As promised last week when I showed some inspiring DIY tables, I’m back to walk through how I built my own DIY coffee table.
After finishing decorating our master bedroom, we treated ourself to a new vintage-styled metal framed bed. This meant that we had to get rid of our old second-hand Ikea Malm bed.
Whilst taking it down, I started to get some ideas for how the wood could be reused for a rustic look coffee table. If I messed up, I hadn’t wasted any money so there was nothing to lose!
Due to the dull winter days, it’s been a struggle getting enough light into the house to take some photos. We had a break in the clouds this weekend and whilst the sun was shining I took advantage. I’m so excited to finally share my first DIY project with you.
The first step was to detach the bed slats and remove all of the heavy duty staples. Ten finger-busting minutes later I had a stack of wood that needed sanding and cutting to size.
I measured out the floorspace I wanted my coffee table to take up and began cutting the bed slats to make up the shorter and longer sides. To add strength and stability, I also cut some thinner pieces which were used as vertical uprights.
Starting at one corner, I nailed the two pieces together and then used wood glue to secure the vertical joint.
Working my way round, the other three corners were nailed in place and I had completed the first layer of the table.
The three remaining upright posts were then glued in place. At this point, I could begin to see the height and floorspace the coffee table was going to consume. In hindsight, I should’ve measured this up front so I knew before I started building but luckily I was happy with it anyway!
Unfortunately, in my excitement of seeing my creation take shape, I forgot to take any more ‘in progress’ photos. However, the process was pretty simple and basically meant just nailing in the other cuts into the uprights until it was built up to the top.
The lid was built with the remaining bed slats and it rests on top of the four verticals in the corners.
In my head, I had envisioned the rustic / reclaimed look so I stained it with walnut wood stain and added black metal ring handles which I bought from eBay.
I love how the edges don’t match up perfectly. It looks rustic and you can tell that it’s handmade, I like that.
There’s some colour peeking over the top…
I painted the inside of the coffee table (chest?) a bright yellow to add a pop of colour every time you open it. It reminds me of the warm glow from a cartoon treasure chest!
Here’s a close up shot of the detail. You can see the hammer dents and nails I added to create imperfections in the wood. I love how deep and rich the colour goes on the knots in the wood.
I certainly know that next time I build something, I’ll be taking photos all the way through!
What do you think of my DIY coffee table? Does this inspire you to work on your own DIY project?