Today is a fun day! We’re starting it off with a little something different. I’ve got a makeover piece, and a full DIY table project for you. Remodelaholic and I have partnered up to bring you the same project: two ways. I found these amazing wood cubbies at my local thrift store and I instantly thought — coffee table! And, the Remodelaholic crew is re-creating this unique project for their readers to follow along, and make one yourself! Come along and see how both of these incredible projects turned out…
I actually found not one, but two wood cubbies at my local Habitat for Humanity Store. If you can see past the dust and the current function of a piece, you might just get a one-of-a-kind gem for yourself! (This post may contain affiliate links. This means, should you end up making a purchase, advertisers give me a small percentage of that sale, at absolutely NO EXTRA COST to you. Click here for full disclosures).
I saw these and instantly thought, coffee table. And, I adore hairpin legs, so this was the perfect timing, for the perfect combo! I’ll take you though my steps as I refinished and repurposed the first cubby, and show you how it is looking now!
First, I needed to get the old finish off. I used a belt sander for the large flat areas (with a gentle touch), and my mouse sander for the edges and curves. It worked fantastic and the old orangey finish was gone in under an hour.
See that nice fresh wood on the top cubby compared to the bottom cubby? Now it just needs a good seal for a smooth finish and to help condition and protect the wood.
My go-to finish is a clear semi-gloss Varathane. You can apply it just like any stain. I used a stain applicator pad (you can grab a pack of two for under $10), which you can wash and reuse. A few quick coats, with a couple hours in-between each coat, and it was ready to go!
Now, for the hairpin legs. My favourite part!
I measured in from each side to ensure each leg was placed symmetrically, and balanced in all four positions. For this cubbie style, DIY table, I decided on 8 inch legs. This made the top of the table sitting at about 18 inches. A comfortable height to go in front of our living room couch. You may want to measure the seating height of your own furniture and decide on what height will work best for you.
Mark the screw holes with a pencil, and use an appropriately sized drill bit to pre-drill holes into the wood. This will keep the wood from splitting when you attach your screws.
Round head screws will catch the edge of the hairpin leg base, and ensure sturdy contact with the table.
Flip it over, and you’re ready to start using your new coffee table!
This was my LAST project in the cabin, before moving home (after the big renovation). We haven’t even set up our rec room where this table will eventually live… but in the meantime, let’s see how she did in our rustic setting!
It is such great size. And once I get the second cubbie complete, they will pair so fantastically together to create either one large square when we’re hosting parties and having snacks… or separate for the perfect foot perch in front of the TV.
The cubbie makes a stellar hiding spot for remotes, games, or having your favourite magazines close-at-hand, but out of the way.
Turns out my up-cycled wood bowls make a pretty snazzy pairing with my new DIY Table!
BTW, Isn’t that cabin ceiling and step ladder amazing? Stay tuned for a lot more house updates as I share our renovation adventures, now that we’re starting to feel settled back at home. Subscribe in the sidebar, and you’ll never miss a post!
Now run over to visit my friends at Remodelaholic and check out how they’ve recreated this look with new furniture plans! I can’t wait to see, I’ll meet you over there!