DIY Farmhouse Coffee Table
A guide with building instructions and a cut list for building a simple DIY farmhouse coffee table. This coffee table is perfect for a family with kids and a budget.
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We’ve been wanting to replace our coffee table for a while now, especially after we caught our daughter climbing our old glass-topped table. Since we already have one wild child and are about to add another one to our household, this is not the time to spend a bunch of money on a new coffee table. Instead, we decided to recycle a bit of the existing table to create a DIY farmhouse coffee table. Our new table is really simple, but it’s much better for our living space and growing family.
Deciding on a Coffee Table Design
When we decided to build the new table I knew that I wanted something rectangular rather than square. I wanted it to feel more symmetrical with our sectional. I used the edges of the sectional cushions to measure out the dimensions for Jesse. To keep things simple, we decided to keep the table about the same height by recycling the legs on our existing coffee table. This meant that Jesse only had to construct a new apron and tabletop versus building the whole thing from scratch. The dimensions for the new DIY farmhouse coffee table are 47″ x 33″ x 16 3/4″.
Once all of the cuts were made Jesse stained the tabletop using Minwax Dark Walnut stain. This is my favorite stain. In case you couldn’t tell, since it’s the same as what’s on our dining table, the console shelf behind the couch, and our nightstands upstairs. I’m just obsessed with it! For the legs and apron, I opted for Olympic Faint Flicker. It’s the same soft gray that is on the walls behind the sectional. I contemplated using white, but I didn’t want the coffee table to match the dining table perfectly or blend too much with the large white tv stand. The top was sealed with a few coats of polyurethane to keep it protected from scratches and spills.
Jesse assembled the DIY farmhouse coffee table using pocket holes made with our Kreg Jig. This tool has been the absolute BEST for all of our furniture projects. It keeps all of the screws hidden and makes for a much cleaner, more professional-looking piece of furniture. There are also brackets that keep the legs attached. This makes removing the legs super easy in case the table ever needs to be stored away or during a move.
I’m absolutely IN LOVE with how this DIY farmhouse coffee table turned out!
I was ready for a change in our living room and a new piece of furniture is the perfect kind of change. The only sad thing is now we have to babyproof it now that I’ve taken a few photos, but it’s a necessary eyesore. Speaking of eyesores, I 100% know that we have to add foam bumpers because approximately 5 minutes after moving this thing into the living room Mara fell and hit her eyebrow on one of the edges. Girl plays rough, so it’s better safe than sorry.
I’m looking forward to the time spent around this table as a family, watching tv together, coloring, doing puzzles and eating charcuterie, and drinking wine (the kiddos aren’t involved for that last one). More immediately, I’m also super excited to have a place to put my feet up! We’ve been without a coffee table since February! Jesse started building it when we had a few really warm days, then it got too cold for him to finish sealing it with poly. Finally, last week we had warm enough temps again for him to finish it! Add the weather to the long list of reasons why we are the slowest DIYers ever.
One day I’d love to invest in a nice round table, but this DIY farmhouse coffee table is perfect for us now. It will see lots of wear and tear from our kiddos, but it’s sturdy and can survive. Having expensive, non-DIY furniture is for after kids right?
DIY Farmhouse Coffee Table Materials and Cut List
- 5 – 1×6 – 8 ft. long
- 2 – 2×2 – 3 ft. long (These will be the table legs. Ours were recycled from our old coffee table and are exactly 2×2)
- 1 – 1×2 – 4 ft. long
- 14 – 1 1/4 pocket hole screws
- 6 – 1 1/4 screws
- 4 metal table leg corner plates (We recycled these from our old table as well, but these are similar to what we used)
- 6- 1×6 @ 47″ (tabletop boards)
- 2- 1×6 @ 27.5″ (apron width)
- 2- 1×6 @ 41.5″ (apron length)
- 4- 2×2 @16″ (legs)
- 1- 1×2 @30″ (support beam)
DIY Farmhouse Coffee Table Assembly
This was a very simple build. Jesse simply attached the legs to the apron pieces using the corner plates from our previous table to create the bottom structure. Then, using a Kreg Jig (If you don’t have one, get one! It changes the game when building furniture.), he drilled pocket holes in each of the tabletop boards to attach them to the apron. There are 2 pocket holes under each tabletop board at either end. Since the pocket holes are drilled from under the table, so there are no visible screws. Woo! This picture is from our nightstand DIY, but it’s a good illustration of what a pocket hole looks like:
The 1×2 is attached to the center of the underside of the table for added support and stability. It’s attached using pocket holes at either end and 6 1 1/4 screws, one for each tabletop board.
This DIY farmhouse coffee table was so simple to build and it really looks fantastic in our space. It’s the perfect spot for building with LEGO, eating snacks, and putting my feet up after a long day!