So, I tend have this problem where I make furniture up in my head and actually think it exists. After daysss of research, I realize it 100% does not, which leaves me with custom making a lot of furniture. And by “me” I mean other people after I design what I want it to look like.
As for this DIY wood coffee table top, I was going for a minimal, earthy, black and white interior while designing this room (view full apartment tour here). Scandinavian feeling. I found this coffee table base at CB2 here. The black sofa was low, which meant the coffee table needed to be even lower. *TIP: buy a coffee table that is lower than the sofa seat, or at least the same height. If it’s too high it will cut off the view, feel disproportionate, and drown out the other furniture.* I also wanted to accentuate the height of the ceiling by getting a low coffee table.
The coffee table base came with a glass top. And I hated it. I LOATHEDDD it. It made the entire space feel very “luxe” and ritzy. Not my vibe. The room needed earth elements, and so began the DIY custom wood coffee table top. Materials listed below are to coordinate specifically with this coffee table base from CB2. If you have your own base or legs, you can still use these dimensions or your own.
MATERIALS (found at any hardware/lumber store)
1 1/2” wood screws (12)
2 pieces of 2×8 pine at 48”L sanded
1 piece of 2×6 pine at 48”L sanded
2 pieces of 3/4” plywood at 20”L x 4”W (or any timber as long as it is 3/4″ thick)
plastic drop cloth for floor or outdoor area
old rag & paint brush
Minwax Wood Finish Stain in “Special Walnut #224”
*Ideally this should be done outside because of fumes*
Apply one coat of stain to already sanded wood using paint brush . After one application of stain to the piece of wood, rub stain in with old rag to remove brush strokes or drips. For this coffee table, only one coat of stain was used.
Let the stain on wood dry outside / in well ventilated area over night or for a few hours. No finish was used on this wood. If you want to finish/seal the wood, now is the time.
When dry, lay the two 2×8’s down with the 2×6 in the middle (refer to diagram above). This is going to be the bottom of your coffee table, so choose the wood that you want to be the TOP of your coffee table to display. Lay those face down.
As shown in the example above, place the two pieces of 4×20 ply on either end. Drill two wood screws through the ply into the pine wood. Two screws for each piece of pine, as shown above. You’re done! Flip wood over and place on top of coffee table base.