Factory Cart Coffee Table!!

Hey friends!

Want to see what I made during nap time yesterday??  My oldest kids are staying at their grandparents for a few days and the baby took her good, long afternoon nap so I had to utilize this precious time!  Know what I mean moms??

I have been loving this table from RH for years now…

With a price tag of over $1000 (YUCK), I had no intentions of ever having one.  That was until I stumbled on Ana White’s version!

So, I lovingly passed on my current coffee table to my younger sister and got to work yesterday!

First off, a stop to Lowe’s with one of my favorite “helpers”…

Yah, she was just checking the receipt for me… Not about to eat it at all 😉

I also stopped my Northern Tool to pick up my metal casters.  I actually found several online as well but I wanted mine now so I purchased these for $12 a piece.  That was the most expensive part of this table but well worth it I think.

I followed Ana’s plan with just a few exceptions…

~For the sides I used 1×10 rather than 1×6.  I didn’t want such a low sitting coffee table with my big couch so this gave it an extra 4″.

~ I added an extra 1×6 plank to the top which made the table a bit longer.

~ I made the top planks 3″ longer than the measurement she called for.  This gave me a bit of an overhang which is exactly how I wanted it.

~Because I wanted an overhang, I moved the 1×2 braces under the table flush with my sides rather than putting the 3/4″ down.  This actually made the entire table much easier to build I think!

~ I also used 2×4 for the wheel supports on the bottom.  I had some extra, plus they are cheaper and stronger.

So here are a few pictures of my steps…

I used Gorilla Wood Glue for everything and actually used a 2″ nailer to hold everything together.  It’s sturdy!

These are the planks lined up for the top of the table.  I bought the knottiest wood I could find to make it look older and shatier 🙂

This is a picture of the finished underside of the table just before I flipped it to stain it!

And here it is ready to be stained!

I actually stained it last night and will be putting the polycrylic on it this morning before I attach my wheels.

The wheels got a little revamping as well…

Here they are drying after I sprayed them all with a coat of Rust-Oleum Black spray paint. Woohoo!

I promise… This is super easy to build!  She actually has you use screws so if you have  a drill you can build this baby!  Easy!  I had the entire thing done in the 2 hours it took E to nap!

Oh, I almost forgot.  Total cost out of my pocket… Less than $85!  That is $10 less than the quoted shipping cost on RH’s version!

Want to see it all finished???  Me too!  I will share that with you guys in my next post :-)!  Have a great Wednesday! I’m off to get more done!!



  1. Katie Leahy on June 8, 2013 at 8:11 am

    If you can recall, about how much did you spend on all your materials?

  2. ali on February 11, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Hello! My husband and I are following your’s and Ana’s directions to make a table just like this! Where did you buy the wheels from? All the ones at Home Depot were too small!

    • Shanty2Chic on February 11, 2012 at 8:08 pm

      Northern Tool and they sell them online if you don’t have one near you! 🙂

  3. Minna on June 20, 2011 at 1:09 am

    Hi Ashley,

    If you don’t mind my asking, why did you decide to get away from the other coffee table that you built? Was it the size? I’m still thinking of building that one for our living room because I love the look of it, but I’m concerned about it taking up too much space. What are your thoughts? Thanks! 🙂


    • Ashley on June 20, 2011 at 1:29 am

      Hi Minna,
      This is actually Whitney’s coffee table:) I still have mine in my living room and LOVE it!!! Love Whit’s too but I have carpet so the casters don’t really work for my area:)

  4. Camille on June 18, 2011 at 4:53 am

    I wish you were my next door neighbor and could teach me all your mad skills. I love your creativity.

  5. Andrea . Charcoal and Crayons on June 18, 2011 at 2:00 am

    Looks great and sounds very doable. I can’t wait to see it finished!

  6. The Tall Chick on June 18, 2011 at 1:31 am

    Love it!! Fabulous idea and I can’t wait to see it when it’s finished!

  7. Karissa on June 16, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    I can’t wait to see – I bet it’s fabulous! I was thinking, with the extra depth, I bet it’d be so easy to turn this into a hidden storage area, too!

  8. Ruth on June 16, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    I love it!!! I have been eyeing that same table for a long time. Hubby does not feel the same way.


  9. Chris on June 16, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    I am going to try to wait patiently, until you post again. I am so impressed with what you can do and the amazing designs and outcome.

  10. Jennie {Cinnaberry Suite} on June 16, 2011 at 3:30 am

    SERIOUSLY?! SHUT THE FRONT DOOR! I LOVE this! I want one! Wait… maybe I don’t….I just pictured my 3 boys who are currently having a wrestling match in my Family Room. They were going down the street on my pretty new coffee table that I just built… EEEKKKK! Punks! I’m totally putting this in my file of “some day” it is just way too drool worthy to pass up. Slurp! Can’t wait to see it ALL finished!

  11. emily @ the happy home on June 16, 2011 at 3:08 am

    i love ana! we used her guide to make our kitchen table. i’m jealous of your coffee table! it’ll be gorgeous!

  12. Annie on June 15, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    This looks fantastic – only thing with the black spray paint be careful as I did this once… and the wheels rubbed off on my hardwood floor leaving black marks everywhere 🙁

    This looks so good so far – I am looking forward to seeing it in action!!

  13. kim - kzieglerdesign on June 15, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    thats awesome! ive been trying to design a new coffee table for myself, and the overhang idea totally fixes my problems! yay!

  14. kellyhicks on June 15, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    This is so cool! I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

  15. Heather @ FakeItFrugal on June 15, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    It’s amazing how motivated one can get to work super while a baby is asleep! Amazing progress – can’t wait to see the finished product!

    • Shanty2Chic on June 15, 2011 at 10:42 pm

      Agreed Heather :-)!!

      • Angela on March 23, 2018 at 9:30 pm

        I have had this pin saved for a long time and still can’t seem to get it done with my active 5 yr old and 2 yr…. Can’t you just make it for me?..??

  16. Ashley @ on June 15, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    can’t wait to see it all put together!!! I LOVE this style coffee table!

  17. Jaymee on June 15, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Oh my goodness, I cant wait to see the finished project!!! I am sure it will be beautiful!! Love your blog!

  18. Sarah @ The Birds Papaya on June 15, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Wow! Only you could accomplish that in a naptime! well done! can’t wait to see the end result!

  19. Debi Sizemore on June 15, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    You are awsome! I would love to have your talent,cant wait to see the finished results!

  20. Kelley on June 15, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Excited to see this! You two simply amaze me with what you can accomplish while taking care of your cute kiddos! This mom of one is impressed. 😉

    • Shanty2Chic on June 15, 2011 at 10:43 pm

      Thanks Kelley!!!

  21. Becky on June 15, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Very cool, have to love naptime. I am finishing up the coolest beverage cart and a potting table I made yesterday.

    • Shanty2Chic on June 15, 2011 at 1:54 pm

      Yeah Becky! I want to see them when you are done! Send a link!!

  22. Erin on June 15, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Looks great so far…can’t wait to see it all finished!

    • Shanty2Chic on June 15, 2011 at 1:17 pm

      Thanks so much Erin!!

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