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Project: Industrial Style Coffee Table

20 Dec

Have a seat friends, it’s story time!

I made a great Craigslist purchase back in November 2009.  It was a bit of a “shady” ordeal, that involved me driving to a remote house in the woods, alone, after the sun went down.  However I was so excited by the potential of the two pieces for sale (and the bargain price tag) that nothing was going to stop me.   But just to play it safe, I gave my fiance the address, called him before I entered the house, and said to call the cops if he didn’t hear back from me in 15 minutes.  OK… maybe a liiiiittle over dramatic, but I’m 5 feet tall.  I know where my weaknesses are 🙂  And let’s face it – Craigslist has a bit of a reputation (albeit amazing finds)!

Ok, so here are the details:
(1) coffee table with wrought iron fixtures
(1) matching chest
Price: $100

As soon as I saw the pieces, I knew they were perfect.  They were definitely in need of some major TLC, but they were loaded with character.  And after miraculously fitting them into the back of my car, I was ready for a DIY….

Here are some before pictures. HUGE shout out to my Dad here.  Dad, I owe you big time for all your help with this. I could not have done it without you!!!!  🙂


Top of the table (legs and hinged top have been taken off)


Hinged top and table drawers


Me sanding!  Protective glasses are so in right now.

After sanding, I painted the entire piece with 2 coats of a dark stain:

1 Qt. Wood Finish English Chestnut (Home Depot, $8)

Then once the stain was totally dry, I added a coat of polyurethane.

1 qt. Satin Fast-Drying Polyurethane(Home Depot, $10)

Once everything was dry (took about 2 weeks), I was able to refasten the fixtures and legs… and eventually put it into our new living room!!!

Final Product:

My favorite things about this coffee table are (1) the fact that you can still see the original detailing in the wood, even with the dark stain, and (2) the ample storage!  We use the side drawers for extra napkins, the 1-trillion Play Station 3 accessories we have, an extra pen and pad of paper, and many other little surprises 🙂

The small chest (used for storing extra pillows)

{Hope enjoyed!  Now it’s your turn to share!}

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2 Responses to “Project: Industrial Style Coffee Table”

  1. Joanna H. December 20, 2010 at 9:40 am #

    I can’t believe you documented this whole process! You must have known you’d have a fabulous blog on which to post them one day. Love the UMass publicity shot. 🙂

  2. Gary December 20, 2010 at 7:18 pm #

    I am glad you also paid special attention to the safety glasses. Maybe a little safety corner or link to inexpensive but designer style PPE? Dad

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