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Ahhh, the good ‘ol military move. It feels like as soon as you fully unpack and decorate it’s time to get up and do it all over again. Only the next house has a completely different layout then the previous. This means new curtain sizes, furniture that doesn’t quite fit anymore, and in the case of our bedroom, not enough furniture! It’s actually a kind of fun challenge. You never really get the chance to be bored!
The first thing I realized soon after moving in, our coffee table that my lovely mother-in- law built and i stained, just isn’t quite big enough anymore. It’s one of those DIY wine barrel crate coffee tables. But two moves and 1 son later, it’s just not quite working out anymore.
So, on the hunt I go for another DIY coffee table, because man oh man can they be expensive! I’ve had this pinterest living room inspiration collage from 4 Men 1 Lady pinned for a while now. A proud born and raised New Mexican, I’ve come to love a more modern take on southwestern decor. The table really caught my eye, and then I remembered another pin I’d saved from Little Glass Jar. I adapted the build plans from her DIY Industrial Coffee Table post to help me recreate the modern southwestern table. Easy Peasy!
All you need for this awesome DIY coffee table is:
- (4) 8 foot 2 x 2’s of select pine
- (2) 8 foot 2 x 6’s, I used the better kiln- dried heat-treated spruce-pine-fir
- (28) #8 2 1/2 inch screws
- Stain of choice for table top (I’m using Minwax in Special Walnut )
- (1-2 cans) Rustoleum’s Oil Rubbed Bronze Spray Paint ( for the legs)
- Minwax Water Based Polycrylic Spray in clear satin
- Power Drill (I use this one and love it)
- Level (optional)
I had the awesome team at home depot cut all the pieces in half for me at they’re cutting center.
You should wind up with:
- (4) 48 inch 2 x 6’s
- (8) 48 inch 2 x 2’s
They can now fit in the back of my Jeep, yay!!
Cuts of Wood
At home I had my helpful husband take 5 pieces of the 2 x 2’s and cut me:
- (4) 12 inch pieces (legs)
- (5) 20 inch pieces (frame)
- (1) 45 inch piece (bottom frame stabilizer)
Staining and Painting
‘Twas a cold day of 40 degree’s they day I needed to do this step. So I created a makeshift spray booth so that I could do it in my somewhat warmer garage (door open of course).
I used the oil rubbed bronze spray paint on the legs and frame to give them that metallic look.
For the table top I applied the special walnut stain with a brush, let it sit for about 5-15 minutes, then wiped it off to even it out and wipe away what didn’t absorb.
After letting it dry for a day, I then applied the polycrylic (love that it comes in a spray). After the first coat dries (about 30 minutes), lightly sand with fine grit sandpaper and apply another coat. Sand and apply again for the third coat. Allow to dry for at least and hour, but preferably 24 hours.
Starting with the frame first, attach the two 48″ 2 x 2’s to three of the 20″ 2 x 2’s, placing one 20″ piece in the middle for support of the table top. You’ll use 6 screws here. Be sure to offset the ones on the ends, you’ll be putting another screw next to these to attach the 12″ leg pieces. See picture below for reference.
After attaching all four 12″ leg pieces by screwing them in from the top (next to the previous screws), attach one 20″ piece between two of the legs, about (“) up from the bottom. Then attach the 45″ stabilizer piece in the middle of the 20″ piece we just put on. Attach the last 20″ piece to the stabilizer bar, and then break out the level. Place in on the stabilizer bar and use that as a reference to know where to attach that last 20” piece between the other set of legs. You could just eye this step, but I decided to use the level to make sure it was all even. 10 screws total are used in these steps.
Line up the top 4 48″ 2 x 6’s onto to frame. Screw in the last screws from below (so as to be hidden). You’ll use 3 screws for each piece (right side, middle beam, left side).
Now step back and admire your newly handmade piece of furniture!
UPDATE: I found these really nice looking shelf brackets at Home Depot (but Amazon has them cheaper!). I decided to add them to each corner of the table legs. It makes it sturdier and gives it an extra little something to make it look more finished.
Have you decided to make this? I’d love to see! Connect with me in the comments below, tag me on facebook @graceandthane, or on twitter @gracethaneblog.