How to Make a Coffee Table
By Kathy Wilson
Recently I decided I wanted to update my family room with a new
coffee table. However, rather than spend hundreds of dollars, I chose
to make a coffee table from inexpensive items I picked up from a home
improvement store. The same coffee table could also be made from
recycled items. Here's how to make a coffee table!
Step One: Choose the top of your table. I picked up an unfinished
pine round at the home improvement store for $30. You could also use
old shutters or a small antique door, or even an old ladder topped
with glass. Use your imagination for a creative coffee table!
Step Two: Choose legs for the table and the appropriate hardware to
attach them. Again, I just picked up screw in turned legs you can buy
at the home improvement store, and attached them with simple and
inexpensive brackets sold right next to the legs. The brackets are
attached to the bottom of the table top with screws, and then just
screw the legs into the brackets. Make sure you measure and mark
where you want each leg to go before you attach the brackets. Also,
take care to screw the legs in straight.
Step Three: Finish the table as desired. I painted my coffee table
black enamel, and then finished with several coats of water based
polyurethane for durability.
Designer look coffee table at a fraction of the price! No power tools
required. If you wanted to use a precut wood round from the home
improvement store like I did, but would like to cut costs, here's an
idea. Instead of the finished piece I bought, pick up a pressboard
round and then decoupage it with pretty paper to cover. Paint the
legs, and then seal the entire piece with polyurethane to protect.
There you go, great directions on how to make a coffee table easily,
quickly and cheaply! Remember, no matter how tight your budget, you
can decorate your home with The Budget Decorator!
Kathy Wilson is a home and garden writer, author and consultant and
is the home decorating expert for LifetimeTV.com. Visit her for more
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