DIY: Easy Peasy Coffee Tabletop

This DIY is long overdue since I’ve been enjoying my coffee table now for many months. I found this Danish-style coffee table base at a thrift store for 25 dollars. I almost passed on it since the top was missing, but for such a small amount of money, I had to buy it!

I wasn’t quite sure what to do for the tabletop. Should I have glass cut or even have a custom wood tabletop made? My mind was spinning at all of the possibilities. Then my Dad suggested that we just make a wood top ourselves. Well of course we should! So one Saturday morning, we gathered some materials and made a tabletop. It turned out perfectly!

Here are the materials:
Wood Slab
Wood Stain
80-120 Grit Sandpaper
Electric Jigsaw
Safety Glasses
The proper way to draw the curved edges is probably to use a compass. I didn’t have a compass on hand at my parents house so I made two markings on a paint can, then lined those points to the edges of the wood. It worked perfectly! Next, put on those safety glasses and cut the curved edges using a jigsaw.
With sandpaper, smooth the edges and both sides of the wood. Once complete, wipe down the wood with a damp cloth and let dry.
With a brush, paint on the first coat of stain going with the grain. 
Wipe off excess using a cloth. Let first coat dry and then give it a once over with the sandpaper again. Remove any dust with a cloth and then apply second coat of stain.
Once you’re satisfied with the darkness of the stain, sit it outside to let dry. The next day I added 2 coats of polyurethane in a satin finish and let the top completely dry for 48 hours. I then fixed the top to the base with small brass bench anchors.
My new coffee table and I then drove from Louisiana back to Dallas…
and voila! Here’s the lovely table in action.
 Thanks to my Dad for his expert help! xoxo
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  1. says

    Hi there! New reader here. Coming over from the HD style challenge announcement. I love the table top. It looks like it belonged there the entire time!

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