I made a repurposed hall table out of a reclaimed coffee table. In fact I have made three tables using the parts from this $7 busted coffee table.
When I picked it up at Vendors’ Village I somehow missed the broken edge pointed out by this arrow. Of course the top isn’t real wood, but that’s okay with me.
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These are the parts I added for this first table project. One 1x4 and two random legs that were a buck each.
Cut oval coffee table on a table saw
The coffee table was cut in half on the table saw. I removed the fence, but left the guard in place.
I was left with one side that had the busted top, more on that in coming weeks.
Measure and Cut Table Skirt
Note: finding the center of the oval table was simple after I realized that nice rectangle pattern was there.
It’s time to design the new table base. I began by situating the new legs in the same place as the shorter coffee table legs.
- Measure for the skirt of the table in the front.
- Mark the board.
- Cut board on the miter saw
Use Kreg Jig pocket holes for assembling table
Need more details on using a Kreg Jig? See my article How to use a Kreg Jig Pocket Hole System
The Kreg R3 is handy to use larger items such as the table leg. Pocket holes were drilled in order to hold the table leg onto the table top.
Pocket holes were evenly spaced on the skirt (front) to attach it to the top of the table.
- Secure table legs to the table base with pocket hole screws.
- Attach the skirt to the side of the table leg.
- Continue with more pocket hole screws across the front skirt.
- Measure depth from front to back. Cut side apron.
- Mark for pocket holes
- Drill pocket holes
- Measure and cut skirt/apron for back
- Attach sides BEFORE attaching back.
If you attach the back before the sides, it’s difficult to secure the screws inside the small area.
Use wood screws to attach back apron—cleat.
This is what your newly diy designed table will look like!
Then, if you’re like me—you’ll want to test it out to make sure it actually stands/rests against the wall (hahah fence).
Caulk or patch gaps and seams
The table top was a little wonky, so painter’s caulk was used to fill in any cracks.
Prepare for paint
As always I started with my own version of a diy chalky paint primer to get a good coat of flat paint on the table.
Use Finish Max Paint Sprayer
This is my favorite part of any frankenfurniture makeover! When I get a good coat of primer on it and it brings all the components together.
I was anxious to see how it looked standing up on it’s own two legs.
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Glaze your new table
Of course it got the royal treatment—glazing treatment that is!
Watch my video of How To Glaze Painted Furniture
Isn’t it scrumptious? The glaze is so different on all my projects.
Reclaimed Coffee Table as a NEW Hall Table
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The table adheres to the wall with screws directly through the cleat into the wall, or by adding picture hangers and using d rings attached to the back of the table.
I used part of the bad half of this table top to make the small four legged side table!