Coffee Table Reveal and tutorial!

Thank you for letting me know your thoughts on what our coffee table should look like. To be honest, I liked the West Elm cushioned one better aesthetically, but needed to be functional to hold Wells my stuff. I am blaming it on Wells, but the truth is I like to stash stuff so that on the outside things look organized and are not so clean on the inside. I think I just let out a secret.

To remind you, this is the RH one we really liked.

Here is our finished product

Now here are the steps we took.

Step 1: Cut all of the wood. We got the plans as always from the trusted Ana-White website. I would follow her plans and measurements. This is just showing you what we did. We usually take her designs when we are creating from scratch and then we modify for our taste. That is what we did here. I will point out what we changed.

Step 2: Organize your pieces so they are easy to access!

Step 3: We put the frame for the top together. First time using the Kreg Jig. Very fun little device!

Step 4: Add the top pieces.

Step 5: We then made the sides. No picture sorry!

Step 6: We pre-stained the pieces before we put them together. Whenever we use pine, we pre-stain it so that it takes the real stain evenly.

Step 7: We used Minwax Grey stain. 

Step 8: We made the box. This is where we changed it up a little bit. They used one long piece of wood on each side. Because we really wanted it to look like the RH piece, we decided to cut out two sides for each and add a smaller piece in the middle and attached the 3 on the inside. Sorry this wasn’t documented.

Step 9: I cut out numbers I liked and then penciled around them. Then we took dark grey paint and filled in the lines.

Jack is so helpful!

Step 10: We waxed the whole piece with regular furniture wax.

Step 11: I cut out a piece of wrapping paper and modge podged the inside. I thought it made it look better than the ply board on the bottom and is fun! The paper is from Paper Source.

Step 12: I then took dark wax stain and went over the piece. I used steel wool to apply for the first time. LOVE IT! I put more on areas where it would look like people touched it a lot.

Here is the finished product!

Here is what the living room used to look. We changed out the couch, the coffee table and rug so far. I like this look too, but I like the new one better 🙂

Thus we went with the Restoration Hardware one. It is funny though because we went to Salvation Army yesterday and found an ottoman exactly like the West Elm one. It just needs to be re-covered! More on that later!

What d’ya think?

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  • Beautiful Meg! I can’t believe how much your finished product looks like the original.

    September 7, 2012 at 1:16 am
  • Unbelievable! I so love this piece – wow you guys are really talented!
    Your newest follower – would love to have you follow back when you have the time!

    September 7, 2012 at 4:27 pm
    • Thanks Suzan! Just followed your blog, love your stuff!

      September 7, 2012 at 7:10 pm
  • Incredible! I didn’t know about grey stain!!! I’m going to buy some right away! You guys did a great job! It all looks awesome!

    September 7, 2012 at 5:58 pm
    • Just checked out your blog. You have done some beautiful stuff!!

      September 7, 2012 at 7:09 pm
  • would hardly know your’s wasn’t West Elm. You guys did a great job. Featuring this on my weekly wow’s tomorrow ( Sat).

    September 8, 2012 at 12:31 am
    • I’m so glad you commented. Just went to your blog and absolutely love EVERYTHING! Can’t wait to read about it 🙂 Have a great weekend!

      September 8, 2012 at 12:39 am
  • Oooh, it’s beautiful! I love the gray stain. I can’t believe you made that! It looks so perfect. Great job!

    September 8, 2012 at 4:09 am
  • I love the new coffee table! You did a beautiful job at re-creating it. Although I do have a question, what did you do with your old coffee table?

    September 11, 2012 at 2:03 am
  • Thanks! We sold it on Craigslist. It was such a COOL table. It was sad to see it go, but we love our new one 🙂

    September 11, 2012 at 3:26 am
  • Wow. This is gorgeous!! Am totally impressed with your wood skills. Must follow your blog.

    September 14, 2012 at 5:42 pm
  • How crafty are you?!? Love the coffee table! I found you through The Shabby Nest and I am now a New Follower!! Come visit me sometime!

    September 16, 2012 at 2:27 pm

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