So, I shared my DIY Coffee Table with you all a few days ago and now I’m back to share how I finished it! 

I love the size, the functionality and the “old” look….. and the fact that it only cost me $40 to build!!!

I started by painting the legs with a favorite ~ Rust-Oleum Heirloom White spray paint.

Next, I stained the top of the table with two coats of Minwax Dark Walnut Stain.  I painted it on with a foam brush, let it sit for about 15 minutes, wiped it off with an old cloth and repeated after 24 hours.

After another 24 hours I painted on 1 coat of Minwax Polycrylic Gloss with a Purdy brush.

To achieve a more “worn” look, I used my 3M sanding block to distress the edges of all of the legs…

and I followed up with a bit of Minwax Dark Walnut stain on the distressed edges.  Yes, I am doing this over my carpet.  I was so anxious to get the table in the house that I forgot to distress it:) 

Ahh!  I LOVE it:)  This is where I do all of my blogging:)

Room for decor, my laptop, coffee and toys of course!

And, in case you get a crazy urge to “sit on a coffee table”….

Christy, this one’s for you;)  No creaking, wobbling, swaying….  Nope, this table is built SOLID!

Thanks so much for stopping by:)


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    1. Thank you June! Ana’s site is dangerous….I always find “one more thing” that I must have in my house;) Thanks for stopping by!

  1. That is just what your sofa unit needed. I thought that your trunk looked so nice because I am sooo partial to trunks but this I love!!! Nice job!!

    1. Thank you Paula! I did love the trunk but now that I have a more functional table I am in love with it. It’s so nice to have a flat surface to decorate and set my coffee cup;) Thanks for stopping by!

  2. This looks awesome. A friend of mine has been looking for a coffee table just like this. I am wondering if you did anything before you put the stain on. ON the can it says to us some product to avoid streaking, just wondering if I can skip that step. Thanks

    1. Thank you Katrina! I didn’t do anything to it before besides sanding down the wood putty and rough edges. It didn’t streak and I have never had streaking when I have stained. Now, I am not a professional and I’m sure the proper way is to treat it before hand but I’m impatient:) Definitely put some sort of varnish on top of it to keep it sealed and protected!

  3. I luv this look, I plan on changing the finish on my kitchen table legs for this same feel. Great job!

  4. It is absolutely beautiful! Beautiful! Mind if I ask what the cost break down looked like? I really want to build a coffee table but am sure it will be more than I budget.

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    1. Thank you Kristen! I did forget to mention the cost….I’m sorry. I went back and added it so hopefully others will be able to see it. I only spent $40 and I had to buy every piece of wood for it. This is not including the stain, polycrylic or spray paint… I would add another $30 for that if you don’t already have it:) Thanks so much for stopping by!

    1. Thank you Jan! You are too sweet:) I had great plans to follow and that made a HUGE difference. Couldn’t have done it without ’em:) Thanks so much for stopping by!

  5. Nice job, it looks very similar to my farm house table I built and blogged. I too did the dark top and white base. Though I did a crackle coat and used 2 x 12’s for the top. It was so cold out I had to build it inside my living room. We still love it and it is just the right size for our small dining area. I have been wanting to start a coffee table, this post gives me even more incentive to get er done~

    1. Thank you Pamela:) Your table sounds beautiful! Enjoying a piece you hand built is so rewarding not to mention the money you save in doing so! I rarely build outside now unless it is spring or fall:) Summer is way too hot here in DFW! Good luck on your coffee table:)

    1. Thank you Jennifer! It really is sturdy! I had to get up and down off of it several times and it never even wobbled or creaked! Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Wow, that looks amazing. I have to admit I was a teeny bit skeptical at the beginning, silly me. I want to tackle one for me now. Love it, love it, love it!!!

    1. Thank you Elaine! I love that I only spent $40 on it and it took an afternoon to build! The finishing took a little longer but the end result is worth it:) Good luck on your build and thanks so much for stopping by!

  7. So awesome! and you, what the heck…how do you look that good sittin’ a top a coffee table? fabulous 🙂

  8. I absolutely love it.. I’d love to try and build one. I like that its sturdy built too. Love that dark walnut stain.

    1. Thank you Debbie! Dark Walnut is my favorite stain right now because it is so rich! It really was not a hard build. It would have been super easy had I not had to make the measurement changes and build it square vs. rectangle. Go for it:) Thanks for stopping by!