Ohhh guys. I’ve been sifting through TONS of farmhouse inspiration photos looking for the perfect pieces and things to add to our home. I came across this photo from Fixer Upper. I mean, all of those photos are inspiration for sure, but this one stopped me in my tracks. First off, the chairs are a similar style to the ones that I will be adding into my own living room, and at one point I was going to have that amazing mid century modern dresser with hair pin legs as my TV stand. Those pieces are usually completely different styles, so when I came across this photo I was soo excited! I was nervous about mixing those styles, but once I saw this, I knew it would all work out! I fell in love with the coffee table in this space as well, but I didn’t want to let myself think about it too much because I knew that it would be out of my small budget! Well, I was so wrong about that!
After more and more researching, I found plans from Ana White and The Created Home to make my own! Seriously?! I read through the build plans a few times and even though I was a bit intimidated by making a drawer, I knew this was the only way to get my dream coffee table.
Here’s the kicker, the wood / supplies came in at just under $100. The paint and stain we had on hand already. That makes this coffee table way more affordable than the inspiration at Restoration Hardware for $1200! Wahoo!
The only difference we made to the original plans was to make one large drawer instead of 2. I need as much hidden storage as possible with a 2 year old, her toys, and another little one on the way. With one big drawer I will have room for the bigger toys that usually have to stay out because they are too big for regular drawers.
Here’s the tools I used: (Brands and certain models may vary from what we actually have and use, but these are pretty similar.)
Chop Saw – If you don’t have one, ask the workers at Home Depot to cut your wood for you.
Circular Saw or Table Saw – Or have the HD workers cut the wood for you.
Brad Nail Gun
We purchased the same wood that was listed on Ana White’s plan, with the exception of the wood for the drawers. Instead we purchased:
(2) 1×12 x 6′ for the drawer body – we did have to rip them down to 10.5″ wide to fit into the drawer opening. Cut these to (2) 1×10-1/2″ @ 43-1/4″ and (2) 1×10-1/2″ @ 23 -1/2″.
(3) 1×3 x 8′ for the drawer faces cut to (6) 1 x 3 @ 44-3/4″
(2) 1×2 x 8′ for the drawer faces cut to (4) 1 x 2 @ 44-3/4″
We kept the plywood for the bottom the same, but only needed one instead of two.
All together it took me about 6 hours to cut and build, between a few days of working during nap time. 😉
I cut the wood to the body of the coffee table, drilled the kreg jig holes and then sanded every piece of wood smooth. Then with the help of my husband, we attached all of the pieces of wood, as well as the metal angles, just like in the plans
Once the body was build, I cut the wood for the drawers, making sure the sizes would fit into the opening. Then drilled the kreg jig holes and sanded everything down. Once again I needed some extra hands to hold the wood while I screwed everything together.
This is where I had a harder time as I hadn’t ever build a drawer before. It’s super important to make sure the drawer is square and not crooked as the drawer won’t work properly if it’s off. We used the square to make sure it was squared up and kept checking for square as we used the brad nailer to attach the bottom to the drawer. This held it in place, and then we completely tightened up the kreg jig screws on the drawer.
I made sure the drawer worked, and then went ahead and nailed on the drawer fronts. I nailed on the top and bottom pieces first, making sure that they were the right distance to fit into the drawer opening, but not overhanging past the bottom of the drawer (this would keep the drawer from being able to open on either side of the table). To make sure each drawer front was the same distance from the next (the plans call for 1/8″ space on all sides of each drawer front) I placed my square in between each piece of wood. My square is pretty close to 1/8″ thick, so this worked nicely. I also made sure to not nail where the hardware would go. Looking back, I shoud have drilled the holes for the hardware before nailing on the boards, just to make sure I didn’t nail right where a screw was going to go. Thankfully it worked out fine without doing it that way though.
It ended up being a lot easier than I thought it would be! And I just might have done a little happy dance or two after it was all build.
Since I’m going for a light bright feel in our living room, I decided against the straight up stained wood for the coffee table and went with a white weathered wood finish. I’m so glad I did because the finish is Ah-mazing!
For the finish I used:
I love the look of the dark walnut and weathered wood stain mixed. It’s probably a 75% weathered gray stain to 25% dark walnut mix. But, I bet you would achieve the same look overall weathered wood finish with straight up dark walnut stain.
First I mixed up a batch of Weathered Gray and Dark Walnut stain using the 75/25 ratio. Honestly, I didn’t measure, I just eye ball it. Working in sections, I brushed on the stain, making sure it got into all of the cracks and knots, and then wiped off the excess stain with the lint free rag. I let it dry overnight before moving on.
For the next step, I made up some whitewash by mixing some water with my white latex paint. Once again I didn’t measure but it was probably around a 30% water / 70% paint mix. I brushed the whitewash on, and wiped it off with a lint free rag. I suppose I could have left it to soak in more, but I really wanted to be able to see some of the wood grain under the whitewash. Thankfully it only took two coats of whitewash before I was happy with the coverage.
I let the whitewash dry completely, and then took some 220 grit sandpaper and heavily sanded down the whitewash to bring out the wood grain underneath. This is the most important step of all to bring out all the weathered wood goodness!
After wiping all the dust off, I sprayed on 3 coats of Varethane Polyurethane to seal in the white goodness and give it extra durability.
Learn ALL of my tips and tricks on How to Spray Polyurethane here!
As for the hardware, we used these cup pulls. The only downside is that they take metric screws instead of standard screws. But we were able to find these 1-3/4″ (45 mm)screws in the right size to fit onto this coffee table.
I couldn’t be happier with the finished product! It will be perfect for our living room, give us so much extra storage and add that finishing touch that we were looking for! Once everything is put together I’ll take photos and share!
And as always, if you loved this tutorial, pin it for later or to share with your friends! We very much appreciate it!
Hope you had a great Labor Day weekend!
P.S. Last weekend we drove an hour away to go to a yard sale with tons of junky old things. I’m so glad we did! We picked up this amazing rusty scale there for super cheap, along with a few other finds! Now I’m wondering if I should make the trip and go back again!