This is my most FAVORITE build to date!  I say that a lot but I mean it every time!

DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Coffee Table

It all started when I fell madly in LOVE with an adorable coffee table that I found while scouring through a furniture catalog.

Love at first sight Winking smile  It came with an $899 price tag!  Ouch!  So, you know the story….I asked our sweet friend Ana to design something similar!

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This is our version with a price tag of $200 including the hardware!  It still makes me giddySmile

You can check out Ana’s plans HERE!  I have also shared my step-by-step pictures to help you as you build your own!

Ryobi Drill

First step is to build the frame.  I used Gorilla Glue wood glue to join every board and my FAVORITE cordless drill!


Rip Cut

For the plywood I chose PureBond Hardwood Plywood in birch!  It is always our go-to choice for Plywood because it is formaldehyde-free, it is made with wood from sustainable forests, it gives the look of solid hard wood and it is BEAUTIFUL!  Not only does my table look better because of the PureBond, it is not harmful to the air my family and I breath!  You can find out more about PureBond and learn why Whitney and I took the PureBond Pledge in this short video!




Kreg Jig

I could not have built this beauty so well without my Kreg Jig pocket hole system or my Kreg Jig Rip Cut!


Ryobi Brad Nailer

I used my brad nailer and Gorilla Glue wood glue to attach the runners for the drawer slides.


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As you can see, the frame is assembled now and there are runners for the drawers slides on the inside panels.  The finished product may look intimidating but if you take it one step at a time and have the right tools it is a piece of cake!


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The drawer assembly was just as easy.  I used my Kreg Jig for the frame and my brad nailer to attach the bottom.



Rough fit of the drawersSmile


drawer faces

I attached the drawer faces with my Ryobi brad nailer and Gorilla Glue wood glue.


top with pocket holes

I used my Kreg Jig and my cordless drill to construct the planked top.


secure top

To attach the top to the base, I pre-drilled from the under-side into the planked top using 2 1/2” wood screws.  I also secured with Gorilla Glue wood glue.  This baby isn’t going anywhereWinking smile


before staining

Now for the stain!

Rust-Oleum Dark Walnut

I went with a favorite, Dark Walnut stain.  Apply with a foam brush and wipe with a cloth after 5 minutes.




I followed up with Polyurethane in satin to protect the finish!  Brush on with a bristle brush one time.

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I bought the pulls and 2 1/2” casters at Home Depot and the awesome card holders on Amazon.  HERE
is the link to the exact card holders I purchased.  They are the PERFECT size and took about a week to come in.


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I could not be any happier with itSmile  It is the perfect addition to our living room.  ***I did not purchase locking casters because it does not roll freely on my rug however, you can purchase them if you are concerned about it rolling***


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Speaking of rug….I got a great deal on this sea grass rug over at


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Thanks so much for stopping by!

~AshleyWinking smile

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  1. Drawer slides. Seldom, if ever, does anyone detail installing the drawer slides. They just are magically installed in the finished photos.

    1. Hi Butch,

      I have installed drawer slides many times and have documented them here:
      I also installed the pulls and card tags even though they were not photographed. If you need advice on how to install them these links will be helpful:)

      Sent from my iPad

  2. What type of wood did you use? I see that you used birch plywood for the sides, but can’t tell what the other lumber is. Looks amazing!

  3. Hello Shanty 2 Chic! I came across your site for the first time today and OH.MY.GOODNESS. I am hooked! Your projects are incredible and inspiring and I literally just added a Kreg Jig pocket hole system to my Christmas list so I can jump on board the build-your-own-furniture bandwagon. I’ve been DIYing small projects for a while now but never furniture because it seemed so daunting… but you make it seem possible!

  4. I swear I posted yesterday, but I don’t see it. Anyhoo…Amazing, I like your version even more than the original. I am very tempted to give this a try! It appears that there are drawers on both sides, is that right?

    Awesome piece…beautiful job!

  5. Honestly, I think yours looks a lot better than the Pottery barn one. Maybe it is because you did the top to match? I don’t know but I really love the way yours turned out! I am really contemplating putting this on hubby’s to do list because the kids can have one side for their little toys and we can still have the other for magazines and such. My kids are still little so we have toys EVERYWHERE!! This would be awesome for all the little Lego pieces while still looking awesome!!!

    1. Great idea Shannon! The drawers give a ton of storage space and would be perfect for hiding toys:)))). Thank you so much!

  6. That might be my favorite too. anything with caster wheels looks good! great job
    🙂 Laura from LifeWeLive4