next trip, we had our eyes peeled for this tire.
Low and behold, we found it!!!! Can you believe it? I guess it might not be that unbelievable that someone didn’t pick up a huge abandoned truck tire though.
I am sure people driving by are thinking “What in the world???”.
After we get it home, the Mister cut off the tire which was a LOT of fun, just ask him..there was smoke involved, and NOW WE HAVE OUR BASE!
We, meaning The Mister, welded the post to a plate. The threaded rod was welded to the plate to go through the lug holes bolting the plate to the wheel. Tubing was welded near the top to stabilize the table.
AND THIS INDUSTRIAL BAR TABLE IS A BEAST!
It weighs a TON, but it certainly is a conversation piece.
The Mister is in hopes of making some stools however we haven’t come across any pieces YET so we did purchase these from Target.
For our one room challenge, in addition to the industrial bar table area, we have added lighting and a dartboard.
Some galvanized conduit was used for the lighting and the lights were found at our local Habitat for Humanity ReStore. The dartboard was a yard sale find. The Mister mounted it to a piece of board the was covered in felt.
Other than the chairs, most of this was upcycled materials. Great for budget makeovers.
We can cross table and chair off our list now:
MORE SALVAGED PROJECTS:
Here are a few more budget-friendly home projects we have been working on:
- Under $500 Thrifty Kitchen Makeover
- Low-Cost Rustic Bathroom Makeover
- Dining Room Makeover -On a Budget
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