Our living room has been craving a coffee table like mad. What we needed was something wooden and sturdy to add a natural feature to the feel of the space. Think Pottery Barn’s Camden Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table. Getting one of those would be a step in the right direction – if you can afford a $700 step, that is.
To no success, I scoured thrift and antique stores for something with a rustic or farmhouse-y look. And then! My mind stumbled upon an old IKEA dining table I used in college, currently in storage up at my parent’s house. It’s the Jokkmokk table, to be exact.
Yikes. It was a bit beat up and certainly pretty useless as a coffee table in its current condition. It’s before status induces an unimpressed MaKayla Maroney moment.
So, we transformed him into this!
First, we chopped the legs off to about a 15 inch height and gave the table a fresh coat of black paint. These steps are optional if you’ve already got a coffee table-sized frame to work with.
Up at Home Depot we picked up eight 1 x 1 x 4’s and had the friendliest associate ever known to man slice them up for us. Seriously, if you’re the manager of that Home Depot and reading this blog (unlikely) give this good man a raise.
With the help of Mom Schultz, we got to work sanding and staining. This was my first time ever staining wood and it is extraordinarily easy. Since this project, I’m always digging around our house for more things to stain.
We applied two coats and allowed to dry over night. The next day, all we needed was a quick sand down of the surface, some construction adhesive ($4 at Lowe’s), and clamps.
We allowed the glue to clamp for about 24 hours before giving him two coats of polyurethane. Now he’s all moved into his new home!
We love it! Here’s a quick before and after.
Our humble little living room has come a long way. To see all the other stuff that’s gone down, check out our new decorative swag, side table swapping, IKEA floor lamps, DIY chevron art, and how I scored a $10 rug from Urban Outfitters.