A DIY Coffee Table Transformation

You’ve heard the phrase about one person’s trash being someone else’s treasure. This is especially true when it comes to furniture. Do you agree?

Here at HammMade Furniture, we love taking old furniture pieces and transforming them into great new pieces. Often times our customers say the newly created piece looks even better than the original. It’s all about having an eye for the finished piece or a vision for what you’d like to accomplish. This helps us in choosing old pieces that we find at yard sales, estate sales, flea markets or elsewhere. In today’s blog post, we’re sharing one of our recent furniture projects, a DIY coffee table transformation. Follow along and pick up a few tips for your own DIY adventures.

Identifying Good Prospects

This old side table had seen better days. We found it on the side of the road. The center glass had broken and the veneer or top layer of the table was starting to peel up when we rescued it. It was of no use as it was. But those legs — those table legs were looking good. It gave us an idea.

A New Vision

We decided to remove those legs from the table, shorten them a bit and use them to make a new coffee table. The top part of the leg helped dictate the size of the side pieces for the table top frame. We cut two pieces for the long sides of the table and two short pieces. Then we used four shorter, thicker pieces inside the frame to help add support inside the frame. We used a Kreg Jig, which creates perfect drill holes for kreg screws and makes for solid construction.

A New Table Top

With the bottom of our table complete, we started working on our top. We measured and cut six pieces of heart pine wood for our table and fastened them to the top. As it is with all coffee tables, we made the table top overlap the base all the way around. What do you think? The heart pine is a real beauty.

The Finished Product

Next we painted the sides of the table and the legs a pretty blue color, as you see here. And we gave it a distressed look, which reveals some of the wood beneath. Often we’ll use a light stain on top but we liked the looks of this natural wood so much that we left it alone. It really showcases the natural beauty of the wood, doesn’t it? Often we’ll leave it natural on a piece like this so a customer can keep it as is or choose the stain of their choice.

What do you think about this DIY project? Are you inspired to try it for yourself? Do you like this type of blog? Comment below or reach out to us on any of our social channels. We’d love to talk upcycling furniture with you.

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