Recently I was inspired on Pinterest (who isn’t?  and if you aren’t a pinner yet, go get your invite!  SO much “PINspiration!”) when I found a crate coffee table.  Yes.  A coffee table made out of those pine wood crates   at Joann that I’ve never known what to do with.  I always thought, “hmmm” but never sprouted an idea of my own.  Then I found this little cutie pie here: Vintage Wine Crate Coffee Table from DIY Vintage Chic.  Girl, you are a true artist!

I knew I needed this table for my family room.  A little storage and something smaller that I could move out of the way when my little ones want to play.  So I embarked on my own DIY crate table journey and enlisted my husband’s help!  Luckily for me, Joann had exactly 4 crates, which is what I needed.   We then bought wood for the table frame and 4 cute little chubby legs.  Where I respect DIY Vintage Chic’s design and her step-by-step process, we did have to figure out a few things on our own and some things in our process are a little different.  For instance, we used legs rather than casters because we couldn’t find any that locked into place and with two kids running around I didn’t want them to get the idea they could push it where they wanted to!  πŸ™‚  Secondly, we skipped the center tray and are just leaving it open.  I made a separate tray to go on top of the table out of two drawers.  Now that’s thinkin’! πŸ™‚  Those before and after pics and my step by step follow at the end of this post.  SO cool.
And here we go!
I started off by lightly sanding and staining my crates in a new color by Minwax-Classic Grey.  I know what you’re thinking, “grey stain???” I just really wanted something that was different from the “typical” stain colors.  It definitely is different and so rad.
Following the second coat of stain, I poly-ed all of the crates.  One coat is all I wanted and because honestly, I didn’t feel like sanding and re-applying another coat.  Obviously, do what makes you happy. πŸ™‚

Next, we made a frame for the bottom, for stability.  This was challenging because neither one of us (me or my hubs) had ever made a table frame before, or any frame for that matter, but I think we both learned a thing or two. πŸ™‚
After the frame was put together it got stained.

I also spray painted these little legs flat black.  NOTE: You will hear me say this entire statement in my posts quite OFTEN:  I LOVE flat black!  It’s my ultimate favorite color.  It covers so well and the mistakes are few and far between.  LOVE…IT.

 Then came time to assemble the crates together.  Personally, I wanted the prettiest sides upward, with the nicest knots showing their beautiful selves. 

Before assembling the frame to the table it had to get it’s feet!
We had to try out several different drill bits before we found the right one to make a “just right” hole for the legs to screw into.  (I swear I did some of the work, it wasn’t just my man.  I just had to be the photographer also. πŸ˜‰


So after the legs, we put the assembled crates on top of the frame and lined it up and screwed it down.  Voile!

NOTE:  Things are not perfect on this table.  The legs were a little too wide to be hidden under the frame and stick out a little which I was totally fine with.  It gives it a different look.  I do not like perfection.  I like imperfection because it makes it uniquely mine.  πŸ™‚
As I mentioned in the beginning of the post, I did not make the center square tray insert that was in the original design by DIY Vintage Chic.  I made my own tray to be placed on the table for extra drink spots.
Here is how I made it:
I took two drawers from a desk top organization “system” that I bought at a flea market for $10.  I had hopes of fixing it up and using it in my craft room, but sadly, it has sat in my garage for several months. πŸ™  SO, I wanted a tray for this table, but did NOT want to buy anything.  One, I’m impatient…two, I didn’t want to spend any more money, and three, I’m impatient. πŸ™‚  

 As you can see, these were cherry wood.  I glued them together with my super glue and after that dried for 24 hours, I used my new air compressor staple/brad gun to nail the center together for extra support.  The glue might have been fine on it’s own, but I had visions of it coming apart while full of glasses of wine and it skerred me.  
 The glue seeped a little so I sanded and was able to easily scrape it off.

 View of the staples in the bottom center that I later primed and painted over.

 I sprayed with primer because I was originally going to spray paint the tray this cool metal color, but decided that flat black would rule the school and go better in my family room.  I do LOVE flat black! πŸ™‚

 Primed…not needed for black, but whatevs…

 After painting came mod podging some extra fun.
After it dried I shellac-ed it.  I dunno why, but I thought it sounded retro and cool and maybe would protect my mod podge the best, plus it made the tray SO shiny! πŸ™‚  

Here it is with some cool coasters I made with white bathroom tiles that I sprayed with that rad metal paint.
I really hope you enjoyed this knock-off-DIY table and my DIY drawer tray. πŸ™‚  
Get inspired today!  You will be amazed at the ideas that pop into your head while you are working on interesting things!
Have a creative day!
~Lori πŸ™‚

11 Replies to “DIY Crate Coffee Table”

  1. Wow, this looks amazing!

    How long did it take you guys to make the coffee table from start to finish(excluding the time it took to make the tray which looks absolutely amazing as well)?

  2. @akwon Thank you so much! It only took us a couple of hours to complete-excluding the staining apply and dry time. Once we had all the right pieces and a few little hiccups here and there :)–things went together pretty quickly.

    Thanks for the comments and for visiting my blog! I hope you come back again to see the current re-upholstery project I'm working on. πŸ™‚

    Take care!

  3. Sure! I got those wood peg legs at Lowe's. They were natural colored and I didn't need to sand them to get the paint to stick. πŸ™‚
    Hope you give this project a try! Let me know if you have any further questions.
    Thanks for visiting my site!

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