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. 🙂
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!!!!
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.
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.
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.
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 😉 !
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).
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 🙂
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 🙂