Our living room finally looks complete with the new farmhouse coffee table that my husband just built. Watch the process from start to finish in this DIY video.
farmhouse coffee table DIY plans Video
I have wanted a coffee table in our living room for probably about five years now. You know how it goes, though, life gets in the way of projects, and they just slip right down the priority list.
In the place where a coffee table should usually sit, right in front of the wingback chairs, I positioned a thrifted bench. I covered it with a DIY ruffle bench slipcover, so it was pretty enough, but wasn’t the best place to set a drink or plate.
When the magazines contacted me about doing a photo shoot in our home, they said they wanted a coffee table for the living room. They say they could either
A. Go buy one.
B. Hire us to make one, that we could keep afterward.
Obviously, I chose the latter! This was the very excuse I needed to finally check that project off the list. And now we had a deadline.
When my husband, and his grandpa, built the farmhouse table in our dining room, I found the build plans on Ana White. If you are into making the furniture in your home, or even just trying your hand at small woodworking projects, her site is where its at.
We also used it to build the porch swing on our front porch.
Needless to say, I knew exactly where to turn for coffee table plans.
We settled on the Tryde Coffee Table plans from Ana White. It kind of looks like a mini version of our dining room table. Since our living room and dining room are all in one giant area, I kind of wanted them to have the same vibe.
For both the tables, we used Minwax stain in the color Weathered Oak. It is very light colored, so it shows the wood underneath, and gives it a gray tone. And you all know I love gray!
When my husband and I were building the porch swing, we discovered a little furniture building hack. Instead of borrowing a truck to go down the hardware store to get all the wood, and then lugging it home to make all the cuts, we took the cut list to the hardware store to have them do them.
It takes a little more time up front at the hardware store, but when you get home its all ready to assemble. Plus, all the lumber fit in our minivan, along with the 5 kids.
So, as long as your kids aren’t all at the store with you, and cranky because they didn’t eat dinner yet at 7 pm, its a great option. #notthatimspeakingfromexperience
Farmhouse Coffee Table DIY Plans Materials
For this project we used Douglas Fir lumber from the Home Depot. For our farmhouse dining room table, we used Pine, but Lowes’ saw was down. Since we needed to have them pre-cut everything so we could fit it in our van, we decided the lumber difference wouldn’t be too big of a deal. I can hardly tell they’re different, honestly.
1 – 2×2 8′ length board
1- 2×6 8′ or stud length board
4 – 2x4s 8′ or stud length boards
1 – 4×4 post at least 6′ length
Farmhouse Coffee Table DIY Plans Instructions
- Make all the cuts from the Tryde cofee table plans on Ana White. I recommend having the Home Depot or Lowe’s workers do this when you are still at the store. (Ana White does recommend holding off on cutting the tabletop pieces until the very end, after measuring the assembled table.
- We like to sand all the pieces, with coarse sand paper, prior to assembling, although this step isn’t mentioned in the original plans.
- Assemble the coffee table according to the plans on Ana White. You can also watch us do this in the video above.
- Fill in the screw holes with stainable wood filler. (Alternatively, you could use white wood filler, if you plan to paint your coffee table.
- To sand the table, first go over the piece with coarse sand paper. Next, go over it again with a finer grit sand paper.
- Apply the stain. We applied Minwax Weathered Oak with some drop cloth scraps.
- Finish the table with Matte Polycrylic.
I want to encourage you that you don’t have to be a professional woodworker, or have specialized tools, to make projects like this. We definitely aren’t, yet we have been able to make several DIY furniture builds around our home.
Have you tried building your own farmhouse table, or coffee table? Let me know in the comments below.
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