DIY Round Farmhouse Coffee Table

9 Materials
4 Hours

I have been looking for a round coffee table for a while now and can not find the size and color I wanted to I decided to DIY it. I bought this old orange-y dining table for $20.
diy round farmhouse coffee table
I really like the shape of the base and the fact that it has the “skirt” around the top.
diy round farmhouse coffee table
Fun fact: the average coffee table is about 16-18 inches. The one we have in our family room now is 19 and it seems to fit well with the new sectional so we’ll stick with that height. The way the top attaches to the base is through 2 different levels of boards which in total measures 4 inches so we only need the actual base itself to be 15 inches.
diy round farmhouse coffee table
We removed the top.  See how the boards are attached?
diy round farmhouse coffee table
We saved all of the pieces to re-attach it.
diy round farmhouse coffee table
We removed two of the legs and used the chop saw to cut it. This required hubby to turn it over a few times to get it cut all the way through.
diy round farmhouse coffee table
It wasn’t perfect but it worked. It’s was a bit uneven so I used my palm sander around the edges to get it level.
diy round farmhouse coffee table
I put that aside and got to stripping the top.
diy round farmhouse coffee table
diy round farmhouse coffee table
I stained the top with a color that was too light and ended up going over it with dark walnut to make it darker but it was still not what I wanted. I sanded it down a bit and went back over it with Honey.

For the bottom and around the “skirt”, I decided to go with a distressed black. I sanded it down with the palm sander to get some of the shine off. I used the same Behr black paint and primer in one in a satin finish that I used on our  dining room hutch. Then roughed up the lines here and there with a 120 sand paper to let some of the wood show through. Then I went over it with the a little stain.  Rustic, farmhouse goodness.

diy round farmhouse coffee table
We put it back together exactly how it was originally attached with the bolts. Here she is in her new home. I LOVE it!
diy round farmhouse coffee table
I think the round shape helps with the flow a bit better as we are walking from the stairs into the family room. Unfortunately, now I notice how much we really need a rug. 
diy round farmhouse coffee table
A bit time consuming but not hard.
diy round farmhouse coffee table
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  • Donna
    on Jul 21, 2018

    A friend of the family has one and I’d love to have one. The only other tables I have seem like this has a family attached and they don’t want to let go of them, which I don’t blame them, I wouldn’t either. If I could find one wonder if you could make something simerly out of a cable spool, may not ever have to lower it. Just put a smooth top on it. Oh well. Just It’s beautiful!!

    • Go to Habitat for Humanity's Re Store for the round table top or a base. They come in there all the time. You will have to cut it down. If you have a base & just need a top go to Lowe's they have different sizes.

  • Sue Druding-Kimball
    on Aug 3, 2018

    What color is the base? I love it

    • Jeanette S
      on Dec 22, 2018

      Colleen, I would never have thought to use a brown stain to tone down the black! Thanks for the tip!!!

  • Mario Rodriguez
    on Dec 22, 2018

    How to make a dinning bench

    • How tall do you need it. Would a 2 drawer or 3 drawer file cabinet work? Dress it up with paint, wood, or paneling, then attach feet to bottom of cabinet. Or, make one from an old bed. The headboard is the back. Footboard is cut in half for the 2 sides. Slats are attached together for the seat. Then the seat is attached to headboard back and sides with L brackets. Legs were bought at Lowes.

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  • Lisa West
    on Dec 29, 2018

    It is wonderful. It really does work with the flow of your living room and new sectional. Very pretty. I like how you did the stain and paint. Thank you for sharing.

  • Donna
    on Dec 30, 2018

    Thank you very much for your help. I’ll keep an eye out for one.

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