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I am a firm believer in the importance of a well decorated outdoor living space. After all, it does act as the first impression someone will receive of your home. And if I am being completely honest, my outdoor living space was just not quite up to par. I had decorated it and re-decorated it, but something was just not right. Every little detail and color had been well thought out, except for one… the table.When we first moved in to our home we just ended up using a small table that was left over from the indoor furniture we had. All of our furniture matched with the exception of that table, so outside it went. I guess it just never stopped bothering me that the outdoor space did not flow as nicely as the rest of our home.
I could have gone to IKEA and picked up a cost effective piece of furniture, but part of me knew that I really wanted a custom built, real wood, weather resistant table. I knew that it would cost, as my mother would call it, “a pretty penny” to have someone else build it. And I could not help, but to think “I can make that for cheaper”.
So I did! I built a farmhouse coffee table! So now I am writing a step by step tutorial on how you can build one yourself.
Here is what you will need for your farmhouse coffee table:
– ( 3 ) 2′ long pieces of 1″ x 4″ wood
– ( 4 ) 17″ long pieces of 2″ x 2″ wood
– ( 2 ) 8″ long pieces of 2″ x 2″ wood
– ( 2 ) 20″ long pieces of 2″ x 2″ wood
– Wood Glue
– Drill / Driver
– 2 1/2″ Screws
– 1 1/2″ Screws
– Measuring Tape / Ruler
– Sander / Sand Paper
– Wood Stain
– Paint ( color of your choice )
– UV and Water Resistant Furniture Spray
Step One: Size Really Does Matter!
Figure out how big you want your table to be. For mine, I did not need anything too large. I just needed a small coffee table to bring the whole space together. So I decided on 2′ long by 1′ wide. As for the height, I measured the height of the table that was previously on our patio as well as the height of the coffee table we have in our living room to see what my preference would be. I decided that I wanted 18″.
Step Two: Get Materialistic
I headed straight to Home Depot to buy all of the wood that I would need. I already owned a saw, so I just bought some 1″ x 4″ and 2″ x 2″ studs at 8′ long so that I could just cut it down myself. However, if you do not have a saw, just take the dimensions that I gave you above over to Home Depot and they can cut it down for you! If you choose to have them cut the wood for you though, be sure to measure the thickness of the wood before they cut it, as it may alter the lengths you will need. For example, I wanted my table to be 18″ tall, which means that if the top was made up of 1″ thick wood the legs would need to be 17″ to meet that height. But if the wood for my table top was anything under or over 1″ thick I would have to alter the length of the legs.
Step Three: Top It Off
Once you have all of your wood cut, you are ready to start building. Lay out your three 2′ long pieces of 1″ x 4″ wood, side by side. Take a look at the grain of the wood and see which side of each piece you would like to be the top side. Then place them so that the top sides are all laying face down. Now get your wood glue and glue your three pieces together. Let the glue dry.
Step Four: Drill Away
While wood glue may be surprisingly strong, you will also want to put in a bracing to secure your top together. That is where your two 8″ pieces of 2″ x 2″ wood come in. This also gives the table an apron that adds to the “farmhouse” look of it. To figure out where exactly they should be screwed in, line up one of the legs ( 17″ x 2″ x 2″ ) with a corner of the table top. Once it is lined up, take your pencil and trace the leg. Do the same on all four corners. Now line up you 8″ pieces with your trace marks on the short end of the table top. Now that it is lined up, drill a hole for your 2 1/2″ screws in three places, one screw per piece of wood on the top. Drive in your screws and repeat this process on the opposite side of the table.
Step Five: Rinse and Repeat
Follow the same steps for the bracing on the long sides with your 20″ pieces of 2″ x 2″ wood.
Step 6: Show Off Those Legs
Now it is time to secure the legs. Eventually, they will be screwed in from the top, but first we screw them in from the side to make sure that they stay put when we flip the table right side up. First line up one of the legs, there should be a perfect corner for them where the bracing meets. Find the center of your wood and drill a hole in each leg. Take your 2 1/2″ screws and screw the legs into your short side bracings. Now flip your table over, drill holes from the top into each legs, and screw in your 1 1/2″ screws.
Step 7: Smooth Criminal
Sand your newly built table down to ensure a nice smooth finish.
Step 8: Make It Pretty
Here comes the real fun! First, stain the top of your table. I personally love this part because the grain of the wood really begins to pop while you are staining. Next paint the apron and the legs of your table with the color of your choice. I chose white not only to coincide with my outdoor space but also to give my table that farmhouse look I have been wanting ( definitely channeling my inner Joanna Gaines ). Let it dry!
Step 9: Protect Your Masterpiece
If your table will be places indoors, feel free to skip this step. Since mine was going on our outdoor patio, I made sure to spay it down with weather resistance to make sure it will last me awhile. I want all my hard work to pay off.
Step 10: Enjoy Your Farmhouse Coffee Table!
Do not be afraid to have some fun while decorating on top of your new farmhouse coffee table! Want to know where I got my decor pieces? I picked up that teal placemat and vibrant orange coasters at Cost Plus World Market all for just $10! And the red lantern I got from the clearance section of Target ( aka. Heaven ) for only $1! Here are some other great pieces just waiting for you!
Colorful Placemats for just $10 at Amazon.com
Cute Decorative Lantern for under $10 on Amazon.com