Tuesday, March 26, 2013

My Homemade Coffee Table

This week I was inspired possessed to make a coffee table. The table was actually one of my DIY 2012 projects that I never got around to last year. But hey, better late than never! With my baby in tow, I took a trip to Home Depot, collected all my supplies, and went to work on our front porch. 

 The frame was the hardest part, mostly because the measurements and drill holes need to be precise. 4x4's are difficult to saw, but make sturdy table legs. Also, I learned how to check for square and countersink screws (thanks, YouTube!).

 Expect funny looks from neighbors if you're a Chinese woman armed with power tools. 

 I nearly threw out my back dragging it into the house, as it weighs eight gazillion pounds. 

Sanding and staining are key steps to finishing the table. That way, it doesn't look like a middle schooler's wood shop project. 

And now we've got a new, rustic, very solid coffee table! The completed table will actually be a little darker after one more coat of stain. Total time (during the baby's naps) for the project was about 6 hours of work.

Steve now says "we" should build more furniture. I suppose that means I did a pretty good job.


  1. So impressive! And 6 hours? Not bad!

  2. I'm so impressed! It looks great!

  3. It looks fantastic!!!

  4. Wow - very impressive! Wish I knew how to do something like that.

  5. So awesome! That looks great!!