DIY Coffee Table or Bench

WeΒ just finished shooting our pilot for HGTV this past weekend! It was a lot of work but it was so much fun πŸ™‚ We can’t wait for you all to see it and we will let you know when it will air, as soon as we find out!

I was able to sneak in some time to build this cutie for our master bedroom though!

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Is it a coffee table or a bench? It could really be whichever you need/like or both πŸ™‚ Would you believe it only cost $25 in lumber? I bought this couch to sit in front of our bay windows and I love the way it fits however, it was driving me CRAZY not to have a coffee table to put my coffee cup or a cute vase with flowers on! I didn’t want to cramp the room with a full size coffee table so I came up with this solution and I AM IN LOVE with it πŸ™‚ It’s just what this space needed!

As always, we have the FREE Printable Plans for you, as well as a full step-by-step tutorial for you to follow along with. You an click the image below or HERE to print the plans.

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A big thanks to our friend Jay, from Jay’s Custom Creations for creating the printable plans! Check out his site for more free DIY plans!

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I started by making all of my cuts (minus the feet) first!

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Then, I marked the places to cut-in on one of the side pieces.

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My marks πŸ™‚

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I used my jigsaw to cut along those lines.

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After I cut the first side piece with the jigsaw, I used my corner cat sander to smooth the edges.

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Then, I used that piece to trace the other side. This way they will look the same πŸ˜‰

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Easy enough!

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I then drilled pocket holes into one end of both of the side pieces.

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They should look like this now. (You will drill the pocket holes into the 2×4’s at this point too).

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Next, I attached the 2×4 pieces to one of the side pieces with pocket hole screws and wood glue.

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Then, attach the other side piece the same way.

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I attached the top of the bench to the base with pocket hole screws and wood glue, too.

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Then, the stretcher.

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I cut the angles on the feet with my miter saw set at 45 degrees and attached them to the bench with brad nails and wood glue.

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Now it’s ready for the finish!

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I applied one coat of Varathane Dark Walnut. Just wipe it on with a clean cloth, wait about 5 minutes, then wipe it down with a separate clean cloth to blend the stain.

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When the stain was dry, I brushed on one coat of Rust-Oleum Chalked paint in Linen White. This will not look pretty, you will see the stain underneath but that is OK!

sand-paper

When the paint dries just rub an 80-grit piece of sand paper all over. I went with the grain.

Varathane Triple Thick

After sanding all over, I wiped it down with a damp cloth and applied one coat of Varathane Triple Thick Polyurethane all over.

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And, that was IT!

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Such an easy and inexpensive project and I’m LOVING this finish technique! I’ve got an itch to paint all of the furniture in my house like this…. oops πŸ™‚

Thanks so much for stopping by!

~Ashley

Sources for other items in the space:

Couch – World Market

Vase – World Market

Pillows – Hobby Lobby and Target

Curtains – Pottery Barn

Curtain Rods – Home Depot

Check out this video to build this DIY Rolling Storage Coffee Table!

  • Corrine Girondo

    Do you have a tutoral on how to use the jigsaw? U can’t get that middle cut right. Ruined so much wood πŸ™

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  • Hi! I noticed the plans show 2×3’s, but in your tutorial you mention attaching 2×4’s. Did you use 2×3’s or 2×4’s for the side pieces? Beautiful by the way! I really love it! ~Janice

  • Anne Holder

    Is the “stretcher” necessary? Like so the legs don’t flair out? I’m looking to make a bench with space for storage baskets under. Maybe a middle leg? Looks great!

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  • I can’t tell you girls how close to my heart this one is! Our coffee table in my college apartment was a bench we found on the side of the road! Our apartment was so small, that is all that would fit! Love it! xoxo

  • Kaitlin

    What type of cloth did you use for the stain? Any recommendations on the type of brush for the chalk paint

    • Just a basic synthetic brush and I use the stain rags that you can purchase in a bag at Home Depot. Hope this helps!

  • Vicki P

    Love the bench! Exactly what I’ve been looking for. If I widen the feet and adjust dimensions, do you think it would work as a dining table? I need a narrow table for a porch.

    • For sure if you widen the feet – it will be really heavy though πŸ˜‰

  • Creatively Char

    I was wondering how stable this is? It seems like it my be tipsy. I adore it and planing making it. Also how does the chalked paint compare to others? Any feed back on that? Thx again for all your creativity!

    • The feet are only as wide as the top so it could tip. I like the look of it and it is sturdy for where I need it. If you need more stability just widen the feet πŸ™‚

  • Kaleena Moulton

    I’m considering making this taller for an entry way table. Do you think it would still be stable if I doubled the height?

    • Hi Kathleen,
      If you double the height I would widen the feet a bit so that it won’t tip. Great idea πŸ™‚

  • Great idea for the finishing touch and function! It’s beautiful!

  • Stephanie Hulings

    LOVE LOVE LOVE! Where did you purchase the chalk paint? I have not see it at the big box stores they we frequent regularly. πŸ™‚

    • Linda Baldock

      I read someplace that this is a new paint she found at Home Depot.

      • Thank you Linda! You are correct πŸ˜‰

      • Stephanie Hulings

        thank you πŸ™‚

    • Thank you! You can find it at Home Depot πŸ™‚

      • Stephanie Hulings

        Thank you! I will share what I am making with the finish when I am done, I think you will approve πŸ™‚

        • Kaitlin

          I have a kitchen table that I would like to refinish like this. Do you suggest sanding the existing finish first?

          • Yes! If you are going to stain the first layer like I did here, it needs to be sanded to the bare wood.

          • Kaitlin

            Thank you so much! I love your blog and instagram! You do amazing work!

          • Thank you so much! We appreciate that πŸ™‚