Coffee Table Dilemma

For the past five years I’ve used a coffee table that I purchased from Craigslist. Originally I was really excited to upholster it in burlap from an inspiration that I believe came from Rachel Ashwell.  It worked well for a while but because I have a cat, I had to reupholster it every 6 months to a year.  Worse, in the final days of my last laptop, I had to put it on ice packs to keep it from overheating, which then developed a leak of blue stuff on my white ottoman.  Needless to say, I had enough of that coffee table and was ready for something that required less maintenance.  I did a final re-upholstery of that table (see below).

The technique is incredibly easy. After cutting a piece of material large enough to fully cover the upholstered portion of the bench, I use a small staple gun to secure the material to the underside of the bench, stretching it tightly as I work my way around the bench. You always want to start with securing the midpoint of each side first and then work your way around the rest of the sides.

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My next coffee table inspiration came from Dan, from HGTV’s online show DanMade. He made a very simple reclaimed wood coffee table that has a really dramatic impact.  See the image here.  I couldn’t find wood of the correct thickness, but I had purchased the remnants of a table (with no legs) from a furniture warehouse sale and figured I would use that wood.  The effort required about 7 cuts with a table saw, some wood glue, clamps, screws, and casters. My finished table is below. I wish I had used larger casters, but they can be expensive and didn’t want to end up spending a lot of money on this project.  Being on wheels; however, is probably the best thing for a coffee table, I don’t know how I used to manage!

Coffee Table
Dan-Made-Inspired Coffee Table
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