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.
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.
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.
Next, we weighted it down while the glue dried.
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. No good. Too thin, not flat, a total failure! Failure #1.
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.
The top lays on top of the frame, it’s not fastened to the frame. The 1” boards fit inside the frame.
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.
Here it is all finished and in the family room!
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.
I like it!
What do ya think? Here’s my DIY version.
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.
wood for top, $25
$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)))