Materials: Melltorp Dining Table and solid timber recycled door
Description: In our very first apartment, we lived in a tiny one bedroom unit which you could not swing a cat in. Although I was not blown away the Melltorp table, it was clean, small and fit the space.
Since we moved to our much bigger apartment by the sea, the tiny Melltorp simply did not cut it. I love recycled building materials and there is a warehouse near me which I spend hours in, just looking around. One day I came across this dusty, old, very heavy, white lead painted door. I instantly thought this would be an awesome table top for our new apartment.
A quick measurement of the Melltorps frame and the door itself, I purchased it that day. I took it home to the garage and spent the next couple of days sanding it back to clean it up and expose some of the timber, then a coat of Matt Poly Lacquer.
The assembly itself was quite easy. The Melltorp table top is held onto the frame by 8 screws, with plastic spacers between the frame and the table top. It was as easy as taking the old top off, centering the door and screwing it on! I kept the spacers as I quite liked the gap that was left between the door and frame, as if it were floating. Another 2 chairs to purchase and it has gone from a small four seater to a generous 6 seater.
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