Here in The Netherlands we finally had our first night with temperatures just a little below zero degrees Celsius. I love it when it gets winter, but it should be a real winter with frozen canals and snow. The last few years we had a very long fall and a very short winter. Just a few days actually. I’m someone who likes a climate with four seasons and I mean real seasons. Spring, summer and fall are okay, but you always have to see what winter has in store.
Anyway, the days are getting quite short and the trees are losing there leafs rapidly. When you go for a walk in the woods you can find all sorts of logs lying around due to pruning or cutting down trees. And have you ever wondered what you could do with these logs, especially birch-logs?
Birch used for a trendy coffee table
As it turned out I stumbled upon a great DIY tutorial on how to make a fantastic ‘Birch-Log Coffee Table‘. I found this tutorial on a site called Better Homes and Gardens [BHG]. And like the title says, the coffee table is made out of birch logs. And in such a way that it can be made by you.
Now you can create your own ‘nouveau-rustic’ interior like you see in trendy catalogs and shops for some time now. On a website Nouveau-rustic is described as “By combining a pure white interior with bold monochrome patterns, mosaics or decorative tiles and adding industrial elements like rough wood or metal to create texture and contrast”.
And at BHG they figured out how to create this designer style in a cheaper way. Just by using old birch-logs, some basic tools and materials.
Photos © BHG
Of course you could use a different kind of wood, but birch is smooth, light in tone and texture, and easy to handle. For this project, they used 34 birch logs, each about 3-4 inches [7-10 cm.] in diameter. You can use a saw the cut logs to the right size or you could visit a lumber store and pay a small fee to have the logs cut for you.
If you’ve got some time on your hands and logs lying around, well than this might be a nice DIY project to work on. This birch-log coffee table is a real eye-catcher.
Created by Better Homes and Gardens | Tutorial