DIY Rustic Coffee Table

My coffee table dilemma was a little bit ridiculous.  I went back and forth about what I wanted for a lonnnng time. It had to be beautiful and cheap and able to take a beating.

Just realized how ‘Fifty Shades’ that sounded.

I thought about making some plans to have John build me one but it would have been pretty straight legged and safe, a hodgepodge of leftover project wood from the shed. Sounds beautiful, am I right?


on one of my thrift store run throughs, I stumbled upon this glorious piece here for $25:


It was too high and too country against our new IKEA sectional but I liked how the turned legs toned down the squareness of the table.  So we took off the legs and measured how much we wanted off from the bottom.  We decided we wanted a plank top so we took that height difference into consideration when deciding upon the new height of the table. John hacked them off accordingly.



Coffee Table

YAY- a slightly lower than usual coffee table height as we are in the pre-plank top state.

Table legs cut

John sanded it up a bit to get the primer to adhere.


Primed and painted with some leftover paint that we had in the basement.  The paint is Valspar from Lowes.  The color is Benjamin Moore White Dove in a semigloss finish.

Primed & Painted

We got our boards ready at approximate lengths of 30″x30.” It’s ok if the boards are a little bit off at this point. We glued the board on and then drew a straight edge on all sides. John straightened out the edges with a jigsaw and then we screwed/nailed into the boards from the bottom so that the nails would not show through.  You could drill right into the top of the planks for a more rustic finish if you wanted.

New boards cut

Then we stained the top with a beautiful grey stain.  I am kind of tempted to re-stain everything we own in this finish. As much as I love this color, don’t be surprised to see my kids sporting new “Weathered Grey” T-dye T-shirts in a few weeks.


Here’s the stain we used:


Here is a photo of the neglected mess that accumulated while we worked on our new coffee table! That’s ok though-it was totally worth it.  What do you think?

Final Product

We added a cup pull on the drawer in an antique iron finish that we purchased on Amazon.  Here is the final product without the mess this time:

coffee table

My name is Amanda and I love to write about my home and family. It’s a little chaotic here sometimes but it’s a beautiful kind of chaos, the kind where sticky little children giggle and scream and make fairy trails with glitter in the living room. I’m an RN, mother of three amazing girls, and the wife of the most hard working and loving husband, John. Follow the trail of glitter and sawdust and you might find us there.


  1. I am in awe of your talent and can’t thank you enough for sharing! I will have several pieces of furniture to “recreate” now that I’m in my new home and will be visiting your blog on a regular basis! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Aunt Diane! If you need any help, just let us know. We love furniture recreations- there’s more to come!

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