4 X 4 Coffee Table – Hey there! Nina from Everyday Enchanting is here to share our latest build – DIY Slab Coffee Table! We have a lot of work in the works in the 1980s major renovation (some days I feel like
) but one side project is the family room. It’s one of the only rooms in the house where the changes are mostly cosmetic/decorative rather than structural, with the exception of remodeling our fireplace. We used to splurge to fill the room with furniture and decor that we actually wanted, while still being on a tight budget. Last time I posted here I shared the Ikea Hack/Pottery Barn Knock-Off Apothecary Cabinet, and today we’re following the same theme- my Pottery Barn taste on a DIY Budget!
4 X 4 Coffee Table
This is a beautiful reclaimed wood coffee table with metal legs. I like the industrial-meets-rustic design, which is needed in the space to kill the family of women of the fireplace and the silk chairs that are in the way. I love how the black legs play off the black of the hardware on the apothecary. I also love that I can sweep under it! (This is a big deal since our golden retriever Lucy sheds a lot!) So, What
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I know a lot of the reason for the price is undoubtedly the reclaimed pine sides and metal legs. So I started to think about how we can have a discount, using the least amount of equipment. We recently had great success building my mom’s farmhouse table using 2x8s. I think we can get the same result to this table using a combination of 2x8s, 4x4s, and 2x4s. Here’s what we did!
We cut the 2x8s into 4 pieces at 48″. Then we glued and glued the boards together before joining them with two 2x4s cut to 32″. We have received questions in the past about whether we have experienced table cracks with this method (since there is not much room for expansion and contraction) – the best answer is that we have not experienced it regularly, even though we have an old Table 5 built with this method. Even if we do- we love rustic furniture. If you’re happy with the biscuit mix, go ahead and substitute it for this step- but to keep this tutorial “beginner friendly”, we’ll stick with our method… 😉
Next, Mack (my husband) had a great idea to add a layer of thickness by wrapping the table in 2x4s. It will give the same look to the reclaimed wood planks, and hide properly where we joined the legs! We rolled the corners and ran 2x4s through the table tops to give them a straight line. We then glued, clamped, and nailed the 2x4s around the table, taking care to make sure they were flush.
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We chose to use 4x4s cut to 17″ for the “faux metal” legs. We joined them at the top using pieces of wood cut to 3.5 x 26 inches. Then we cut two 2x4s to 19″ and attached them at 4.5″ from the bottom. We used long black nails to connect them, then nailed at an angle from one side to prevent twisting.
I sanded all the parts with 60 grit sandpaper, since the wood is very fine. I then went back to 120 to give the slimmer appeal. We did two coats of Minwax Dark Walnut stain, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Once this was dry, we did two coats of polyurethane throughout the satin.
On the legs we used general stains and polyshades in ebony. It has great coverage and only took two coats!
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After the required drying time, Mack brought the table up and attached the legs to the table using wood screws. Then I enjoyed styling! It’s good to have a coffee table, and especially one that will take the wear and tear that it will definitely get from our kids. Overall, this is an easy and quick job, and it suits the style of the room perfectly. Of course, the fact that it’s only $50 doesn’t hurt!
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