DIY Rustic Coffee Table

Mar 7, 2021

Good morning and happy Sunday to you all. I have been meaning to post this but never got around to it because the photos were spread out everywhere. In my Google photo albums and my husbands phone. Until now. And I also think it's time to do a different post that isn't beauty or fashion. So, here is my first home style post.


I have always wanted a nice coffee table. I had a really cool black rustic coffee table before my small nerd was born. It followed me everywhere I moved. And when she was born I made that mommy sacrifice and sold it because I feared she would crack her head or mouth open on it when she was learning to walk. I was very heart broken. Because it was my first furniture purchase when I finally got a place of my own 15+ years ago.
 
When we bought our house I wanted a coffee table. So bad. Like the one I had before. I looked everywhere for one. I wanted the exact same one I had, even if it was an ugly color. I didn't care. I could easily strip the color and re-paint it or stain it to whatever I wanted. No luck.
 
My amazing husband came across some plans on Pinterest from Ana White. Have you seen her blog? She has a lot of wood projects. Countless projects. That woman is very talented. But my husband had a better idea than going out and buying a piece of furniture already made at an extreme price. Because I didn't want any cheap wood and anything being sold made from real good sturdy wood cost you your first born child and a liter of your precious blood. I simply couldn't pay those prices.
 
For one, we had a ton of wood just stock piled in the garage collecting dust. And I think my husband got tired of hearing me complain about needing a coffee table for the 215621632th time. So one day, he browsed Pinterest and found the plans.
 
Let the games begin!!
 


My husband got a saw for Christmas and he wanted to use it. So it was kind of perfect timing. He didn't do the table exactly like the plans because I wanted it to look a little bit like my previous coffee table. He knows me so well. I explained what my vision was for how our table should look.



Next it was time to sand the top. My husband had the help from our small nerd. So far it's beautiful and I am growing impatient!
 


We brought it in the house before it was finished to get an idea on what it would look like. And that's when my husband came up with a neat idea on what to do with the top piece.
 


My husband found this technique called "Shou Sugi Ban". And it's a Japanese method of wood preservation. And it's gorgeous.



Basically you take a blow torch to it. And burn it. Ever so carefully. It took him a while to do this. Because the tip of the torch flame was like a marker. So imagine going over the top piece with a marker. He was out there for days.
 
Then he sealed the top and inside piece with polyurethane and painted the frame white. Of course it took a full day to dry.
 


And there you have it. My husband made this about 2 1/2 years ago and it has held up wonderfully. No rings on the table. We have spilled drinks on it already and not once did it stain or get ruined. And we have since gotten a new couch and rug to go with it and painted the walls a creamy white. Grey and brown just wasn't mixing well.

Our next DIY wood project is either a side table or TV stand to match.

Have a great week! Only one more week left and it's spring break and NO SCHOOL OR WORK! Yay!

27 comments

  1. Oh, that's a wonderful DIY. Turned out really nice. #KCACOLS

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  2. I'm very impressed your husband made your coffee table! Is that a rug underneath? It has a rustic/worn look too. cheers!#KCACOLS

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    1. Yes it is! I have always wanted one of those rugs. My mom gave it to me around Christmas. And it matches perfectly. From the tile to the furniture to the walls!

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  3. LOVE the way the table came out- beautiful and goes perfectly in that room!

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    1. Thank you Holly!! I still like to walk in the room just to stare at it all :)

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  4. The fact that you guys made that is awesome. It came out so good. I love seeing the process of it.

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    1. Thank you Joanne! It looks perfect in my little living room :)

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  6. Your coffee table is gorgeous! And so special that your husband made it! Thanks for sharing the DIY process!

    Jill -Doused in Pink

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    1. Thank you Jill! It definitely makes it more special because my husband made it from scratch. So I can actually say it was made with his love, blood, sweat and tears LOL

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    1. Thank you Ella! I can't wait for more pieces to be built :)

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  8. It's beautiful! He did a great job!!

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  9. Such a beautiful table, it came out amazing! He's so talented!

    Green Fashionista

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  10. Wow that coffee table is gorgeous!! Love the style :) #KCACOLS

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    1. Thank you very much! It's held up pretty well :)

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  11. I love this, that table top is gorgeous!

    Katrina x
    #KCACOLS

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  12. This looks soooo lovely, you cannot beat homemade rustic things for the home. Thank you for linking up with #kcacols we hope to see you next time.

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    1. I forgot the link to where this link up was! Can you help me out??

      Homemade furniture definitely gives your home some character!! I can’t wait for my husband to make more!

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  13. It looks amazing, and lovely and sturdy too! x #KCACOLS

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    1. It’s very sturdy and pretty heavy too! Thank you :)

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  14. It looks like something that would cost a lot of money in a nice furniture shop! Very nice xx #KCACOLS

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    1. It only cost us about $20 dollars in total! We had majority of the tools and supplies around the garage!

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  15. Fab coffee table, he might want to start taking orders! #KCACOLS

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    1. You know we mentioned that! Maybe a side hustle for him during the summer. But then again I’d want to keep everything LOL

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