From mezzanine to dining table

Throughout our refusrbishment of The Barn it’s been important to us to keep the history of this building alive in someway – to show the changes it’s been through rather than hiding them away and to reuse and repurpose as wherever possible.

So when we knocked down the mezzanine to flood that side of the old wheat barn in natural light we wanted to put the timber we were left with to good use.

Table elements collage

We love entertaining and the dining table that we brought with us from our old house, while seating eight people comfortably, just wasn’t big enough for larger events. We knew exactly what we wanted to create so and with the help of our carpenter from RE Butler, our builders at The Barn, our design for a 12-seater table with drop-through legs started taking shape in July.

There was something very special about watching each element being repurposed – the floorboards of the mezzanine joined and smoothed into a stunning table top, the huge wooden posts that held up the floor becoming statement legs.
Table collage

It was a privilege and a pleasure seeing the table take shape and we absolutely love the result. Our new 12-seater table is the heart of the dining area in the old Barn and we love the story that it tells of repurposing.

Finished 12 seat table at The Essex Barn

From mezzanine to dining table - repurposing with style at The Essex Barn

Do you have parts of your house that you’d like to change? Have you repurposed elements and reused them in new ways? An old dining table could be cut down into a coffee table or a pair of curtains could make fabulous heavy-weight napkins. Let me know in the comments…


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    16 Comments

  1. Jenny August 3, 2015 at 1:57 am Reply

    Wow this is absolutely amazing. You are so creative and talented to do such a big project. I love the table. I have always wanted a nice wooden dining table top. I might just have to make one myself. So beautiful. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme
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  2. MummaG July 30, 2015 at 4:08 pm Reply

    That’s fab! You really did put the timber to good use the table looks beautiful. #pridelinky

  3. Tinuke July 30, 2015 at 11:26 am Reply

    What a beautiful table, I’m in love! This is going to last so many generations to come and what a wonderful history built into the wood.
    Have fun making many memories on it xx
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  4. Catherine @pushingthemoon July 27, 2015 at 9:48 pm Reply

    Oh, wow! What a beautiful table – and it’s all the more beautiful because of the story behind it. Xxx #HomeEtc
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    • Michelle Reeves (The Essex Barn) July 28, 2015 at 7:33 am Reply

      Thanks Catherine – we love that there’s a story behind the table and reusing the wood from The Barn to make an heirloom is so much more satisfying than buying something off the shelf x

  5. Amanda July 24, 2015 at 8:23 pm Reply

    Oh I absolutely love this, brilliant re-purposing! I’ll be using it for my BritMums round up this month, thank you x
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  6. Sara | mumturnedmom July 23, 2015 at 1:02 pm Reply

    That’s such a gorgeous table, love it. And, how fabulous to have such a story behind it. Our house has a lot of history and I love knowing them and knowing that we are adding to it (albeit with a desperate need to upgrade the fabric a little!!).
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    • Michelle Reeves (The Essex Barn) July 24, 2015 at 5:26 am Reply

      Thanks Sara! We’ve got some fabric upgrading to do here too… nothing like a little trip to John Lewis to whet your appetite on that! Have you written about the history of your house? I’d love to read it…

  7. Stephanie July 23, 2015 at 10:00 am Reply

    It looks great Michelle – and so nice to reuse the wood too 🙂 #homeetc
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  8. Mummy Tries July 16, 2015 at 10:42 am Reply

    Just wow Michelle! What a stunning piece of furniture! I love original pieces like this and using reclaimed wood that would have otherwise gone to waste is a huge bonus. Well done you, utterly gorgeous xx
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