Guys, I am so excited to share this DIY with you!! I have been trying to get it up on the blog all week because I am just so darn proud of it!
I made myself a new coffee table!
I’ve been wanting desperately to replace my coffee table. It’s not that there was anything wrong with it, it’s just that I feel my living room needed a new look.
The hubby and I headed out to my favorite antique market in hopes of finding a coffee table that I could make over.
We saw this little gem and I said to the hubs, that is exactly what I want but I also wanted to make something myself.
And that’s when out of the corner of my eye, I spotted a glass coffee table with a cast iron leg frame.
I looked at my husband and I said, let’s make our own coffee table similar to the one I first saw.
So we scooped up the $35 old coffee table and took it home. I didn’t need the glass portion so we left it at the market.
First thing I did was spray paint the cast iron legs black. This table was a little old and could use a bit of freshening up. I also didn’t like that it had gold accents. I wanted the whole thing to be black.
Now I had to work some DIY magic and make a table top.
I headed out to Home Depot to get the supplies I needed, but before leaving, I measured the frame of the table legs to see how big to make my table top.
Here’s all the wood that I got.
I got a piece of oriented strand board (OSB), which is the large piece of plywood pictured. I didn’t really care what this looked like because it’ll be underneath and no one will see it.I picked up two pieces of 1x2x8 framing lumber to frame in my table, too. On the right are the strips of plywood that I had them cut for me at Home Depot.
So, for the lumber, I spent about $40.
To start building my table, I laid my piece of oriented strand board out in my work space.I found the middle of the plywood, and then using a pencil, I drew a line across the middle, lengthwise
Using a miter saw, I cut my strips of plywood at a 45-degree angle.
I used the line that I drew down the middle as a guide. This seems like it would be difficult to do, but once you get into it, it’s almost like making a puzzle.
So I started on one side and made my cuts.
I’m going to be straight with you here. I’m in no way shape or form a carpenter of any kind.I’m also not the best with measurements, so what I would do is place my next strip of wood on the table, mark where I needed to cut, and then I’d cut it with the miter saw.
There’s a setting on a miter saw to turn it to a 45-degree angle, so it makes doing something like this really easy.
I attached the pieces to the plywood using a nail gun.I purposely left the corner cuts until last.
Here’s my “puzzle” all put together.
You can only faintly see it here, but I used a hammer to make some marks in the tabletop to get a rustic, beat up look.I also found an old bike chain and hit the table top a couple of times — this is also great for any built up aggression!
This is where I messed up a little bit.
Nothing major, just more of an annoyance.I stained my table top, cleaned up my rag and brush… but then I realized that I didn’t put the trim on.
In case you’re wondering, this is the stain that I used.
Minwax Wood Finish Penetrating Stain in Red Chestnut.This is my favorite type of stain. It’s a great price and I love the finish that it leaves.
Back to the trim.
I cut my pieces of framing lumber and attached them to the sides using my nail gun.I made sure that the framing lumber sat flush with the top of the table before attaching.
The trim has bit of overhang on the bottom, but I really liked this look.
Didn’t plan it — just sometimes these things happen. Again, not a master carpenter here.I may change my mind on that, though. My table looks pretty darn good from the top…
Not bad for a little old DIYer like me, right?
I chose a lighter stain than the one table I’d originally seen in the market because I felt it fit better with my space.
And I couldn’t be happier with how this turned out.
It’s so rewarding to have something beautiful in your space that you put together with your own two hands.I spent about $85 to make this table, but knowing that I made it myself makes it totally worth the money!
My table is a little bit larger, and my angle cuts are wider, but I also didn’t want to copy it exactly.
It looks a little different and is a great addition to my space.
Copying is the highest form of flattery.
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