DIY Rustic Plank Coffee Table

What better way to be productive than build some awesome furniture?! I get so many compliments on my coffee table I figured it was time to share with you all.

DIY Plank Coffee Table - Totally obsessed with this!

When I first moved into my house and started looking at furniture I was completely FLOORED at the price of things like coffee tables. (AHEM – I’m looking at you Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware.)

Literally I wanted to die.

So I was paralyzed with this awesome aluminum scaffold substitute until Bart knocked over said substitute along with my freshly made coffee.

DIY plank coffee table!

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That’s when I knew I had to do something quick. So I scoured Pinterest until I found the perfect match. Enter the Square Plank Coffee Table from Jamison over at the Rogue Engineer.

This thing looked like it came straight out of the PB catalog and for less than $60 in materials it was totally worth a shot.

DIY Plank Coffee Table - Totally obsessed with this!


Jamison’s directions are awesome because he tells you exactly what materials you need (bonus: they all fit in my car!), all the measurements and cuts you need to make and step-by-step diagrams of how to put the whole thing together.

I followed his directions almost to a tee except for two things, I made the legs a little longer so the table would be about an inch higher than his and the finish. Everything else was right by his directions.

For the finish, I oxidized the wood using (this method from Hilary at the Friendly Home.) It cost pennies compared to buying stain, I already had all the ingredients on hand, and I absolutely love the way it came out!

DIY plank coffee table!

Fast forward 24 hours and it was ready for some poly, I used Rust-oleum matte polyurethane . This was the first time I used a matte product and I have to say I’m in love. I hate when some poly’s are shiny and this one hit the mark!

All-in-all, I love the way this table came out. The oxidization added good color variation to get the rustic feel I was looking for. It’s a super solid table that should last me a while and it’s sturdy enough to double as seating when I need it.

Has anyone else tried a DIY project like this?

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