DIY Outdoor Coffee Table

Jenni Ingram
by Jenni Ingram
4 Materials
1 Day

My neighbors built a beautiful new deck last summer, but couldn’t find the right coffee table to fit the space. So, I built one! I love building furniture, it’s a process for sure – and I have a lot to learn, but building something from a few pieces of wood is immensely gratifying. This DIY outdoor coffee table didn’t disappoint!

I took the idea from a table we found on Pinterest and just modified the dimensions to be a coffee table size. The beauty of this build is the simple design, just a combination of 2x4s and 2x6s and that’s it!

I purposely kept the building instructions super simple so minimal tools and supplies were needed to do it.

The top of this table is finished with General Finishes Exterior 450 stain – in Red Mahogany. Then sealed with Exterior 450 in a satin finish – 3 coats will do to really seal this against the elements. 

The base is Antique White Milk Paint. Don’t forget, General Finishes Milk Paint is suited as an exterior paint. Just for a little extra insurance though, I added one coat of Exterior 450 to seal it up.

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Watch me demonstrate how easy this coffee table was to build! You just won't believe it.

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General Finishes Exterior 450 stain – in Red Mahogany
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  • Renata Renata on Aug 28, 2019

    Clkd on the YouTube so I could see how to build the table and couldn't find the video. ???

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