Even if I was a millionaire, there’s one thing I wouldn’t forego. And that’s DIY projects for the home. Yes, the luxury of pointing and paying is very tempting. But to see a piece in my home that I know I created with my own hands? It’s an exhilarating sensation. What’s more, once you’ve passed the threshold of trial and error, the next project doesn’t seem as intimidating.
So my story of the coffee table hunt began long long ago. In a far off land– totally kidding– unless you’re still wondering if Delaware is a country. (It’s the first state of the U.S., if you are)! But yes, since my children have grown beyond wobbling footsteps and the toddler stage, I had this itch to find the “right” center-piece for my living room. Ideally, I wanted something big, chunky, modern, and – you guessed it – affordable.
Lo and behold, unless it was a piece of cardboard, nothing in the market ran under the $800 range. And my eyes were searching for good looks and great quality. When all else failed I mustered up the courage to look for a DIY coffee table tutorial online. I had already re-purposed a coffee table I’d bought for $30 a year before (I’ll share that post soon). So, I knew I wasn’t just jumping into completely uncharted waters.
After some research, I stumbled upon a tutorial that resulted in a style that I loved. It also required tools I already had on-hand; saving me a larger than necessary investment. As for slicing and dicing wood planks, lacking a miter saw, I had the guys at the hardware store cut them to size (and the service didn’t cost me a cent!). I chose Early American stain by Minwax, to offset all the dark wood tones that I had going in my living room. I finished off the entire table with semi-gloss polyurethane for protection and an extra smooth feel.
Although my finished project differs slightly from the table Shanty-2-Chic produced, I really like this particular DIY because I was able to personalize it. The directions are downloadable & printable, which is convenient when your drilling away in your garage.
If you’re ready to invest some elbow-grease and save a good-chunk-of-change along the way, I really recommend you follow the steps offered by Shanty-2-Chic exactly to get the best results. I used a hand-saw to angle the leg pieces, but I do recommend using a miter saw (borrow or rent one, if you don’t own it). This is the reason, I didn’t add braces to the bottom of the legs.
In the end I have a great piece that has not only pulled together it’s surroundings, but also reinforced my creative aptitude!