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. Your coffee table turned out gorgeous, you’ve done a lovely job! I have this linked to my coffee tables post too today, for inspiration!

  2. This. Is. AWESOME! I would love to start building my own furniture, but I’m really nervous. Thanks for the great ideas!

  3. OMG! i am in love with your site. I have been looking at all of your tutorials and I love this one. I have needed a coffee table for a long time and it seems that you and I both have very expensive taste in Pottery Barn, but its not in my budget either. I am gonna make this as soon as i can! Thank you so much for your time in doing this and everything else. I am gonna be a fan for life 🙂 🙂

  4. Based on the inspiration provided by you and Ana, I am working on this. How did you make sure that the legs were all perpendicular to the base, and parallel with each other? Thx in advance.

  5. You.Girlie.Are.AMAZING! And you make it all look so easy for us too!
    You truly inspire! I want to try so many new things now. I’m so happy to have stumbled upon your blog!

  6. Ohmyfreakinheck you just saved me from buying a so-so Craigslist coffee table find I was headed to purchase later this evening. This is PERFECT for our space and I cannot wait to run to Home Depot instead and buy materials tonight 🙂 🙂 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!!! Pinning right now!


  7. That looks amazing. I was actually looking at purchasing the Kreig Jig but have been waiting. Did you just use the basic Jig because it seems like they have a few to choose from.

  8. This table is AMAZING! I just love to see your e-mail in my box to see what other AWESOME project you made. This table ROCKS!! WONDERFUL JOB! 🙂 Pinning now 🙂