New coffee table for the living room: check. Recognize those metal crates? They are from the Kane Country Flea Market from last month. I got them for $5 each specifically to make a table like this. This was my first time staining wood as well as my first time using polyurethane. (Aww, she's growing up so fast.)
I got this idea while I was on Pinterest a while ago. It's from a great blog called A Beautiful Mess. Once I found the metal milk crates, I knew that it was time to make this project a reality. The full tutorial with lots of pictures and copious explanation about how to make this yourself is after the jump. Enjoy!
First, assemble your supplies. Most of the supplies are pictured below.
Here is what you need:
-two pieces of wood 48"x18"x3/4"
-two metal milk crates
-four castors (two with brakes, two without)
-small can of stain in the color of your choice
-small can of polyurethane in the finish of your choice (I used satin)
-a pack of 10 NM/SE cable two hole straps
-box of at least 25 flat head screws, 3/4" or shorter
-steel wool and sandpaper
-lots of rags
-philips head screwdriver
-foam roller or foam paintbrush
Isn't he so cute!? That's a dad that loves to put polyurethane on wood! So we poured about 1/3 of the polyurethane into a paint tray with a liner in it. Then we used a foam roller to apply the polyurethane on one side of each of the pieces of wood. We only put it on the two surfaces that will show. We left it overnight to dry. Then, with steel wool, sand down the rough, bubbly surface of the polyurethane. Repeat this two more times so you have 3 coats on the wood.
Then it was time to decide how to arrange the metal crates. Here are a few of the options I pondered.
|Alternating directions, in the middle|
|Facing the same direction|
|Alternating directions, all the way at the edge|
It's all done!
Here is a view of the finished product. I love it!
Let's do the price break down:
$60 - 2 pieces of wood 48"x18"x3/4"
$2 - cable straps
$2 - box of 3/4" screws
$10 - 2 metal milk crates
$3 - stain
$3 - polyurethane
$8 - 4 castors
free - steel wool, sandpaper, rags, foam roller and brush (I had all of these things)
Not bad for a coffee table. I was going to try to save on wood, but I loved the plankiness of the wood I bought. It was totally worth it.