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Weathered Rustic End Table with Weatherwash Stain


It’s the latest home decor trend taking Pinterest by storm.

Antiques, refurbished thrift store treasures, shiplap, farmhouse sinks, butcher block counters, vintage corbels, old windows … and, last but definitely not least, barn wood.

There are a million and one ways to DIY barn wood – paint, dry brushing, put the board outside for a couple of years … I may have considered that at one point … mixing stains, etc.

But why not actually weather it?!? (No, not by putting the boards outside for a couple years)

Today’s the day, my friends. Today’s the day.

I’ve got the free plans for a weathered rustic end table comin at ya, along with a new stain – a.k.a barn wood in a bottle.

Enjoy the free plans and new stain!

Weathered Rustic End Table

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Tools & Supplies


  • 3  |   1 x 2 @ 8′
  • 1  |   1 x 4 @ 6′
  • 1  |   1 x 6 @ 6′


  • 8  |   1 x 2 @ 23″ (legs)
  • 2  |   1 x 2 @ 14″ (top front & back frame)
  • 2  |   1 x 2 @ 15 1/2″ (middle shelf supports)
  • 2  |   1 x 2 @ 5 1/2″ (top side frame)
  • 4  |   1 x 4 @ 8 1/2″ (middle shelf)
  • 2  |   1 x 6 @ 18″ (top)

Step 1. 

Assemble the legs.

Weathered Rustic End Table

Position two 1 x 2s flush with each other and attach with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and wood glue. These legs are similar to the ones on the Shaker Blanket Chest.

Repeat for all four legs.

Weathered Rustic End Table


Step 2.

Connect the front and back sets of legs with the top and back frame 1 x 2s. You should end up with two sets that look like the diagram below (one for the  front and one for the back).

Weathered Rustic End Table


Attach the frame pieces with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and wood glue. Place the pocket holes and screws on the back (inside) of the frame in order to best hide them.

Step 3. 

Connect the front and back frames with the side frame 1 x 2s.

Weathered Rustic End Table

Attach with 1 1 /4″ pocket hole screws and wood glue. Place pocket holes and screws on the inside of the frame in order to best hide them.

Step 4. 

Add the middle shelf 1 x 2 framing. Position the frame pieces 8″ down from the top of the table.

Weathered Rustic End Table

I did this to leave plenty of room to place a basket on the shelf to store all my end table goodies! Adjust to your liking 🙂

Weathered Rustic End Table

Attach the middle shelf framing with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and wood glue. Place pocket holes and screws on the bottom of the 1 x 2s to best hide them.

Step 5. 

Add middle shelf slats.

Weathered Rustic End Table

Position the outermost slats flush with the corners of the legs. Place the inner two slats in the center, leaving about 1/2″ gap between each slat.

Attach with wood glue and finish nails. You can use screws if you wish, but I just used finish nails since the any pressure on the slats will be downward so glue and finish nails is plenty strong.

Step 6. 

Top it off!

To make the top of the table, position the 1 x 6 boards so that their ends are flush and attach with wood glue. Simply run a bead of glue along the inside edge of one board, stick to the second board, and clamp until dry.

Once the top is dry, attach to the table with 1 1/4″ screws at each corner (drilled straight down into the legs).

You can attach the table top to the table with pocket holes and 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws from the underside if you so choose. However, make sure to attach the top before you place the middle shelf, otherwise the drill won’t fit … not that that’s what happened to me …

Mistakes aside, I like the look of the exposed screws on top … so it was a happy ending!

Weathered Rustic End Table

Step 7. 

Sand and finish as desired!

Entre new stain 🙂 I finished this table with WeatherWash stain – aka barn wood in a bottle!

I was skeptical at first, but then I tried it on this end table.

It’s the real deal.

It really does weather the wood.

I didn’t even have to put the boards outside for a few years to make them look old … thank goodness … staining was much quicker 😉

And the best part?

It’s available in a few different shades of barn wood to fit your project and home style!

I finished up this table with ‘Rusted’ stain, Maintenance oil, and Varnish … all from WeatherWash!

The stain weathered the wood. The maintenance oil darkened and brought some of the brown tones back to the wood. The varnish protected and finished it beautifully!

And that’s that!

Weathered Rustic End Table

Let me know if you have any questions and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.


Disclaimer:  This post was sponsored by Weather Wash Coatings.

All thoughts and opinions on Weather Wash Coatings are my own.

Please see my disclosure page for more information.





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Friday 2nd of February 2018

Beautiful table. Love your tip about attaching the top before the middle shelf. I've done way too many projects the hard way. lol.


Saturday 11th of May 2019

I feel like a dummy; where do you position the jig to attach the 1 x 2's? (Legs) I ended up ruining a piece of wood then my jig fell on the floor and broke .


Saturday 3rd of February 2018


Haha same ... I swear I do something silly like that on every single project! School of hard knocks I guess ;)

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