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 for this coffee table 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

Then 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 coffee 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!



  1. Laura on January 27, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    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!

  2. Jaime on December 9, 2014 at 10:39 am

    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!

  3. Maggie on October 8, 2014 at 6:33 am

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

  4. rjcross on August 19, 2014 at 11:46 am

    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!

    • Shanty2Chic on August 19, 2014 at 11:50 am

      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 🙂

  5. rjcross on August 10, 2014 at 10:56 am

    What did you seal this with?

    • Shanty2Chic on August 10, 2014 at 11:04 am

      Rust-oleum Polyurethane in satin.

      • rjcross on August 16, 2014 at 4:24 pm

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

        • Shanty2Chic on August 19, 2014 at 11:50 am

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

  6. rjcross on August 7, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    what did you seal this with?

  7. Katrina on March 10, 2014 at 10:13 am

    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….

  8. Kevin Wright on January 12, 2014 at 11:42 am

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

  9. Mary Candice on November 25, 2013 at 4:43 pm

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

  10. Jean-Marie Schmidt Breslin on September 18, 2013 at 10:48 am

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

  11. Kari Bjaastad-Cook on September 15, 2013 at 3:04 pm

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

  12. Tara Hargrove on August 13, 2013 at 9:28 am

    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

  13. Lindsay Bee on May 7, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    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!!

  14. Amber Ludtke on April 29, 2013 at 6:37 am

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

    • ❤ I built my own coffee table using the plans at www. – highly recommended you check those 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 haha ❤❤❤

      www. – check it out!

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  15. Amanda on April 17, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Love the table! What size casters did you use?

  16. Gayla Bosworth Pontius on March 25, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    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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  18. Misty Hunt Doughty on March 18, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Love it! Where did you find the wheels?

    • Shanty2Chic on March 20, 2013 at 4:38 am

      Northern Tool 🙂

      • Goshawke on June 20, 2013 at 5:49 pm

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

  19. Kim on March 14, 2013 at 8:33 am

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

  20. Jessica White on March 12, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    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?

    • Shanty2Chic on March 20, 2013 at 4:39 am

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

  21. Rainie Flores on March 8, 2013 at 12:53 am

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

  22. Trisha Manson Atkinson on March 5, 2013 at 11:37 am

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

  23. Simply Designing on March 5, 2013 at 10:38 am

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

    Ashley from Simply Designing

  24. katie on March 5, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Love this table!

  25. Hannah 'Downer' Heintzelman on March 5, 2013 at 8:15 am

    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.

    • Shanty2Chic on March 20, 2013 at 4:40 am

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

  26. Jamie K on March 5, 2013 at 8:07 am

    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!

    • Shanty2Chic on March 20, 2013 at 4:41 am

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

  27. Rita Caldwell on March 5, 2013 at 7:51 am

    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.

  28. Dragonfly Diva 72 on March 5, 2013 at 6:03 am

    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!

    • Shanty2Chic on March 5, 2013 at 6:07 am

      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!

  29. Jodi Stuber on March 4, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Loving it and pinned

  30. Lisa Raes on March 4, 2013 at 1:43 pm

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


    Creative Raisins

    • Shanty2Chic on March 5, 2013 at 5:38 am

      Thank you so much Lisa… I appreciate it!

  31. Jessica Reurich on March 4, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Absolutely Gorgeous!

  32. Jaymee on March 4, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    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?

    • Shanty2Chic on March 5, 2013 at 5:39 am

      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!

  33. Sandra Peterwerth on March 4, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Love it! Well done!

    • Shanty2Chic on March 5, 2013 at 5:39 am

      Thank you so much Sandra!! 🙂

      • Mari on April 15, 2013 at 9:56 am

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

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