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Rustic DIY Coffee Table

Rustic DIY Coffee Table

Rustic DIY Coffee Table – Upcycle a Thrift Store Find

Hello readers!  Without further ado, Hello I Live Here brings you our Rustic DIY Coffee Table that you all voted for on our Facebook and Hometalk pages last night.  The Facebook post alone brought Hello I Live Here 2K of readers who helped us choose just how we would stain and dress up this large Rustic DIY Coffee Table.  We want to thank you all for your help, you were wonderful. 🙂

Rustic DIY Coffee Table

The winner hands down was the plain top, with Aged Oak Stain.  So, you all voted, and we listened.  This morning we warmed up our work space and got to work bringing your choices to life.

Let’s look at the project and how we got started with this awesome Rustic DIY Coffee Table idea.  Hubby and I were out for an afternoon date, and after lunch I just had to stop by my favorite thrift store to see what unique upcycle DIY project spoke to me.  There she sat, with others running past her – I was drawn to her like a moth to a flame.  I just knew the moment I hit the door I could waive my magic DIY wand and BAM out would pop a fab upcycle Rustic DIY Coffee Table that any homeowner would love!!!!

Rustic DIY Coffee Table Once home, I ripped off her old top (which will become an awesome upcycle DIY chalk board project post – I never toss anything ;-)), and I started designing her new top.  Once we had the plan, we ran off to The Home Depot to purchase three 8ft – 2 x 8s.

Rustic DIY Coffee Table

We cut each 2×8 board in half, after all it is easier to handle a 4’ board then a 8’ board.  Since the 2×8 board widths (Big Box store rarely have consistently sized wood – they were off by up to ¼”) were not consistent, we also had to cut two straight edges.  We used a sled, with one true straight edge, made from ¾” birch ply that was 12”x4’, the same length as our 2×8 boards.  We then secured the untrue board edge to the birch ply with a screw and set the straight edge of the birch ply against the fence.  This gave us a straight edge on the 2×8.  We then ran placed the newly cut 2x8s straight edge against the fence and created our second cut.  This provided two true edges and gave us a tight connection between the boards with no gaps.

Rustic DIY Coffee Table

Next, we planed both sides using our Porter Cable planer.  We feed a sacrificially board of the same thickness as our 2x8s to ensure the first board didn’t have the ever present planer divot, and ran the same sacrificial.  Remember, to remove just a small amount, about 1/32” with each pass.  It is better to run the wood through several passes, versus taking too much off with one pass.  We then feed each board one after the other until each board was a consistent thickness.  We then lowered the planer another 1/32” and planed the other side.  We repeated this process two times to provide a consistent thickness and a smooth top and bottom surface.

Rustic DIY Coffee Table

We then edge glued our boards with Titebond  wood glue and Kreg joined them all.  We clamped the boards and let them dry overnight.

Rustic DIY Coffee Table

With the glue dry we started the finish work.  We added an edge molding as you suggested, which jazzed up the sides and gave it that classic look!  Next, we popped open some wood filler and filled all the Kreg screw holes, and areas we did not want to have deep cracks that could trap dust or dirt (or the occasional cracker crumbs 😉 – We all know who we are!)

Next up was the dreaded sanding process. We used a couple sanders in the process, and finished up with our Ryobi cat sander, which we discussed in an earlier blog and featured on Bob Vila Nation.  We started with 80 grit sand paper, followed that by 120, and did a third round with 220 to give it that extra smooth finish – you know for when your feet go up on that table – no sock snags here 😉 !

Rustic DIY Coffee Table

Once the sanding was done, I came to you, our readers, for a vote for the grand finish.  Your votes were awesome, and totally left me overwhelmed that over 2K of you wanted to be involved with the vote.  We want you to know, WE LISTEN when we ask our readers to vote, so with your great vote we got to work staining our piece with Minwax, Aged Oak stain color.  As you all suggested we left the top plain (no hardware this project around, but I promise all of you who voted for the hardware, I will find that special piece to support your vote and share it with you all).

Rustic DIY Coffee Table

Just look at this wonderful Rustic DIY Coffee Table that we all created together!  As a person who loves DIY Projects and to upcycle furniture, I think we did a wonderful job – kudos to us all!  We hope you all enjoyed this wonderful project and visit our page often.  This year Hello I Live Here will be bringing you wonderful projects that virtually any skill level can complete, and I promise a good deal will be so awesome you will want to run right to your local Lowe’s or Home Depot and get started.  Until we vote on the next project together – Stay warm and keep reading and following Hello I Live Here – 2014 is going to be an exciting year for us all 🙂

Rustic DIY Coffee Table

Thanks for the suggestion and coming over to our blog to cast your vote!  We are so proud that all our readers wanted to vote and help Hello I Live Here with this magical creation.  Until next post – Stay warm out there.

By Linda Crandall 🙂

Chic DIY Ottoman from this Old Coffee Table

Make a chic DIY ottoman from your old coffee table; Bringing new life to old pieces

Turning something old and un-functional into something new and usable is a great way to recycle some old pieces that you may have laying around your house or at your local thrift shop.  The best part: you can turn them into anything you want!  My daughter, who moved back in with my husband and I after switching colleges is saving up money to move into her first apartment after graduation so we are beginning to make pieces for her new place.  The best part about this chic DIY Ottoman project is that there are no rules, you can do whatever you’d like.  Here are the basics of what you will need.

-Old coffee table (square, rectangle, or circle)
-Furniture cushion 3-4 inches thick (this can be bought at the craft store or even your local Lowes)
-Mod Podge (or some other adhesive) – http://www.plaidonline.com/mod-podge/brand/home.htm
-2 yards of fabric of your choice
-Staples
-Staple gun
-Decorative nail heads
-Paint of your color choice
-Hammer
-Hot glue gun and glue sticks
-Cambric fabric
-Scissors

Here are the steps you will need to take to turn an old coffee table into a chic DIY ottoman:

1.   Paint the coffee table the color of your choice, this will bring new life to a boring old piece so you can make it your style.

Coffee Table Step 1
Step 1: Paint the Coffee Table

2.   After the table is dry, lay the furniture cushion on top of the table and trim the cushion so the top is covered in the cushion. (We already had our cushion glued on before we painted)

3.   Glue the cushion down to the table top.

4.   Place the fabric over the glued down cushion to make sure it is centered the way you want if there is a pattern.  Then life up a corner at a time and spray Mod Podge glue over the cushion in that are and smooth it out.  Make sure to do this on all sides so the fabric doesn’t move around.

Coffee Table and Foam
Step 4a: Spray adhesive on foam
Coffee Table with Fabric and Foam
Step 4b: Smooth fabric on adheased foam

5.   Once it is placed the way you like shoot a couple of staples into the underneath of the table to hold the fabric into place.

Coffee Table with Fabric
Step 5: Staple fabric in place

Flip the table over so the fabric is on the counter (make sure the counter is covered with a clean sheet or covering so the fabric doesn’t get dirty) and begin stapling the rest of the fabric to the bottom of the table.

Attach Fabric to Coffee Table
Step 5b: Staple fabric to coffee table

6.   After the fabric is all stapled to the bottom place the cambric fabric over the whole bottom of the table and glue it down with the hot glue so the underneath will have a finished look.  (If you aren’t familiar with cambric fabric it is usually seen on the underneath of upholstered furniture as a finishing.)

Attach cambric fabric to ottoman
Step 6: Attach cambric fabric to ottoman

7.   Once the cambric fabric is glued down flip over the table so it is standing on its legs.  Hammer in the decorative nail heads around the side. We used a nail head roll where you only put in nail head every few inches but the whole thing will look like it has nail heads around the whole piece.

Attach decorative nail heads to ottoman
Step 7: Attach decorative nail heads to ottoman

8.   Place in front of the couch and enjoy your new DIY ottoman!

Your finished chic DIY ottoman
Step 8: Enjoy your chic DIY ottoman

This whole project took my daughter and I about two hours to complete and we spent less than $60.  A new ottoman of this size can cost you upwards of $300, making your savings around $240.  So, what is stopping you from creating your own chic DIY ottoman!

I hope you enjoyed this how to!

Happy Thursday!

-LC & CC