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DIY Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table.
Posted on April 15th, 2014 in design, DIY, furniture, home

DIY mid-century modern coffee table

I built this coffee table in an ongoing attempt to lower my Ikea to non-Ikea furniture ratio. Yes, this area rug is from Ikea, but The Great Pizza Box Fire of 2014 destroyed my non-Ikea rug, and I needed an affordable replacement! One step forward, two steps back…

DIY mid-century modern coffee table

This coffee table was built the same way I built my mid-century modern side table, but with a few modifications. I used pre-stain wood conditioner this time to prevent streaking and blotching. On a bigger job like this, you won’t be able to hide the ugly parts with succulents and a strategically placed Beyoncé print.
pre-stain wood conditioner
You can follow the same directions I used to build the side table. Just be sure to use these new measurements.



  • 2 – 1″x12″-6′ common boards – 4 pieces that are cut 36″ long
    (the top & bottom boards)
  • 1 – 1″x4″-6′ common board – 2 pieces that are cut 22.5″ long
    (the side boards)

Since I already had the gel stain and clear coat left over from building the side table, it only cost me $88 to make this coffee table! That’s cheaper than the Ikea rug it’s sitting on…


  1. R____T was all like...

    that table is EPIC. i have a bunch of diy shit, unfortunately most of it is made out of pvc…

    April 18th, 2014 | #

  2. mayan was all like...

    robert, is one of them a beer bong stand, be honest…

    i’ve been wanting to make these industrial pipe shelves i fell in love with at this dessert place i frequent far too often. seems intimidating, though… have you ever used a wood boring drill bit? (also, what is a wood boring drill bit???)

    April 21st, 2014 | #

  3. Lee was all like...

    Am I missing something, why are the side boards 22.5″ long when the length of the two top pieces totals 24″. Won’t those two sides be 1.5″ short?

    Looking to make this (not second guessing you but maybe I am not seeing something!) and want to make sure I only need one trip to Home Depot!

    July 26th, 2015 | #

  4. mayan was all like...

    no worries, the 1″x12″-6′ boards are labeled that way, but they’re really 1″x11.25″-6′. def bring a measuring tape when you go. you should put the boards together after they’ve been cut @ home depot to make sure they line up correctly, too, before you leave the store. good luck! :)

    July 26th, 2015 | #

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  6. Megan was all like...

    Love this tutorial! Currently following your side table instructions! Do you mind if i share your image?

    November 9th, 2015 | #

  7. mayan was all like...

    thanks, megan! i don’t mind at all, please just link back :)

    November 9th, 2015 | #

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  9. Maria Baruxis was all like...

    Hi Mayan!

    I’m with Atomic Ranch Magazine and we’re starting a DIY web series. We would love to feature this project on our site. We would of course credit you and link to your blog. The only thing we need from you is high-res images of the above photos and permission to recap the steps involved in a post on our site. Email me if you’re interested!

    All the best,
    Maria Baruxis

    March 11th, 2016 | #

  10. Rebecca was all like...

    Hi, I’m looking to make this table (it’s fabulous btw, thank you for the instructions) but I’m wondering how much conditioner, stain, clear coat you used, what sized cans do you recommend 1/2 pint, pint, quart? I’m aiming to end up with as little left as possible. Thanks!

    November 24th, 2016 | #

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