DIY Round Farmhouse Coffee Table

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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.
I really like the shape of the base and the fact that it has the “skirt” around the top.
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.
We removed the top.  See how the boards are attached?
We saved all of the pieces to re-attach it.
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.
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.
I put that aside and got to stripping the top.
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.

We put it back together exactly how it was originally attached with the bolts. Here she is in her new home. I LOVE it!
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. 
A bit time consuming but not hard.
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  • Russell N Audrey Miller Russell N Audrey Miller on Jan 30, 2021

    I must have missed it but, how did you reattach the top to the base??

  • Jeanie Jeanie on Jan 30, 2021

    Since the late 1970s I always wanted to do this. To be able to sit on the floor and have dinner right there on my round coffee table. Well, I waited too long because at almost 73 it's too hard to get up off the floor. Oh, we use to laugh at that "I've fallen and I can't get up". All of us old hippie types are now living with that curse. Just wanted to add that I am no longer a liberal now either. Liberals use to be way cooler and not judgy like they are now. What happened to them?

  • Dorothy Roush Dorothy Roush on Jan 30, 2021

    I have a very old dining room table (rectangular) that belonged to my Grandmother. I can't use it in my dining room, but would love to reduce the size (both the height and the width) and use it somewhere else in my home. I was thinking of possibly just cutting it in half and using it as an occasional table with the cut side against a wall? Anyone have any ideas?


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  • Carol Williams Carol Williams on Jul 18, 2021

    I love this! I have a coffee table like that but I’m not using it right now. I may have to dig it out and paint it like yours!! Great job!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  • Robin Robin on Jul 23, 2021

    This is awesome. We did a similar project but with an actual old dining room table. We removed the top, cut down the base, reattach, sanded, stained, and now I have the coffee table of my dreams. Best of all, the grandkids love it as much as I do. It’s a great place for games, puzzles, and so much more.