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Coffee Table From Crates

It is unbelievable how many furniture stores are literally ripping you off for a coffee table. Seriously, a coffee table? Something so simple and small (most of the time). Here is a stylish, rustic, functional and cheap DIY alternative!
What you'll need:
1. Obviously the first thing to start your project would be to find some wooden crates in good condition and similar sizes. The size of the crates will determine the size of your base and the size of the glass top (if you decide to have any)
2. Paint - I painted them in a natural colour, but you could paint them in a colour that suits your living room best. Use your imagination and don't be afraid to experiment with something bold. This is the current trend now. Paint and varnish.
3. Plywood base and four wheels - this will make it flexible for moving around.
4. Glass for a top. Depending on how stable your table is, you might need to cover it with a glass top - it will add more stability.
5. Adequate instruments and brushes.
Time: 5 Hours Cost: $90 Difficulty: Medium

To see more: http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/111670/coffee-table-from-crates

Ask the creator about this project

  • Sue
    on Feb 24, 2014

    Looks great!!

  • Cindy Moore
    Cindy Moore West Plains, MO
    on Feb 25, 2014

    Fantastic - however I can't think of anywhere to find a crate w/o buying them :(

    • Diane
      Diane Raleigh, NC
      on Feb 26, 2014

      JoAnne Craft Store has them on sale occasionally.

  • Stephanie (Sandpaper & Glue)
    Stephanie (Sandpaper & Glue) Fitchburg, MA
    on Feb 25, 2014

    great idea!

  • Z
    on Feb 26, 2014

    What a great idea Lana! I bet having it on wheels comes in handy too.

    • Z
      on Feb 28, 2014

      I agree @Lana Jane Fox, a little extra work is almost always worth it. If anyone is interested in making one some Home Depots have these crates. They are also available on their website for under $13.00.

  • Wendy
    Wendy Kempner, TX
    on Feb 26, 2014

    I'll be making that coffee table some day. Thanks for pinning Lana.

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