October 22, 2012

The perfect coffee table!

For awhile now Mr.B and I wanted to get a new coffee table. The one we had wasn't necessarily a coffee table it was trunk and it had a lot of storage so that’s why we liked it. However, I was getting sick of looking at it. A couple of weeks ago we re-located it to his office.

I’ve been saying for awhile that we should make one because I wanted a rustic looking coffee table that had a shelf so we could put baskets for the added storage.

While I was perusing on Pinterest I saw this awesome table and lo and behold it was from Ana White so it had plans! I forgot about it for a couple of days and then remembered and showed Mr.B and he’s like print the plans we’ll make it. I died – usually he isn't on board so quick but he loved it too!

We found the plans here and were so pumped to get started. There was also a link on how to finish it – and we loved the finish so we decided we’d give it a try because it was exactly what we were looking for. The tutorial that we got most of our direction from for the finish was here.

We went to Lowe’s to get all of our supplies and while I was at work Mr.B ended up putting the whole thing together – it only took him a couple of hours and he took pictures!

He started by cutting all his pieces according to the plans.

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He used his Kreg Jig so that all the screw holes would be unseen. Here it is lined up and then you just drill a hole while the guides are then and it makes an angled hole for the screws to go into.

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Using the K.J. he made each side of the table. We are really happy how it turned out because it looks so much better not seeing any of the screw holes.

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Here he put both of the sides together and added the top supports. Once he cut everything it was so easy to just be able to put it all together.

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These are some up close shots of the all the screw holes – all hidden underneath.

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After the frame was totally finished he added the bottom boards that make up the shelf. He used the same technique so that the screw holes were underneath.

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This shot is looking down on the table without the top boards on – so we are looking at the bottom shelf. Obviously, once again no screw holes – makes it look like one big piece – AWESOME.

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The next step was to add the “X” detail pieces. He already had them cut out and he screwed them in from the bottom and the top – you won’t see the top screws because the top boards will cover it up. You just have to remember to put the “X” braces in before you put the top on so that you can be hole free.

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Both sides got the detail pieces – and in this picture you can see the holes through the boards on top. He put part of the X together first so that you wouldn't see the screws. Its kind of hard to explain but - one of the short pieces of the x he screwed in from the side of the long piece - and the other short piece he screwed up through the top so the screw is underneath - capiche?

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After that he added the top boards and screwed them in through the bottom. This is exactly what I wanted when I kept telling him I wanted to make a table. I love the look of the boards on top like that and the finishing technique we were going to use was going to make it look like old barn wood. We were so pumped!

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We used white wood because that is what they had at Lowe’s and we were going to be distressing it anyway so we weren’t interested in oak or any other more expensive type of wood.

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The Freckled Redhead- Coffee Table
The Freckled Redhead- Coffee Table
Max was also really excited – so he excited he had to dance on the table.

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The next day Mr.B sanded it down. The main purpose of sanding it down was to get the paint off the boards from the store and to just smooth out the edges and make everything a little bit smoother. The overall finished look is meant to be a little rustic so you don’t need to go crazy with sanding it.

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The Freckled Redhead - X table detail
The Freckled Redhead- Coffee Table
In the meantime were were brewing up a little brew – and making some changes in the living room. Tomorrow I’ll be back to show you how the whole finishing process worked the good, the bad and the ugly.

It is such a heavy duty sturdy piece. We've seen tables like this with metal legs and they are just cheap looking because they're made with particle board. This table won't be getting wobbly or rickety anytime soon and the top won't be warping.

The total cost for the table was around $95 - we purchased the brackets, the wood, the nails, sand paper, and the steel wool. Really it was less than $95 because we had to buy some other stuff like the sandpaper and some other screws.

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