Cheap DIY Projects For Your Home Decoration

You know those projects that make you do a little happy dance when you finish them? This is one of those! Except I would be lying to you if I didn’t give my husband pretty much all of the credit here. I am super thankful that he is more than willing to help me out in some of my DIY adventures, and he never complains! At the same time I am saving us lots of money by doing knockoff projects like this one, so he really can’t object, can he?! I have wanted one of these industrial, wood top coffee tables every since I saw this one in a Home Decorators catalog. Problem is, it was way out of my budget. So as any DIY’er would do, I decided to attempt to make my own! I mean, that is what I love to do best!

I have seen some of my fellow bloggers make some great knockoff versions of this table (AKA Design HERE & Thimble and Cloth HERE), so I knew it could be done nicely! I also knew I would need some assistance building it, so I recruited my husband to take a trip to our local hardware store to price materials needed. We loaded up the car, headed home and got to work!

 

Industrial Coffee Table

 

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Industrial Coffee Table

 

DIRECTIONS:

  • We took advantage of our local hardware stores cutting center, and had the 2 8ft 2×6’s cut in half to give us our 4 wood planks that make up the top of the table
  • We also had them cut 2 of the 8ft 2×2’s in half to give us our 4 48in top and bottom of frame
  • Once we got home we used our miter saw to make the smaller cuts: 5 of the 2×2’s 20in a piece; 4 for the top and bottom sides of the frame, and 1 for the middle to support the planked table top. Also, 4 of the 2×2’s 12in a piece for the legs. (All cuts pictured below)

 

Industrial Coffee Table

 

Industrial Coffee Table

 

  • When assembling the frame, the position of the screws were kind of tricky since there were 2 2.5in screws being drilled into each of the 8 corners in very close proximity. We just made sure they wouldn’t run into each other, as pictured below. 2 additional screws were used to attached the middle support piece.

 

Industrial Coffee Table

 

  •  I sanded and used my favorite Dark Walnut wood stain on the planked table top. Usually this type of table has a metal frame, but since welding metal is a little out of my element (hehe), I used two coats of Ebony wood stain on the wooden legs, which actually gave it the slight metallic look I was hoping for.  I used polyurethane to seal the stains.

 

Industrial Coffee Table

 

– The remaining 12 screws were used to attach the planked table top to the top 20in pieces of the frame, 3 screws per plank. We flipped the table over to complete this part from the underneath so the screws would be hidden. (NOTE: We spaced out the planks a tiny bit on the top so they would be flush in width to the frame).

 

Industrial Coffee Table

 

And alas! I had my very own Industrial Coffee Table! Do you want to know the BEST part??? This project costs under $75.00!!! Ummm…yes please! I’ll take that amount over an expensive table any day. This was a huge win in budget decorating! And how great does it look in our living room?

 

Industrial Coffee Table

 

Industrial Coffee Table

 

Industrial Coffee Table

 

Industrial Coffee Table

 

Industrial Coffee Table

 

Industrial Coffee Table

Big thanks to the hubby for all his hard work on this one! I am now debating matching side tables….

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