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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 | #

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