Pinterest has a tendency to consume my life/annoy my husband. Why? It might have something to do with the fact that I find projects that are necessary to do before my other necessary projects. Our upstairs office/catch-all room needed a coffee table to go with the lonely sofa. I've been eyeing the crate coffee tables that are all over the place. Two things: 1. They are SUPER cute, 2. I’m not paying $100+ to have someone else make it.
So, off to Michaels my brother and I went. We picked up 4 crates, with coupons that was $37. A quick stop at Lowe’s to pick up the right size screws (1” wood screws) and 2 sets of antiqued casters and we were good to go! The total cost for the table was $45!
The first step was to stain the crates – at first I went with a natural stain and it just didn’t look right. The crates still looked as if they did when I bought them. So, I did another two coats with pecan tinted stain. LOVE! Its dark enough that the crates look aged without adding to the mass amount of dark wood already torturing our house.
After staining, my helper (thanks brother!) and I arranged the crates end to end and predrilled holes for the screws. The crates are attached at the support beams within the crates – two screws at each bar. The center hole we filled with a left over piece of wainscoting from the kitchen island. Using a circular saw we cut it so that it would rest in between the slats of the crates – once the table was fully screwed together the center piece was secure.
Next we attached the casters to the bottom – a lot of the tables that I looked at utilized a brace on the bottom. We opted not to go that route – mainly because we reinforced it enough that it honestly didn’t need it. The casters are also attached to the supports of the crates, eliminating the need for a frame. Of course, if you intend to use this as a bench, you will need to craft a frame.
Tada! The center piece isn’t going to remain white – scrapbook paper will eventually camouflage that part and it WILL be full with corks…I just need a little time! Once we get my books unearthed from wherever we have stored them, they will be put on display!
I love how it turned out, the color works with the room and once it doesn't look like a hurricane hit that part of our house, I’m sure I’ll love it even more. Please let us know if you have any questions or ideas for other projects that we can hack – otherwise enjoy prepping for the 4th!