DIY Knockoff, How to make a Restoration Hardware coffee table Part 2

The DIY Restoration Hardware coffee table project is now finished! It’s a fairly simple DIY and will definitely get you the look for less. So here’s how to make a Restoration Hardware coffee table.  Part 1 is HERE.

 welded coffee table frame

Part 1 is here. We used angle iron to create the base. It needs to be welded together, so you will need to find someone to do that for you. A friend maybe, or check a metal shop or a welding shop.

This project originally was intended to use pallet wood for the top, but after a lot of work creating that top, it just didn’t cut it. Despite all our efforts, the wood didn’t lay flat and the top looked too thin for the base.

pallet project1

Here’s the pallet wood laid out for the top. I loved the way it looked and was so disappointed that it didn’t work out,


We glued the pallet wood to a piece of plywood.

pallet table top

Next, we weighted it down while the glue dried.

pallet top plywood

This is the old piece of plywood we glued to the back. It fit inside the frame. I was planning on sanding it to make it look better. I didn’t get a picture of how this top looked on the base. Thumbs down  No good. Too thin, not flat, a total failure!   Failure #1.

boards coffee table top

Off to Lowe’s we went to get some new boards for the top. We used 2” x 6’” boards this time. We laid them side by side and used 3 pieces of 1” wood to fasten them together. You can see how those pieces fit inside the frame to keep the top from moving.


We used 3 pieces of 1” wood across the bottom and screwed them in place.

boards coffee table top 2

The top lays on top of the frame, it’s not fastened to the frame. The 1” boards fit inside the frame.

 staining top

Now it was time to get to work on finishing the wood. I started by sanding, then stained the top with a gray stain. I used a practice board to get an idea of how the stain would look and ended up adding water to the water based stain to make it lighter.

When we took the top inside, it was way too dark! Failure #2. I ended up sanding, sanding and sanding off a lot of the stain to get the look I saw in my mind.

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Here it is all finished and in the family room!

 3 family room coffee table. restoration hardware knockoff

Before I stained the top, I beat it up with a hammer and whatever I could find to add dings and scrapes in the wood.

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I like it!

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What do ya think? Here’s my DIY version.

coffee table. restoration hardware knockoff

Here’s the original.


It’s longer and looks lower but our DIY version costs MUCH less! Here’s the cost breakdown.

The original $1500-2000 depending on the size!

Our DIY version, angle iron $114.

welding, $80.

wood for top, $25

total  $219.00

$219.00 verses $1500.00

I’ll take the DIY version any day! Hope you like our version.

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Thanks for visiting! Debbie (((xx)))

21 thoughts on “DIY Knockoff, How to make a Restoration Hardware coffee table Part 2

  1. Thanks for including all the fails. It makes it real! And it makes the result mean all that much more. It looks great.

  2. What a GREAT table and LOOK at how similar it looks to the $1500. one. Love it. Hope you are having a great evening- xo Diana

  3. very nice! I loke your taller version much better, much more suited for family living. Thanks for sharing the diy…;j

  4. Debbie, I love it! I’m so loving Restoration Hardware right now. What I don’t like is their prices. What a great tutorial!!

  5. Hi, Debbie

    I love your blog and live in Hershey – I think you worked with my brother-in-law Eric.
    I was wondering if it’s ok if I re-pin some of your great Mt. Gretna pictures on Pineterest?


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  7. If I were to go back to China you know what my real reason would be? piukmn yummy yum yum, good bubble tea, and juice lady! and fried banana and condensed milk. and random instrument sellers on the corner. oh yeah. and you.

  8. WOW, this looks faboulous. I do love the look you have given to the wood. How did you sand it to get it to look this way?

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