Modern Farmhouse Coffee Table and How-To Video

I love a good mix of modern, industrial and farmhouse so this is one of my all-time favorite coffee tables that we have designed (and yes, there are a lot of them)! Come build it with us in the video below. Just click HERE or the play button below to watch!

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We built this coffee table with only 9 boards, 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws, inexpensive hardware pieces and 4 5x5x20 coffee table legs. You can find the legs that we used HERE from Osborne.

You can get the FREE plans HERE and you can follow along with the step-by-step tutorial below!

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The first step is to cut the 2×6 boards down to 5″, so that they are the same width as the table legs. We do this with our table saw. Cut about 1/4″ off of each side, so that the edges are straight and not rounded. I also ripped the round edges off of the 2×4 boards. This is not a necessary step but I wanted the edges to be straight like the rest of the table.

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Make the cuts for the long planks and drill 1 1/2″ pocket hole screws into each board. Refer to the plans for correct pocket hole placement. You can find the Kreg Jig that we love HERE on Amazon and you can watch our How to Use a Kreg Jig video HERE.

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Now, attach the long planks together. It helps to use a scrap piece to make sure the edges of the planks are even. Use 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws to attach the planks.

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Next, cut the short planks, drill 1 1/2″ pocket holes and attach them to the table legs. The top of the planks should be flush with the top of the legs, so that the legs become part of the table top.

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Now the short planks and legs to the long planks with 1 1/2″ pocket hole screws.

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The table should look like this now.

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Measure and cut the long apron pieces to fit. Drill 1 1/2″ pocket hold screws into the aprons and attach them to the table legs and into the short planks with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws.

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Center the apron on the table leg.

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Your table should look like this now.

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Next, cut the short apron pieces to fit, drill 1 1/2″ pocket holes and attach them to the short table ends with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws. Make sure to center on the legs here, as well.

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Now for the final building step! Cut the support pieces, drill 1 1/2″ pocket holes into each board and attach them to the long aprons and into the planked top with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws. Refer to the plans for the support placement.

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We flipped the table over and gave it one coat of Briarsmoke stain by Varathane. We like to use these Lambs Wool applicators when we are staining larger pieces. They make is so quick and easy! You can find the Lambs Wool applicator with the stain at Home Depot. We have heard that Briarsmoke is hard to find in stores. You can get the same look by mixing Weathered Gray and Dark Walnut together a 50/50 ratio.

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Let the stain sit for about 5 minutes and then wipe it with a clean cloth. You are wiping to blend so don’t wipe the stain off completely.

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Once the stain was dry, we applied one coat of Triple Thick Polyurethane by Varathane (satin). We just use a bristle brush to apply and it will look white like glue before it dries. This is our favorite finish because one coat is equal to three coats and it leaves a silky smooth finish. You can find the Triple Thick Poly HERE on Amazon.

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While the finish dried, we spray painted our metal pieces with Rust-Oleum Black Satin spray paint. This is how we make the framing angles and washers look like expensive hardware. We found these metal pieces in the framing section of Home Depot and paired them with washers and hex screws.

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When the finish and spray paint were dry, we attached a framing angle to each leg corner and attached them with a washer and a hex screw.

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That’s it!

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Don’t forget to check out the how-to video below!

My pillows are mix from AtHome and Target

The baskets are from Hobby Lobby

The gray serving tray is from HomeGoods

The seeded glass vase is from Hobby Lobby

The wall clock is from Crate and Barrel

The floating shelves are DIY and the plans are HERE

The rug is from World Market

The mantel is DIY and the plans can be found HERE

The curtains are DIY and the info can be found HERE

  • Steven Cruise

    What size washer and hex screws fit those corner brackets the best?

  • FlaviaS

    Great Coffee Table, love the metal accents. I’m gathering up ideas for making new furniture pieces for the new house that we are building (literally building ourselves – we are the general contractor for the project). It’s a mountain style home in Truckee, so the rustic farmhouse style is perfect! Do you ladies have any ideas or suggestions for a end table to match this coffee table?

    Also, I’m really enjoying your videos; keep them coming!

  • Jamie K

    Love Love this table!! Love the whole space!! Thank you for such great tutorials! I’d love to have a Shanty2Chic t-shirt…do you have them for sale?