Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Easy DIY Coffee Table

Ready for the easiest project ever?

I was at a loss when it came to what I should use for a coffee table for our sunroom.

Here is the space I had to work with...

I didn't want anything too big or in the way, and something portable/moveable was important as I was picturing game nights with people scattered across the room who would need easy access.

At first I was going to use two of these:

Then I realized how small they were, and opted for one as a side table instead.

Then I hopped on pinterest and found this:


...and I fell madly in love. My search was over.

That particular coffee table was made from an old door, which isn't the easiest thing to stumble upon here... so I remembered another pin I had bookmarked:

and I decided I'd recreate the look for the top.

Off to Lowe's I went to gather my materials.

I grabbed four casters ($10/ea), had five 2x6 whiteboards cut to 4 feet long, and a piece of 3' x (just under) 4' plywood. Total cost: $70.

After doing some measuring, I realized the table would be a bit low for my liking, so I grabbed a leftover 4x4 post we had from our deck project to use as legs.

After cutting the legs, I added a bit of stain (Minwax's Ebony, as always) to the wood.

I almost considered skipping this step, because much of this wood was naturally a soft grey color which is what I was aiming for. I never even knew this type of wood existed... but it's only in the 2" thick wood section. I'll be shopping in in that area lot more now!

After a light coat of stain...

I brushed a light coat of plain white paint on everything and let it dry:

I came back a bit later and lightly sanded to let the wood show through until I was pleased with the look.

Next it was time to attach the wheels to my legs. I used some regular wood screws and washers to hold them in:

Easy peasy.

Then I attached each leg to the corner of my plywood board (this step required both of my hands so no mid action shots).

Finally, it was time to secure the plywood to the bottom of the boards.

I flipped the boards down, lined them up, and centered my base over them:

I couldn't find any 2.5" screws, so I just nailed them in:

And it was done:

Here's a side view:

The entire project took about 2 hours... including waiting for the stain and paint to dry. I wish all projects were this easy!

I'm just loving it in this space...

Today I'm in the middle of building a console table for the corner of the room, which has proven to be a bit more challenging. I ended up changing around my plans for the walls last night, too... all that to come in the next post!

P.S., guess where my font is right now?

It's also on the cover of this month's Cosmo in Australia... a copy is on its way to me right now. Pretty cool, eh?

1 comment: