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

by TARA BELANGER BRIGHT 08/15/2022

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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TARA BELANGER BRIGHT

 Tara Belanger Bright is a dependable and enthusiastic Real Estate Agent in Northeast Florida. She assists buyers and sellers in St Johns County, Duval County and the Clay County area and is known for her exceptional knowledge and skills. With over 6 years of Real Estate experience, Tara makes each transaction as smooth and stress-free as possible for undefined clients.

Tara began undefined career in Real Estate in 2017, and since then has joined RE/MAX Unlimited, where she has been able to provide numerous clients with her knowledge, expertise, and unparalleled passion for the field. Her degree in marketing sets her apart when making sure your home is presented well and marketing properly. In addition to helping clients buy and sell homes, Tara is also highly skilled in New Construction, First Time Home Buyers, Families, 55+ clients and has worked with many buyers moving to the area from out of state. 

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