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

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  1. 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!

  2. 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!

    1. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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?

  5. 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!

  6. 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

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


  7. 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!

    1. 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!

  8. 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!!

  9. 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.

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

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