Opportunity only knocks once.
That old adage proves more than true in the world of DIY designs.
As a do-it-yourselfer, you may only come across that perfect table, door…or even a bathtub once in a lifetime. If the moment's right, you better strike while the iron's hot. But now that I've crammed so many idioms and adages into so few lines of text, let's get to the point at hand.
Imgur user treeshugmeback just so happened to be at the right place at the right time when he stumbled across an old oak door at a church's yard sale. Wait until you see how he transformed the door into the perfect table to sit at and break bread.
Here's a DIY Tip: Pay close attention to businesses with a repair van or contractor sitting outside. Chances are, there might be some excellent DIY materials out on the curbside in a few day's time.
Lucky for treeshugmeback, the church that was holding the yard sale had just had their doors replaced, and the old ones were for sale.
He cut down the door to seat six and then sanded the edges. Treeshugmeback also removed the varnish and stain until only the natural oak showed through.
Then it was time to stain the door to his desired color — treeshugmeback chose dark walnut to counteract the yellow color of the wood.
After two coats of stain, the builder polyurethaned the top and bottom of the door for extra protection.
He attached a frame to the door and voila — he had a table! But he wasn't done just yet…
To even out the dips in the door, this crafter used bottle caps to fill the gaps.
He collected more than 1,600 bottle caps and laid out a design in a stained-glass pattern.
Each bottle cap had to be glued down by hand. To fill in the remaining gaps, he used an epoxy resin.
The table was finished, but the resin still needed to dry.
After eight hours of sitting, the statement piece was finally ready for its first supper.
They say we eat with our eyes. If that's the case, then no matter what's on this table, I'll be ready to dig in!