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Must-See DIY Coffee Tables

Craft a coffee table that reflects both your style and your do-it-yourself ingenuity with these inspiring ideas.

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Birch-Log Coffee Table

Love the natural look? Get outdoorsy style for way less than catalog prices. This rustic DIY coffee table requires just a few basic tools, materials like birch wood, casters, and plywood, and a weekend to get it done.

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Nailhead Trim Coffee Table

It's easy to upgrade a thrift store or flea market find. Paint a secondhand coffee table a fresh shade before lining the edges with nailhead trim. Rather than pounding in individual nailheads, add nailhead trim purchased on a roll. Simply hold the trim along the edge of the table and tap finishing nails into the roll's predrilled holes.

Storage-Savvy Coffee Table

Make a modern coffee table that multitasks! A hinge-top table with deep storage compartments camouflages bulky or unattractive items, while sectioned chambers keep pieces from shuffling. Plus, its melamine construction makes it a breeze to clean.

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Two Are Better Than One

Matching side tables to spare? Give them a facelift with a matte black surface and sparkling gold legs. Gold works like a warm neutral color, enhancing nearly any decor or palette, while a gold leaf kit gives the high-end look of real metal for less. Use the shimmering application to emphasize the legs of your spare side tables, then pair them in front of your sofa for a party-ready coffee table that can be rearranged to fit the needs of guests.

Crate Coffee Table

Increase the storage capacity of your coffee table by revamping old wooden crates. Six crates built onto MDF create a simple yet sturdy coffee table in no time. Give the entire display a distressed finish with semigloss paint before finishing with industrial casters.

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On a Roll Coffee Table

A storage-savvy coffee table is born of inexpensive retail pieces. Cut the legs of a small side table to about 6 inches, then screw the bottoms of the legs into the top of a 3- or 4-inch-thick piece of hardwood. Paint the piece your desired colors, then attach colorful casters for mobility. 

New Meets Old Coffee Table

To fashion storage benches from salvaged wood crates, add padded lift-off lids and casters. These versatile benches can be grouped as a coffee table or rolled wherever they're needed for extra seating. 

Stacked Coffee Table

This storage-packed coffee table is fashioned from four drawer units (two on each side) and three wood tops. Stack the pieces, subtly offsetting the tops, and secure them together. Heavy-duty casters allow the table to be moved easily.

Outdoor Coffee Table

A piece of maple plywood makes the perfect tabletop for a thrifted metal base. Cut, stain, and stencil the plywood with three large flowers. Several coats of spar varnish protect the outdoor coffee table design from the elements.

Personalized Coffee Table

Enlist kitchen cabinets to help hide family room clutter. To craft this coffee table, place two cast-off kitchen cabinets (the size that fits above a fridge) side by side, screw them together, then paint them white. Cut a top from MDF, paint, and apply several coats of polyurethane. To bring the table to the correct height, construct a 4-inch-high base from MDF. Give the base a warm, rich look by facing it with cherry veneer. Finish by adding charming new knobs to each door.

Round Coffee Table

Two circular pieces of MDF sandwich joined rectangular boards to create this coffee table with cubbies at every turn. Casters mean you can roll it out of the way or even to another room. It can also serve as an ottoman: Pad the top and cover with fabric before securing the top to the base.

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