Coffee Table DIY

Hey friends!

I am so excited to share my latest furniture build with you today!  I teamed up with Ana White to design this new coffee table, and I LOVE the results!

Coffee Table DIY

This is a super easy build and the cost of wood was under $50.  That makes me like it even more!  I will share some tips with you here, and you can check out the full set of plans at Ana White’s site!

To cut my pieces I used the newest member of my tool family…

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For those of you in the market to buy a new saw, this Ryobi 10″ Compound Miter Saw is a great place to start!  It saves a TON of time on your cuts and it is also a great price!

I used one of my very favorite tools to get this baby easily put together.


The Kreg Jig makes building so much easier!  It also makes your projects more sturdy and professional.  The first thing I did was make all of my pocket holes.  Here is a shot of the bottom of the table.  You can see where I put my pocket holes.  For this part I used 1 1/2″ pocket holes.

Pocket Holes Kreg

For the 1×3 slats I used 3/4″ pocket holes.  The Kreg Jig easily adjusts to the different size making this part super easy.

Pocket Holes

Kreg Jig Pocket Holes

I used my Ryobi Brad Nailer to attach my top slats and for my angle pieces.

Ryobi Nailer

This part was so easy!  Just use some Gorilla Wood Glue under each slat, and nail from the bottom side of the table.

Gorilla Wood Glue

My final step was finishing!  I wanted to do something a bit different with this piece.

I started by staining the whole table with one of my favs…

Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain in Early American


After that dried I used one of my new VERY FAVORITE tools to sand the whole thing down!  This little guys is just about the coolest thing since sliced bread…

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It’s Ryobi’s Corner Cat Finish Sander.  We have so many people ask what tools we use for distressing and sanding our pieces.  This tool is the best.  It’s lightweight but so powerful, and the sanding papers are so easy to change out.  And, it’s CHEAP!

I just used 120-grit paper and sanded the table until I liked the way it looked… Quick and SIMPLE!

On Ana’s plans this table has feet.  I opted to make the table without feet, and add some wheels to it.  That’s the great thing about DIY.  You are the designer!  With a few modifications, you can take any plan and put your own spin on it… No pun intended 😉

So… Here are a few more pics of it all finished up in my living room…

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Hope you love it as much as I do!  I would love for you to share this $50 table and pin it below!  You guys are great!

Thank you so much for stopping by!


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  • Laura

    Modified the plans for an end table. Built with old 4×4 fence post, pallet wood, and scrap 2×2, 2x4s and 2x6s. 3″ casters were from Home Depot and cost a little over $5 each. Matching coffee table to come! I love all your plans! You girls are so talented 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing your work!

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  • Jaime

    Love this table, we are in the process of making it now! 🙂 Did you do 1 or 2 coats of Early American? Also, after you sanded it did you put a protector on it? Thanks!

  • Maggie

    hello! I love your work! please tell me where you got that rug? I love it!!

  • rjcross

    Hey! I see that rustoleum satin poly is water based… is the stain you used oil or water based?
    and can you use an oil stain with water based poly? Thank you for your help!

    • Hi RJ! We do use the rustoleum poly and it is water based. No worries using it on an oil based stain. Hope this helps 🙂

  • rjcross

    What did you seal this with?

    • Rust-oleum Polyurethane in satin.

      • rjcross

        Thank you!! It looks lovely!
        Have you worked with Minwax poly in satin?
        If so how do they differ?
        Thank you for helping!

        • We haven’t used their poly but have used their stains and much prefer the Rustoleum stain 🙂

  • rjcross

    what did you seal this with?

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  • Katrina

    I love the LOVE sign above your couch as well. Was this a DIY as well that you would care to share instructions on? Or was this a purchase and from where? I love the table btw…I dream of finding someone to make this for me….

  • Kevin Wright

    Just built this, and I’m having the hardest time attaching the casters. How did you do it???

  • Mary Candice

    Hi. Could you tell me how you attached the casters? Also, what size are they?

  • Jean-Marie Schmidt Breslin

    LOVE IT!!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Thanks to you girls and Ana White for making it easy!!!!

  • Kari Bjaastad-Cook

    Im starting a new blog and I wanted to link you if that’s ok

  • Tara Hargrove

    So you stained first and then sanded? I don’t need to sand, stain and then sand again for your finish? Want to make sure! 🙂 Thanks

  • So this puppy is all built sitting in my garage waiting for a coat of stain tomorrow!! Once your done staining and sanding it up a bit do you use a wax sealant or poly coating to protect your pieces or just leave au natural?? Thanks!!

  • LOVE THIS!! Also LOVE your “LOVE” sign above the couch. Where did you find that or did you make it?

  • Amanda

    Love the table! What size casters did you use?

  • I noticed the Idaho Forest stamp on your lumber. Are you from Idaho? I love this table. We my be building it in the near future!

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  • Love it! Where did you find the wheels?

    • Northern Tool 🙂

      • Goshawke

        Hello! FABULOUS table – might just be the best coffee table EVER! PLEASE provide “Northern Tool” phone number and address……… thanks a ton!

  • Kim

    Love this table! Can you tell me where you purchased the casters?

  • Jessica White

    This table looks great! Pinning it…now I just need to convince my husband to let me have a hand at his saws! Do you think this would work from a pallet I rescued?

    • Absolutely! You wouldn’t get the thickness in the wood though, so you would need to make some modifications there!

  • That coffee table is beautiful. It is movable! A very simple design but looks so nice and handy! Great job! –

  • Wow, that is beautiful…good job! I love the finish on it. Where did you find the casters?

  • How lovely!!! This turned out so great! I am definitely pinning this!

    Ashley from Simply Designing

  • Love this table!

  • I absolutely love this! I will be enlisting the help of my dear hubby ASAP! This is a must for our house! Hubby brought home 4 of those big casters months ago. I’ve been waiting for just the right project to use them on. I think i just found it! THanks so much for sharing.

    • Yeah! So glad I could help put them to use 😉 Send pics when you get it done!!

  • Jamie K

    OMG! I love this table! Every time I think you can’t do any better…you do! Thank you so much for all the inspiration and the tutorials. I have tried many of your projects!

    • Thank you so much Jamie!! This made me smile! Sorry for the late reply… I am just now seeing these!

  • Rita Caldwell

    I love all rustic/country looks of furniture. I made a coffee table out of a grist mill wheel and everyone loved it. I have pictures of it on my blog.

  • Dragonfly Diva 72

    Love the shade of stain you used and the distressing of the wood. Makes me wish I had room for building things at my house!

    • Thank you!! I am constantly handing my stuff down to make room for more so I feel your pain 🙂 Thanks again for your sweet comment!

  • Jodi Stuber

    Loving it and pinned

  • Lisa Raes

    That is an awesome coffee table. I love the shape and the color you picked. Good Job 🙂


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  • Absolutely Gorgeous!

  • Jaymee

    LOVE THIS!!! I was getting ready to build the rustic x console and end tables, but I might have to do this instead.

    I’m looking for a new saw. What is the largest piece of wood this one can handle?

    • Hi Jaymee… I would actually go with Ryobi’s sliding compound miter. This one is great, but if you are looking at building bigger pieces you will be happier with a sliding saw. I hope this helps!

  • Love it! Well done!

    • Thank you so much Sandra!! 🙂

      • Mari

        I love that you all use power tools! So empowering, I wish I could to that more often, lol.