In this blog post, we offer a helpful DIY coffee table guide that shows you how easy it is to create your very own custom reclaimed wood coffee table using only natural ingredients.
Luke and I have been hard at work putting our house together from scratch.
This DIY coffee table was one of a few fun projects we’ve been doing around the house.
I’ve had this idea and look for a DIY coffee table saved on Pinterest for a while now and finally had the chance to make it.
Luke is a handyman, lucky for me he helped me with this DIY coffee table project and we found some awesome reclaimed wood from a local recycling company that made it look even more industrial and worn in.
I’m quite the frugalist, so when I knew we could make a custom coffee table, with reclaimed wood for around $50 (£30) I was all in and it was super easy as well.
We made our DIY coffee table for only $30 USD!!
HOW TO MAKE A DIY COFFEE TABLE
We have a small space so we went with a smaller coffee table.
This is what our measurements ended up with:
- 40cm W x 100 cm L x 38cm H
- (16″W x 40″L x 12″H)
First | MEASURE AND CUT YOUR WOOD
Start with measuring out the pieces you need. We went with the measurements above and then cut the top 40cm x 100cm and then created a base frame to fit those measurements.
ALSO don’t forget to DRY-FIT your table before you nail or screw it together. This is a mock fitting to see if you’re happy with your measurements. I decided I wanted to have it 1 cm shorter than what we agreed to and I love that it’s 1 cm shorter now haha.
Second | SAND IT DOWN
We sanded everything down with gritty sandpaper and then finished with a 120 grit sandpaper to smooth it out.
Make sure to wipe off your wood once you’re done so that it’s ready to stain and seal.
Third | STAIN YOUR WOOD NATURALLY
I made a natural hot chocolate stain that was super easy, just add hot with a scoop of cocoa powder. It’s also MUCH cheaper than buying traditional wood stain so there’s that too!
The richer you make your hot chocolate the darker the stain. I did a lighter stain because I didn’t want it too dark but you do what you prefer.
I then went in with a paintbrush and rag and painted on the stain following with a rag to wipe it off. It makes the wood damp so you will need to wait a few hours before you can really see the results (wet wood always looks darker).
Fourth | SEAL YOUR WOOD NATURALLY
Once I was pleased with the look of the stain, I made a natural wax seal with coconut oil and beeswax.
I didn’t bother with a double boiler just because I did it on low heat and it was going directly on the wood so I wasn’t as concerned about keeping the integrity of the nutrients in the product if it got too hot.
I went with 1 part beeswax to 1/4 part coconut oil ratio but this really is your preference.
The coconut oil helps to soak in the wood and make it a bit richer with the finish and the beeswax seals the surface. To apply all you have to do is take a rag, scoop some wax out, rub it on the wood generously and then buff it out after.
Fifth | PAINT YOUR BASE FRAME
We wanted a mock black steel look for the base of our coffee table, so we decided to paint it black.
We did two coats of paint to make sure it was thoroughly done and used a matte black paint. Feel free to use a semi-gloss or gloss if you like that look.
Six | ASSEMBLE
Once the base frame is dry, all that’s left is to assemble. We flipped the top upside down and then Luke drilled in screws to the top from the bottom so that when it’s upright you won’t see any screws.
It’s honestly that easy (once you get your measurements and base frame figured out).
In total it only cost us £30 which is roughly $50.
It took us roughly 7 hours – not bad when you research what this type of coffee table goes for new!
Check out the Youtube video below which has a lot more details on how we did it all.
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