DIY Rustic Coffee Table (IKEA Hack)

Guest post by the Vintage Blonde’s bearded master builder!

Now that we own a house, there is this fun place that we like to visit every weekend: The Home Depot. Combine that with IKEA, and you can come up with some very affordable, awesome looking furniture. Sure it is not Pottery Barn, but it sure ends up looking pretty darn close!

This adventure took about 20 mins of actual work, and a total cost of under $30.

What you need:

  • IKEA Lack Table: $24.99
  • Interior Wood Stain: $8, but we had some lying around from another project I will write about soon
  • Couple of 1″x2″ planks of wood: $1.29 ea.
  • Approx 20 1 1/4″ wood screws
  • power drill
  • power saw
  • Optional: Liquid nails


and After:

Here is how to do it:

Step 1 – Once you have the IKEA table built, take some measurements to figure out how many pieces of wood you will need in order to cover the tabletop. We ended up getting 5 pieces of 1x2x96.

Step 2 – Once you have the measurements, bust out the power saw and start cutting those bad boys up. If you do not have a power saw, the friendly people over at Home Depot would gladly cut the wood for you.

**Warning: use of power saw may cause steak cravings, accelerate facial hair growth, and/or make you feel super powerful.

Step 3 – Once the wood is cut, lay all of the pieces out on the table to make sure they are the proper length and fit together to your liking. This way you don’t realize your mistake when you’ve gone too far into the project.

Step 4 – Once you are satisfied with the pieces of wood, and have polished off your delicious steak, start staining the wood. You will need to stain all sides of the wood except for the underside. The more layers of stain you use, the darker the final product. We went with a single coat of Jacobean stain.

Step 5 – Unless you want to look like 47 Snickers Bars melted all over your hands for the next few days….let the stain dry all the way!!

Step 6 – Once the stain is dried, again lay the pieces of wood on top of the table. This is your last chance to check if everything looks alright and the stain shade is what you want, before you screw everything in.

Step 7 – This is where the liquid nails comes in handy. First, in order to keep the spacing proper – leave all the pieces on the table and pick up the middle one and apply liquid nails to the bottom of it and put it back in its spot. This will keep all of the planks centered and you a happy DIYer. Follow the same process as you work your way outwards with the liquid nails.

**This step isnt necessary, and you can go straight to the wood screws. But liquid nails helped me keep the wood in place while I drilled in the screws.

Step 8 – Once the liquid nails is dry, screw in a bunch of 1 1/4 in screws from the bottom up. I used about 7 or 8 screws per plank. This will leave the table without any holes on top and give you a nice clean, natural look.

And that is all!

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below!

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