DIY Coffee Table

Stephen has been building a lot of end tables lately, but decided to switch it up and try building a coffee table. And it is beautiful!

He used a free Ana White plan… it was super easy, but her “under $40” statement is definitely not accurate today. If you’re a DIY builder, have you noticed that the price of lumber has more than doubled in the last year?? It’s insane!

Anyways, back to the coffee table! The wood he needed for this project was:

-four 8-foot 2x6s
-one 8-foot 2×4
-three 8-foot 2×2 furring strips
**The 2x6s are almost $15 right now, each!

Stephen made the cuts and built the frame. He built the side “Xs” and built the top (using pocket hole screws) and then connected it to the frame. He attached the 2×4 slats on the bottom, spacing them out with an inch between the slats. He cut a piece of wood the one inch width and used that to ensure all the boards were spaced equally.

Here is the put-together coffee table!

Next up… painting! I went with the trustworthy stained top/white on bottom look.

The top is stained in Minwax Provincial, and the bottom is Rust-oleum Linen White.

This coffee table is super heavy and sturdy, and is a great size! Check out the Ana White site for detailed instructions if you’re interested.


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