It’s no secret that I lose interest in decor rather quickly, so I often purchase accent furniture inexpensively, or I DIY them. This was no different when it came to (what I’m calling) my “perfectly imperfect DIY coffee table.”
Shortly after the holidays I listed our round glass coffee table on craigslist for something a little more . . .eh . . . rustic? I’m not really sure how much more rustic you can get than a table made of 2×12’s and some screws.
IT wasn’t perfect of course, but it had potential. I liked the warmth that it added to the space and also the fact that it just didn’t feel polished.
But it was that exact attribute, the unpolished-ness of it, that made me want to make it over. It was basically unfinished and it looked, well, unfinished, so one day on a whim, I went down to our basement and dug through my scrap wood pile.
How I Built My Perfectly Imperfect Rustic Coffee Table
I grabbed a 4×4 post, some random 8′ furring strips (3), a 1x4x8 and a handful of screws. and started working. I dismantled my original unfinished rustic table-which took me all of 2 minutes, flipped over the top boards (2x12s) because the top side had gotten a bit warn from being unfinished, so I started fresh. (above you can see that I had already attached 1x4s to act as a sort of mending plate for the top boards.)
I decided that I wanted the height of my table to be 18″, so I cut my 1×4’s to 16″ since the table top boards were 2″ thick. I then began to line up the 4×4’s at each corner of my table and screwed them in in 3 spots.
Next, I measured and cut my furring strips to fit snugly in between each of the four table legs.
Next, I cut down a piece of 1×4 into little 2-3″ blocks to serve as supports for the aprons.
I nailed these blocks into the underside of the table, every 10″ or so using my nail gun and 1.5″ brad nails.
Using my nail gun, I secured the apron the the little support blocks.
Next, I cut an extra piece of furring strip into 8 triangular pieces to serve as a decorative corner bracket.
I used my nail gun to secure these into the corners.
Here we are at this point. The bulk of the work was already done!
I flipped it over to check it out, and I liked it, I really liked it! I roughed it up a bit using my jig saw, taking small slivers out here and there, and banged it with my hammer a few times to give it some dents, I wanted this to look like it was made from old salvaged wood.
I grabbed a sanding sponge and smoothed any ragged spots–no splinters allowed.
And—-because I’m the worst blogger ever, I didn’t document my staining process. I ended up using a mixture of Minwax Polyshades in Mission Oak and Minwax Gel Stain in Aged Oak.
But here are some pics of the finished product:
What do you guys think? Is this a type of project you would tackle? I am just smitten with it 🙂