This Reclaimed French Floorboard coffee table from Restoration Hardware is totally the look I wanted in the family room, but at $1500 to $2000, depending on the size, it’s too much for my budget. So if I wanted it, I had to figure out how to turn it into a DIY project.
Making this knockoff wasn’t hard at all after I figured out how to get the frame made. My husband can weld, but doesn’t have his own equipment, but he knows someone who does. So that solved the dilemma of how to get the frame made.
We bought steel angle iron at Lowe’s and I drew up a plan of how I wanted it to look and the dimensions. My DIY knockoff version is 45” long, 22” wide and 18” high. I plan to have the top come over the edges a little.
The welded parts are very well done. I couldn’t wish for it to be any nicer….as for as welds go. To get a nice rusty patina, we left it outside. I finished it off by spraying it with Valspar clear sealer.
A pallet came in handy for the top. I had a hard time using a sawzall to cut it apart so I had to have Bill help. He has much more experience with power tools so it was easy for him. I really struggled and got the blade caught and didn’t even seem to be getting through the nails. I cut a pallet apart before and didn’t have this much trouble. Of course the blade just went through those nails like buttah for him.
I started laying out the top, staggering the boards, so that meant more cutting to get the length I needed. Then we had to stop for the day. It was getting too hot and I had someplace to go so we’ll finish up this project probably on Thursday.
Once it’s in place I’ll show you the room, at last!
Enjoy the holiday!
Thanks for visiting! Debbie (((xx)))