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DIY Square Coffee Table

Hey guys!  I am LOVING my latest knock off piece!  I fell in love with the inspiration piece in a popular home decor catalog and had to have something like it!!  I enlisted the help of our sweet and talented friend, Ana White, on this project and boy did she deliver!

Square-Dining-Table-DIYAhhhh I am so in LOVE and I LOVE the legs, they just make the table!  Don’t let them intimidate you though, I didn’t make them 😉  An awesome company, Osborne Wood Products designed them for me based on Ana’s plans!  This table is unbelievably easy to build and I was able to do so for under $200!!  I’ll show you how I did it!

Coffee-Table-LegsI started with four of these GORGEOUS legs from Osborne, you may have seen a sneak peak picture of them on our Instagram 🙂  They are custom legs BUT they are offering them to our readers for the price of a stock leg making them half-off, Heck yah!!!  Click the box below to purchase the legs!

Drill-Kreg-Pocket-HolesFirst step is to attach the sides of the table to the legs.  This is super easy, I just drilled pocket holes in the boards with my Kreg Jig.

pocket-holes-in-apronsHere’s a picture of the sides of the table and where I drilled my pocket holes!

attach-first-boardsI used Gorilla Glue wood glue and my Ryboi 18V Lithium Drill to attach the boards to the legs.

attach-bottom-aprons

top-and-bottom-apronsWell, that was EASY!  On to the bottom shelf!

cut-spots-for-legsI used my Ryobi Jigsaw to cut notches out of my Purebond Plywood so that it will fit between the table legs.  We always use Purebond Plywood where we can because it is gorgeous, formaldehyde-free and it’s made with wood from sustainable forests.  You can learn more about why we have taken the Purebond Pledge HERE!

Kreg-JigAfter I cut the notches out, I used my Kreg Jig to drill pocket holes on all four sides.

attach-bottomTo attach it to the bottom apron, I just laid the table on it’s side and worked my way around, making sure to keep the plywood flush with the top of the boards, as I went.

planked-top-with-pocket-holesOnce the bottom was attached, it was time to build the planked top.  You can see that I circled where I drilled all of my pocket holes.

how-to-build-a-coffee-tableFinally, it was time to attach the top.  The pocket holes that I drilled in the side pieces made this part so easy and I don’t have any nail holes to cover!

Whoop! Time to stain 🙂
Rustoleum_Dark_WalnutI applied one coat of Rust-Oleum Dark Walnut stain with a foam brush.  I let it sit for 5 minutes and then wiped the stain with a clean cloth.  Don’t wipe the stain away, the purpose of wiping is to blend the stain so that it is even all over the piece.

Rustoleum_PolyurethaneAnd, because this is a coffee table and it will see lots of ware and tear, I applied two coats of Rust-Oleum Polyurethane in Matte finish.

That was it!

DIY-Dining-TableThanks to Ana’s plans and Osborne’s gorgeous legs, I have a beautiful, DIY, square coffee table for under $200!!!!  It’s so much fun to decorate with the large base at the bottom!  I’m going to be busy year-round with this beauty 😉

DIY-Square-Coffee-Table

DIY-Furniture-Coffee-Table

Square-Dining-Table-DIYI hope you love this coffee table as much as I do!  Go check out all of the wood working products that Osborne has to offer!  I was so inspired to build different pieces of furniture just looking through their selections!!

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Thanks for stopping by!

Ashley

109 Comments

  1. Bobbie on February 25, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    That is gorgeous!!! Going to get me a Kreg Jig but I can’t find the K5 in any stores by me so I have to order it online. Looking forward to playing with it!!

  2. Natalie Jacobs on February 11, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    I did the same polyurethane on this and mine is getting easily scratched. Did you have this problem? What can I be doing wrong?

  3. Amy Applewhite on February 4, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Are you supposed to put the polyurethane on the legs as well, or just the top of the table?

    • Shanty2Chic on February 4, 2015 at 10:36 am

      I just did the top to save time but it would be smart to cover the whole thing!

      • Amy Applewhite on February 4, 2015 at 10:39 am

        Okay thanks so much! Also, we’re trying to attach the legs to the aprons with 1 1/4 pockethole screws, and it doesn’t seem to be tightening on the wood. Do you have any suggestions? And do you have a preference for wood for the top of the table for our next one?

        • Steve on May 22, 2015 at 1:33 pm

          Bummed that there isn’t any specific plans to reference. Anyway, I made my own legs using leftover 4×4 cedar posts, $3.00 chair legs, glue and hanger bolts + Type-E Insert Nuts. All four legs cost me $9.00/piece & some time to make. Look just as good!

          • Shanty2Chic on May 22, 2015 at 1:37 pm

            Awesome! There are actual plans. In the first paragraph there is a link to the the plans, as well as at the end.



  4. John Miller on February 2, 2015 at 9:42 am

    The table looks great, but I am concerned about the joinery on the top. Breadboard ends can be VERY tricky, and using pocket screws to attach the ends does not allow the table to expand and contract as it naturally will. How has your top held up over time?

  5. Marielle Barney Mullins on January 27, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    I am making this I the next 2-3 weeks. What size are the pieces of wood for the sides? And do you use the plywood for both top and bottom? Or just the bottom? And how do you make the plank top?

  6. Thomas Watson on January 11, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    That’s such a great idea, plus the coffee table looks perfect!

  7. April Driggers on December 30, 2014 at 11:57 am

    YOU are absolutely amazing….truly. I’m so inspired by you. Now, if I weren’t afraid of power tools…. or actually even OWNED one… Have you ever done a run down on tools people should start with or good starter projects for the ABSOLUTE beginner?

    • Shanty2Chic on December 30, 2014 at 11:59 am

      Thank you, April! We have a list that I’m adding the link to! We also have a section of how-to videos with several how-to’s for tool use! Hope these help 🙂
      https://www.shanty-2-chic.com/favorite-tools

      • Marielle Barney Mullins on January 28, 2015 at 2:09 pm

        Can I get some help?!?!? I need measurements on the boards for the framing the plywood and plank top. Please!!!

  8. Alicia C. on December 14, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Beautiful!

  9. Tyne on December 12, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Ok I just ordered these legs and can’t wait for them to get here to build this table!! It is going to look amazing with my rustic/primitive decor!! Side note for everyone purchasing the legs…go to the Osborne website to purchase the legs instead of the Amazon link that shows. The knotty pine legs on the Osborne site are $29.12 instead of the $32.53!! My total purchase was $138.70, way cheaper than the $189 price everyone else is getting!!!

  10. RL on September 2, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    Beautiful!!!! My husband is on it!

  11. RL on September 2, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    I am searching high and low for a leather sofa or sectional, where is yours from/brand?

  12. Stephanie Gray on August 8, 2014 at 10:26 am

    The legs are $32.50 each; however, the shipping is $14.95 PER leg, which seems kinda high. So after adding $60 to the cost, you are looking at about $190 for the four legs. So I guess the total cost is more like $300 as opposed to $200. It’s absolutely gorgeous and still much cheaper than what Restoration Hardware wants for this style. I admit I’ll pay the $60 shipping for the legs since they are beautiful

    • Shanty2Chic on August 8, 2014 at 10:29 am

      Didn’t consider the shipping. But, I think $260 for the table still beats paying retail 😉

    • molinde on November 13, 2014 at 6:45 pm

      I just purchased the legs in knotty pine and it was about $130 including shipping. Theyes came in yesterday and I can’t wait to build my new coffee table!

  13. Jessica Lea Price on July 29, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Hi! This is so nice, but the legs are showing $32.53 plus $14.92 shipping each. That’s $47.45 per leg, totalling $189.80 before tax! Is this right??

    • Shanty2Chic on August 8, 2014 at 10:29 am

      I guess so. I didn’t think to include shipping.

  14. Raquel Rocha on July 28, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    hello where did you get the rug and is there a coupon code for the legs its 189 with shipping …seems like a lot

    • Shanty2Chic on August 8, 2014 at 10:30 am

      It is a lot for shipping but I do thing the cost of the table is still great compared to retail 🙂

  15. Lisa @ Shine Your Light on June 30, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    Another project that is blowing me away! Amazing!!

  16. Trish Yeatts on March 28, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Did you build the entire table with pine? Or another species?

    • Shanty2Chic on March 28, 2014 at 11:44 am

      Just pine 🙂

      • Nicholas S on March 29, 2014 at 10:57 pm

        Where do you get such amazing wood?!? it is gorgeous. All the wood at menards is so awful but i have no idea where else to go.

  17. Shanty2Chic on February 20, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    The table that this one was inspired by is $600 plus shipping and tax. If you want to purchase that table go for it;)

    • Shauna on April 7, 2014 at 8:33 am

      I agree…my husband is in the process of building this table because we refuse to pay over $600 for it from Pottery Barn. He has already built one of your tables and we LOVE it!!! Thank you so much. He is now telling all of his friends what an amazing site it is!!

  18. Savannah Gordon on February 19, 2014 at 11:18 am

    I have seen a similar table in pottery barn for the same price as the legs used to make one on your own… if your not a very talented diyer it would seem easier to just buy it already made…. I am all for diy when it cuts costs… not when I would be paying more to do it my self.. beautiful table though… you did a very good job!!!

    • Shanty2Chic on February 19, 2014 at 11:29 am

      The legs are $30 a piece making a total of $120. Please show me where you can find a Pottery Barn table similar to this one for $120 😉

      • Savannah Gordon on February 20, 2014 at 11:49 am

        http://www.potterybarn.com/products/shanti-carved-wood-rectangular-coffee-table/?pkey=ccoffee-tables&cm_src=coffee-tables||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_–_- Sorry $199.00… $79.00 more than the cost of the legs, my mistake.

      • Savannah Gordon on February 20, 2014 at 12:18 pm

        I was not in any way trying to be rude or saying I could have done better because I would never be able to pull your beautiful table off on my own,,, I just happened to be looking for a table on pottery barn earlier that morning… I am sorry if I offended you.

        • Shanty2Chic on February 20, 2014 at 12:31 pm

          No offense take at all. This is a DIY website and we knock-off expensive furniture at a fraction of the cost. We are novice (we just started building 4 years ago) and we like to encourage our readers to start building as well:)

          • Robert Trujillo on October 25, 2015 at 7:39 am

            Above you stated to click on the box below to order the legs at half price. Where is the link at? I am not able to find it and would love to purchase the legs at half price.



      • AAS on June 19, 2015 at 5:56 am

        You can get a nice set of bath towels at PB for $120, definitely not a coffee table.

  19. Ruth Olivia Bell-Simmons on January 29, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Love your table! What are the dimensions and what type of wood did you use?

  20. Sarah Russell on January 25, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Hi Ladies!
    I just wanted to send you a little note to say just how much I love your tutorials! You are two extremely talented women & are doing just what you were meant to do by sharing all these wonderful projects with us. Always know that the work you do is appreciated by many. Have a wonderful day!!
    Sarah 🙂

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