After a couple of months without finding the right coffee table at the right price, I started to search for DIY coffee table ideas online and stumbled across Silvia Song's DIY coffee table.
Instead of using an Ikea oak counter top, I used a solid wood panel of pine from Lowe's and painted it with 3 coats of stain.
Here is a list of supplies I used:
- 1 Stain grade solid wood panel (pine or any other type of wood you prefer) size 5/4" x 24" x 48"
- 4 Raw Steel 14" Hairpin legs from Hairpinlegs.com
- 1 Cheap synthetic paint brush
- 1 Quart of Stain & Polyurethane (Miniwax Polyshades in Antique Walnut Satin 340)
- 1 Sanding sponge (220 fine)
- 12 Screws size #14 x 1"
- Cardboard box to prop the wood panel on while staining
- Small towel that you don't mind throwing away
- Start off by sanding the wood panel and wiping away all the dust and dirt with a small towel. Then, stir the stain & poly making sure you do not stir too quickly and create bubbles
- Begin painting the wood panel with even strokes carefully so that the stain does not drip over the edges. The stain & poly is permanent so make sure you cover your flooring for accidental drippings
- Wait 6 hours (or follow the instructions on your stain can) in between coats
- Sand with fine sandpaper/sand sponge
- Repeat step 2–4 until you have 3 coats of stain
- Place the legs 1.5" from the edge and mark with a pencil where the screws should be
- Use a drill with bit no wider than the screw's center to make screw holes. Be sure to not drill all the way through the wood panel
- Screw in screws
I would definitely make sure to do this in a well ventilated area since the stain & polyurethane fumes are quite strong. This was my first coffee table so I had a lot of questions, but the workers at Lowe's were super helpful and knowledgeable. Overall I'm happy with how the coffee table turned out!
Photography by Ms. Yvonne Lin
Published by: Yvonne in DIY