DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Benchwright Coffee Table

Hello!  I’ve been building again…  I found a coffee table in the Pottery Barn catalog and fell in LOVE!

Well it’s $699 and OUT of my budget so of course I turned to Ana!


She whipped up plans for a similar coffee table that cost me $100!  Score!

You can get Ana’s plans HERE!

Here are a few pics during my building process:)

My Kreg came in mighty handy for this build!  It really is amazing how solid it makes a piece of furniture!  Whit and I highly recommend purchasing one if you are going to build your own furniture!

Pic of the bottom shelf.  It’s two 1×12’s and I secured them together with the Kreg.

Hidden pocket hole underneath the shelf.

Now for the drawers….  The table itself was VERY easy to build but the drawers were the biggest challenge I have faced building so far.  That being said, they were “doable” and I am so glad that I tackled them:)

Here is a picture of the drawer slides and the drawer frames you build.  What makes this a little tricky is that the two frames you build for the drawers to slide in and out of have to be pretty identical.

TIPS for drawers:

~Do NOT use furring strips

~Make sure your boards are straight

~Build the first one based on your table measurements rather than the plans just to make them exact.

~I built the first one and then placed the second one on top of the first as I built it to make sure they lined up exact.

~No build is perfect.  If your drawer slides a little crooked, only you will know:)  The drawer face makes up for a lot of human error;)

I finished her off with my new FAVORITE stain!

Rust-Oleum Dark Walnut

It dries super fast, doesn’t smell as bad as most wood stain and the finish is so even and rich!

Ready to see my finished product???

 I bought the pulls at Home Depot for about $5 each.  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this coffee table and I LOVE that I saved $600 building it myself with Ana’s Plans!

If you love it would you please pin it below 🙂  Thanks so much! ~Ashley


  1. Leslie from Onesie Twosie on February 2, 2012 at 1:19 am

    Seriously?!? How many times are you going to make me say it…you are awesome. 🙂 Love the table.

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      I love my coffee table! Mine looks aboslutely beautiful! I built it myself! I used the plans at to build mine – I highly recommend you visit that website and check their plans out too. They are detailed and super easy to read and understand unlike several others I found online. The amount of plans there is mind-boggling… there’s like 16,000 plans or something like that for tons of different projects. Definitely enough to keep me busy with projects for many more years to come!!


      Go to www. – click the pink link above for some more plans! Best of luck on your building adventures! You’ll love the coffee table there 🙂


  2. Liz on February 1, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Daaaaang girl!!! You did such a great job! I can barely get my house picked up each day let alone build a darling coffee table 😉 I am just jealous lol!

  3. Stephanie on February 1, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Amazing!! I just love how your table turned out Ashley! You did such a beautiful job!! I read through Ana’s plans and wondered about the legs. Did you use your Kreg Jig to join the 1×2 and 1×3 together or just wood glue and nails? They look so perfect! I would love to try using a stain. but everything I’ve made from her site has been painted which seems more forgiving of my mistakes.

  4. Lori on February 1, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Oh my word you rock!!! That is awesome!

  5. Lisa @ Creative Raisins on February 1, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Wow, this is amazing. I love how it turned out ~ Very Talented

  6. Sally L on February 1, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    WOW!! I love your table! Great job! I am planning on refinishing our two end table and will have to try out this stain. Thanks for you wonderful ideas!

  7. Mindi on February 1, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Seriously Beautiful! I just found your blog through Ana’s site. I have been admiring what you and your sister have built! I LOVE the stain and I am considering several projects just so I can use it! Thanks for sharing!

    • Ashley on February 1, 2012 at 7:59 pm

      So happy to have you Mindi! I am amazed at how awesome the Rust-Oleum stain really is! I have used stain for many years now and I’m sold on this stain. It has such a professional look to it!

  8. Andrea on February 1, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    That’s awesome. I like your version better. I need to get more power tools.

    • Ashley on February 1, 2012 at 8:00 pm

      Thank you Andrea! The Kreg and a drill are must-haves in my opinion;)

  9. Tonya @ Love of Family & Home on February 1, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    AMAZING!! Your version is seriously, GORGEOUS!!

    • Ashley on February 1, 2012 at 8:01 pm

      Thank you Tonya:)))

  10. Suzell Rodriguez on February 1, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    This is amazing! I can’t believe you recreated it so perfectly. I don’t think I could personally make it come out like that but I pinned it and will try it out! Thanks!

  11. nancy on February 1, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Lovely piece of furniture! I currently bought the 40 dollar Kreg jig kit, happy with it, but I wish I would have bought the one you have. I am currently working on the shelves your sister made. Can’t wait to see the finished product. Keep sharing with us your amazing woodworking skillz!

    p.s. question: do you put anything over your finished stained furniture, like polyurethane?

  12. Jeff McClure on February 1, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Ashley, how funny that I am waiting on plans from Ana to build the console table for this same group?! We just finalized the major details and hope to get started in the next week or so. Keep up the great work!

  13. nicole on February 1, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    seriously. LOVE

    i found your site not too long ago and have already made some stuff. tutorials are AH-MAZING.

    my next project… the platform bed. whooooooo

    • Ashley on February 1, 2012 at 1:13 pm

      Thanks so much Nicole! You will have to share your finished photos with us!!!

    • Stefanie on February 1, 2012 at 3:35 pm

      O my sweet goodness! You did an amazing job! This may just become one of my “to dos”! Thanks for sharing!

      • Ashley on February 1, 2012 at 7:57 pm

        Awesome! Thanks Stefanie;)

  14. Jill Flory on February 1, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    I love seeing all the great stuff you make:) Ana has great plans too. I’m in awe:)

    • Ashley on February 1, 2012 at 1:09 pm

      Thank you Jill!!! I love Ana’s plans too:))

  15. [email protected] on February 1, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    It looks terrific! I got a Kreg for Christmas, and have yet to get it out of the box. I wish you were near me to help me through my building jitters!

    • Ashley on February 1, 2012 at 1:10 pm

      Thanks Korrie! I was intimidated of the Kreg when I opened it and I didn’t like that it had a DVD for instructions but the instructions really are great! Also, look at Ana’s video of the shelves she posted! She gives a great tutorial on the Kreg and I think that would make it less intimidating!

  16. LC on February 1, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Thank you again for another great share! You are truly my inspiration for all things DIY, especially giving me the courage to start building. Thanks again, you guys rock!!

    • Ashley on February 1, 2012 at 1:10 pm

      Aww thanks so much!!!

  17. Toqua's Crafts on February 1, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    WOW! You did an amazing job!

    • Ashley on February 1, 2012 at 12:58 pm

      Thanks so much!

  18. northern cottage on February 1, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    wow! awesome job! love the sturdy yummy result! put your feet up, right?! xo

    • Ashley on February 1, 2012 at 12:58 pm

      Thank you:))

  19. Jaime on February 1, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Ashley another great build. I just got my Kreg jig this week and I feel the same as you, I will never go back and now I ‘ve been trying to hide every screw with a pocket hole. LOVE that jiggity jig. And Ana rocks as usual, I’m smack in the middle of building another PB knock off for her site but thank goodness it doesn’t involve drawers. I just steer clear of drawers because they are so frustrating but looks like you had great success.

    • Ashley on February 1, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      Thank you Jaime! I used to steer clear of the drawers too but after tackling the first set I have warmed up to them:))

  20. Ana White on February 1, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Ashley, you amazing lady! This coffee table is so gorgeous! Thank you for building and sharing your talent! Love it! Ana

    • Ashley on February 1, 2012 at 12:36 pm

      Thank you Ana! I LOVE it! Great plans;)

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