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How to make a coffee table: DIY furniture for your living room

by Susan McKeon 06/13/2022

To stretch your crafting skills while saving money on home decor, consider DIY furniture for your living room. From benches to shelving to accent tables, there are many projects for DIY enthusiasts of all experience levels. Here’s a guide for a new DIY hairpin leg coffee table to get you started:

DIY Furniture materials you’ll need

  • Scrap wood or plywood cut to size (your choice)
  • Measuring tape
  • Metal hairpin legs (found online or from local hardware retailers)
  • Screwdriver and wood screws
  • Sander or sandpaper
  • Wood filler
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint or finish

DIY Coffee table: Step by step

  1. The first step in this DIY furniture project is to clean and sand the plywood or scrap wood. Use either an electric sander or sandpaper to buff out any scratches and remove splinters.
  2. Decide which side of the plywood you want to face up. On the back, measure and drill holes in each corner for attaching the legs.
  3. Use the included brackets to attach the hairpin legs, applying clamps to hold them in place if necessary.
  4. Flip the table upright and double check for any wobbling or unevenness in the table legs. It will be easier to fix mistakes before you’ve finished the wood.
  5. Add a coat of wood filler to smooth out any existing knots or holes in the surface of the wood.
  6. Once the filler is dry, add your choice of paint or wood stain. Allow it to dry completely before using the table.

Now you have a unique piece of stylish, modern DIY furniture for your living room. You can use this same method to create additional pieces to match. Try making a bench, stool, accent table or dining table. Experiment with different surface materials like concrete, marble, stone or metal. Just make sure to check the specifications on the legs before you start.

While the combination of natural wood and metal hairpin legs is peak mid-century modern style, there are no limits when it comes to DIY furniture. Consider these ideas the next time you want to craft something all your own.

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Susan McKeon

Susan McKeon is the New Construction Sales Coordinator for Builders Realty Network. Tom Revane, Owner/Broker/Builder of Builders Realty Network has developed a unique New Construction Program designed to take you through the entire building process from banking needs to finding your desired property and building your new home all within your budget. Susan McKeon and Revane Builders, LLC have teamed up and put together a portfolio of home plans ranging from small ranches to large colonials. We have many lots to choose from throughout Central Mass already listed with to-be-built homes on them. If you have an existing lot or prefer another lot that we do not have listed, Sue and Revane Builders, LLC will be more than happy to work with you using our New Construction Program. If you have an existing home to sell prior to construction, Sue can provide a market analysis and assist you in the sale of your current home.