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DIY Industrial Cart Coffee Table

I started drinking coffee at the young age of 11 while we were living in the cold country of Romania. It was just about the only hot drink available to us, but I haven’t looked back since. I love coffee! So, it stands to reason that I love coffee tables. These are the most creative and functional element in living rooms all across the world. They can be as subdued or fantastical as a person desires as they take center stage.
I won’t bore you with the story of our $35 garage sale pick up that filled the place of a coffee table for the first year of living in this house, but just know, it wasn’t all that great. It did its job and looked alright, I guess, but it didn’t have the statement or wow factor I was looking for. So, I decided to make one. I’m loving the industrial/farmhouse look that is becoming so popular in home, so when I saw Shanty 2 Chic’s tutorial for this one, I had to make it.
This is just a brief description of the steps you'll take to make this project. The full tutorial is available at the original blog post at www.charmingimperfections.com.
Time: 6 Hours Cost: $110 Difficulty: Easy
Cut List:
Two 2x8x8’ cut into four 45” sections (table top)
Two 2x6x8’ cut into two 48” sections and two 29” sections (skirt)
2x4x10’ cut into four 29” sections
Once your pocket holes are drilled, get that handy clamp that came with your Kreg Jig and start fusing the table top boards together. Is there anything more satisfying than a pocket hole screw sinking into place perfectly?
Next, attach the skirt to the top by starting with the long side. Make sure you leave 2 inches of space on both ends of the table.
Then, add the short side of the skirt. A right angle clamp would have been useful for this project, but I didn’t have one.
Once you get your wheels take a moment to revel in the sheer awesomeness of them…at least, that’s what I did. Then, take them outside to give them a lovely black coat using Rustoleum black glossy finish spray paint.
Now you can add those 2x4s with pocket holes and go ahead and attach the wheels.
At this point, I sanded over the stained surface of the top to give it a distressed look and to try to lighten up the color of the stain which I let sit too long before wiping away. I also took a hammer to the surface for some added character.
I’ve had this table in our living room for about a week and I still have to give a little squeal of excitement when I walk into the room. It’s stunning and ridiculously functional. I hadn’t even thought of the fact that because I can wheel it around, I can now vacuum underneath it with ease! It’s so easy to move that even my 18 month old can do it.

To see more: http://charmingimperfections.com/2015/07/diy-industrial-cart-coffee-table.html

Ask the creator about this project

  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Jul 9, 2015

    Wow this is gorgeous. You did a stunning job. Love the wheels.

  • Cathy Kirkman
    Cathy Kirkman Eden, NC
    on Jul 9, 2015

    I too love the wheels. Nice job.

  • Momisthemom
    Momisthemom Dacula, GA
    on Jul 9, 2015

    Where to get the wheels?

  • Katrina Warren
    Katrina Warren Levelland, TX
    on Jul 9, 2015

    @Rebekah @ Charming Imperfections Love your coffee table, great job! Where did you find the cast iron wheels?

  • Jeannette
    Jeannette Sebastian, FL
    on Jul 9, 2015

    Way cool

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