DIY Coffee Table

I have been thinking about having a bigger coffee table for a while. Avery plays a lot in the living room like any other family and because there was no place to play, her toys were all over the place.

I am just going to go out there and say that you can only hold your tongue for so long stepping on legos and tiny little toys. Since she is at the age to repeat every.single.thing we say, I thought it was a good time to solve the problem.

That and a table fell into our lap… but that is it’s own interesting story.

It all started when my mom called Wade to see if we wanted her old dinning room table. She called him because she knows that I always hoard accept any furniture offered (who, me????) and he gets that look so she wanted to just start there before she even told me about it. 

Shockingly enough, he said yes.

So I said yes.. but you saw that coming, right?

We get off the phone and I look at Wade and said “the dinning room table would make a great coffee table!!”

Apparently that is where the communication broke down for a bit because he said yes to the table thinking it would work in my craft room.

Oh, um it is way to big for my craft room. But it is still coming over.

He thought it was way to big for a dinning room table, I thought that was the selling point. Our room could for sure handle the scale, I just had to convince him. I even took it to my dC Facebook page to ask for more opinions.

It wasn’t until we were trying to clean it that he said, we just need to sand this, that I knew he was on board.

So we took it apart. Like the little assistant?

And sanded it, mostly to get the crap off. This wasn’t the greatest table for a dinning room table because it was not easy to clean food off of, it always looked dirty.

Then I took to the saw and cut the legs off, this saw is one of the coolest things I have ever gotten for my birthday, I use it as much as you would expect a craft blogger.

I looked online and saw that coffee tables are usually 20″ or under so I first cut the to 19″. But for the sake of you not having to do what I did, I will just share that after it was all said and done, I thought it was too tall and cut them down to 15″ and it was perfect.

I thought it would just be easier to put the whole thing back together again to paint, so that is what I did. I used gloss paint which was a total accidental purchase. It did go on nice but it took forever to dry and was a pain when it came to clean up so I just tossed all the tools I used. After it dried, I added a coat of spray lacquer to hopefully bypass the cleaning difficulties I had previously had.

Then it was done! I am so happy with the way it came out!!

Do you like my rug? It was free!!

I got a bunch of carpet samples that were in the same color scheme and put them all together to make an easy carpet that I don’t have to stress about her getting paint or anything else on!

Some dog booty for you, such is life that animals get in the pictures here.

Make sure you come back next week to see what the hubbs did to the dinning room table we got!

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One Response to DIY Coffee Table

  1. Michelle January 23, 2013 at 8:27 pm #

    Very cute! Great idea :)