I have been slowly changing things around in our living room for a while now and decided it was time for a new coffee table. Usually I would run down to Salvation Army and see what they had, but I knew exactly what I wanted so my wonderful hubby volunteered to help me build one!
Our old coffee table wasn’t even a coffee table, it was a wooden trunk. Don’t get me wrong, I love it. It just wasn’t fitting in with the rest of the room. It now has a new home in our house.
Here is the old coffee table.
I have been eyeing this lovely Ballard Designs table for a while now, but at $399 there was no way I was ever going to own one.
It was time to get out the tools and build my own!
We started with a few 2×2 – 8 ft. “table legs” You can pick them up at Home Depot for $1.87 each.
We then started attaching all the frame pieces together with basic wood screws.
It really helps if you have one person to hold the boards together while one person drills the screws in.
Building the frame took no time at all.
Once the frame was assembled I got busy filling in all the screw holes with spackle.
My hubby added a few boards across the middle for extra support. It’s not uncommon for a certain small boy to launch himself off the coffee table Super Man style onto the couch. Extra support was a good idea!
For the table top, we used… wait for it… wait for it… CEDAR FENCE PICKETS! They were way cheaper than all the other lumber at $2.55 per post. (We bought 5/8 in. x 5 1/2 in. x 6 ft. Western Red Cedar Dog-Ear Fence Pickets.)
I know what you’re thinking! The boards must be all rough and fence like. Well, yup! But, here is the before and after sanding. The bottom boards are sanded and the top boards aren’t. Such a huge difference!
The Ballard Designs tables’ bottom shelf is set inside the frame, but we didn’t think would be a good idea for our family as far as it holding up, so we opted to place the boards on top of the frame. In order to do this, we had to cut a notch out of the corner of each corner board.
Notice how the board is cut to fit the table leg. On a side note: I’m sure you’re saying “that’s not a coffee table.” You’re right. After we built the frame for the coffee table we decided to build a matching end table too.
After the spackle had dried, I sanded the frame with my hand sander, then painted it black. This will be the base for the faux metal finish it will get later. After all, the Ballard Designs table is metal.
After the spray paint dried, we then attached the top and bottom planks with screws.
The holes were then filled with spackle and left to dry.
After everything was sanded and wiped down, it was time for stain. I tried a few colors on a test board before I committed to staining the whole table. I wasn’t really happy with any color, so I decided to mix my own. I used Minwax Weathered Oak and a touch of Provential to make the perfect color.
I stained them and left them outside overnight to dry.
The next morning, I brought them inside and gave them a few coats of poly. I went with a satin so it wouldn’t be too shiny.
After drying for a few days, the table was ready to be faux metal painted.
The legs blend in so well with the metal TV cabinet. I couldn’t be happier!
In order to get a nice faux metal look, I used different colors of craft paint. I strongly recommend using some metallic or shimmer paint.
I just used an old tee-shirt to apply the paint. From up close, you can still tell they are made of wood, but unless someone looks really close, they will never know.
The two new tables really make a huge difference in our living room.
I found this cute plate and green bottle the other day at Habitat and knew they would be perfect for our new table!
I’m so glad we decided to build a matching end table. We used the leftover cedar planks to make the top and shelf so the only expense was a few 2×2’s.
This Ballard Designs knock off coffee table and end table only ran us about $33.00. We already had the screws and the paint or it would have been just a little bit more.
The dimensions of our tables are:
coffee table: 20″ tall x 22″ wide x 42″ long
end table: 22 1/2″ tall x 22″wide x 25″ long
This project did take us a couple of days to complete, but it was so worth it! I love how they transformed our living room for the better. I still have a few more projects to complete before our living room is done, but for now I’m pleased with it.
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