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. icon
A bit time consuming but not hard.
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  • 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?

  • Lor65228637 Lor65228637 on Aug 14, 2022

    LOVE IT! I found a table similar to that except it has claw feet! It is in an old, ricketty shed at an abandoned lot. The top has seen better days on the top surface bc of being exposed to the elements it is streaked with black mold or mildew. I saw it and instantly thought coffee table!should I paint the whole thing or stain the top? And how to disinfect and prep it with all the icky water damage?

  • M Dawes M Dawes on Jul 17, 2023

    In your written description you said, “I used the same Behr black paint and primer in one in a satin finish that I used on our dining room hutch. “

    In your link it was a black satin by Rustoleum, protective enamel?

    Which did you use on the coffee table, and did you add something to give it a more chalky appearance?

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  • Cosette Burke Cosette Burke on Mar 15, 2024

    Love itB

  • Nola Nola on Mar 24, 2024

    My Dad turned a round oak dining table into a coffee table back in the mid 60’s. The base has a crack in it, so he cut it off and made a coffee table.