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Coffee Table Made From Leftover Fence Boards

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I am a DIY addict!!! There, I said it!!! The only problem I can find with that statement though, is that I'm always craving change in my decor and always looking for the 'better piece' of furniture I could make.
With that said, I have had 3 formal living room coffee tables in our new house and we've only been here one year. I couldn't seem to find the right fit.
Time: 1 Days Cost: $60 Difficulty: Medium
  • coffee table made from leftover fence boards, fences, painted furniture
But then I got an idea from Pinterest (of course) I saw what looked like an old reclaimed wood coffee table in a picture about Sherwin Williams paint. So of course there was no info on the piece. But, as I always do, I thought "I could totally make that!!!"
It had gorgeous bun feet and huge black nail heads. So I looked online until I found some nailheads at DIYUpholstrysupply. I ordered them right away!!!
  • coffee table made from leftover fence boards, fences, painted furniture
Next I ordered some gorgeous bun feet from Home Depot. The Pinterest table had gorgeous bun feet.
Next I took 4 pallet boards and multiple fence boards sanded them pretty smooth with first 150 grit, then 220. Then started painting them white. 1 thin coat is all you need. You can use chalk paint or latex it doesn't matter (chalk paint just dries faster).
Next I sanded the paint mostly off, but left some, only enough to see some of the wood grain.
  • coffee table made from leftover fence boards, fences, painted furniture
Next I took my favorite kona stain and coated the board and quickly rubbed it off so it only gave it a grey weathered look
  • coffee table made from leftover fence boards, fences, painted furniture
Next I started assembling it all together
  • coffee table made from leftover fence boards, fences, painted furniture
Trying to make sure I assemble the base the perfect width for the boards I'm prepping.
  • coffee table made from leftover fence boards, fences, painted furniture
As you can see I used a bracing corner bracket to give the corners an industrial look. They come silver and you can get them in the cabinet hardware section of Home Depot. I just spray painted mine with hammered black spray paint.
  • coffee table made from leftover fence boards, fences, painted furniture
Once I started trying to figure out how I wanted the base and the bun feet to look, I realized that it would be WAY too low for me.
  • coffee table made from leftover fence boards, fences, painted furniture
So I picked up these beauties from HD and stained them the same way!
  • coffee table made from leftover fence boards, fences, painted furniture
Once I got it all together, I spent the rest of the evening (and into the early morning.... Cuz you know, I'm obsessed with it) and hand drilled each hole an 8th of an inch so that I could then hammer the nails the rest of the way in with my rubber mallet!
  • coffee table made from leftover fence boards, fences, painted furniture
I used a wood glue on the boards, but the nail heads were actually long enough that they went into the base, making it even more secure.
  • coffee table made from leftover fence boards, fences, painted furniture
And there you have it!!! I've had this table for a year now (which is nearly a century for my time) and I have no interest in changing it what so ever. This is one of the few pieces I'll keep for quite a while!
Below is my HomeTalk live segment featured on Facebook. If you are interested in making this table, this IS the best tutorial. It should answer all your questions for building it. Plus in the comment section, HomeTalk has provided links for the finish tutorial and where to buy the nailheads!
Happy DIYing!!! :)

Materials I used for this project:

  • Cedar fence boards and wood legs   (Home Depot)
  • 1" nail heads   (DIYUpholstrysupply.com)
  • Corner brackets
  • Sherry
    Sherry Canada

    very smart !!!!!

  • Maura White
    Maura White Conesus, NY

    I Love Love LOVE how this turned out!! We had an old fence on our property that my husband took down and threw out the wood (without my knowing before he did it) and I have grieved that ever since!

  • Madison McGahan

    Yes you can still use the fence wood. I believe they are 3" wide and 40" long. I've made several tables exactly like this since I posted this originally, and I've just cut the fence board down the center to use for the brace boards.

  • Sharon Gore
    Sharon Gore Tampa, FL

    Love this...it is my kind of table...too...lol...got some boards...

  • Ellen
    Ellen Mendon, MO

    I have an old barn door that would make a great table like this one.. you have done an amazing job. Very nice indeed..

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