DIY: Wooden Coffee Table

6 Jun

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I am officially adding carpenter to my resume!

I wanted a new coffee table that would add some character to my living room and tie everything together. My couch is a deep grey so I wanted to brighten the room up with white and add a rustic feel with wood. I must have searched for 10 hours online to try and find what I pictured in my mind, to no avail (or at least for a reasonable price). So I did what any girl who knows what she wants does – do it myself!

I found a plain white coffee table at Ikea that was the shape I was looking for and had a wooden base to start.

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I then decided to add a wooden top to it to get that country-inspired reclaimed wood feel, which I stained a weathered grey to match my décor. Here is the final result!

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I was a little worried how it would turn out since I officially have ZERO experience with tools, paint, wood, or anything of the like, but alas it was a mission accomplished :). I’m thrilled with the result (and a little proud too!)

If you’re looking to create something similar, here is an overview of what I did and used.

I went to Lowe’s and got 4 pieces of 1x2x8inch and 4 pieces of 1x4x8inch select pine, 1.25inch brad nails, wood glue, sand paper for my sander, a can of stain by Verathane in weathered grey, and some foam tipped paint brushes. The tools I used were a saw, miter box, sander, and hammer.

I started by placing the wood in the order in the photo below, and then cut each piece to the exact length of the table.

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Before I went to glue each piece down I checked the wood to make sure the best side was facing up. I then traced a straight line down the wood in the three places where I wanted to put my nails in. This ensures that when you go to nail you do so in a straight line. I put one line down the middle of the table and 1 on either end about 2 inches in. I decided to nail through the top as I don’t mind the look, but you can nail from underneath if you don’t want the nails to show.

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I then glued and nailed each piece down one at a time. You really want to make sure you squeeze the wood as tight as you can to the next piece when you nail so there aren’t any spaces between the wood.

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Next I sanded down the top and sides to get a smoother surface (no slivers here!) and to smooth out any unevenness in the wood.

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Then come the sides. I measured 2 pieces of the 1x2inch wood to the exact length of the side of the table, and glued and nailed those ones on. Then I did the same thing with the last 2 pieces on the longer sides. I then sanded down those sides, especially the corners. You can see how I put the sides on, but you could also use a miter box to cut the corners at 45 degree angles if you wanted a different look.

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The comes time to stain! Once you are happy with the level of smoothness of your table, make sure there isn’t any dust left from sanding. I then painted on 1 layer of stain. I went section by section and used a rag to wipe off the stain as I went to get that weathered look. If you don’t wipe off the top layer of stain after you apply, it will look more like grey paint. I only ended up doing 1 layer of stain and going back and fixing a few areas where I wanted to even it out, but you could do a second layer depending on how dark you want it.

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And voila! A brand new table 🙂 I loved it so much I did my TV stand too!

PS…thanks to Centsational Girl for her tips and tricks on making this table.

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One Response to “DIY: Wooden Coffee Table”

  1. Musings For Ausana June 8, 2016 at 2:13 PM #

    Awesome job!

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