DIY Farmhouse Coffee Table (Ikea Hack)

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DIY Farmhouse Coffee Table

I love, love, LOVE the farmhouse look. We don’t really live on a farm, but we pretend to, so I love using rustic, charming pieces of furniture in my home. Like my DIY Farmhouse Bench I built for under $20, or my planter box centerpiece. So when I needed a coffee table in my living room, I knew I wanted it to be a farmhouse style coffee table, and this time I went a different route than building it all myself. I used the Hemnes coffee table from Ikea and gave it a little facelift. (And it only cost me $10 for the lumber to transform the entire thing!)
Ikea Hack Coffee Table

 I love Ikea’s furniture because it is so simple and sleek (and inexpensive!). I like to use Ikea furniture as the “bones” for my projects. So I came up with this simple little Ikea Hack to make this DIY Famhouse Coffee Table, witch matches my own personal style. And I think it turned out pretty cute!

ikea hack planked coffee table

Supplies:

Coffee Table (Ikea Hemnes or Lack)
9- 1×4’s cut at 48″ 
Wood Stain and Polyurethane
Liquid Nails
1 1/4″ screws
DIY Farmhouse Coffee Table

Start by getting your 1×4’s. Measure ahead of time so you know how big you need them. You can cut them at home if you have a saw, or have the Home Depot guy cut them for you (he will be happy to). I used the Hemnes table, and needed my boards to 48 inches. I was lucky to find my 1×4’s in a 4 foot length at my local Home Depot, so I didn’t need to cut them at all. Make sure when you’re picking out your lumber, you choose the straightest, nicest pieces of wood. You’ll want to make sure they lay flat and aren’t warped at all.

1x4 pine board

Give your boards a nice coat of stain. I used Minwax Dark Walnut stain, then once it was dry, I finished it with Minwax Wipe-On Poly. The Polyurethane simply finishes and protects the wood, making it last longer and stay nicer. (Please note that I didn’t stain the back or ends of my wood- I ended up having to go back and stain them once I was done- not fun! So don’t follow my bad example, and just stain the entire thing in the first place.)

Once your boards are stained and dried, apply some Liquid Nails to the back of your boards, one at a time. The boards will hang off the edge about 3/4″ on each end, so don’t put the glue all the way on the ends or you’ll have a sticky mess. (By the way, there are a few different kinds of liquid nails. Make sure you get THIS KIND. And, this price on Amazon is cheaper as I’ve seen it in the hardware stores.)

DIY Farmhouse Coffee Table

 I marked off the center of my coffee table so I knew where to place my center board. 

DIY Farmhouse Coffee Table

 Place your board in the center of your table and clamp each end down so it won’t move.

DIY Planked Coffee Table

 Then you’ll use your impact driver to screw a couple of screws on the underside of each end to secure it in place until the glue dries. The glue is going to be what really holds the boards on, but you’ll want some screws in each end to make sure it stays in place until the glue is nice and dry. (And yes, I should have stained those edges… whoopsie!) After you do your middle board, then work outwards- gluing each board, clamping it, and screwing it in place.

Let me just talk for a minute about why I love impact drivers rather than regular drills. Impact drivers use IMPACT to drive the screws (hence the name). It’s really important in this case, because we are drilling from the underside, and we really want the board to be sucked in by the screw and lay flush and tight against the table. This Ryobi Impact Driver is the one I use, and I love it.

DIY Planked Coffee Table

 The underside isn’t very pretty, but who cares? You’ll just make sure you have screws holding the ends of each board in place.

DIY Farmhouse Coffee Table

 After all the boards are glued and screwed, turn the entire thing upside down and put something really heavy on the middle part. Then let it sit overnight. This will ensure your boards are flat and stuck down really well, so the top of your table isn’t all warped and uneven.

DIY Farmhouse Coffee Table

After it dries overnight, screw a few more screws in the center of each board (on the underside). I ended up having each end screwed, and 3 screws in the center of each board, about every foot or so. This will just help hold the boards in place, so they don’t wobble or warp over time. 

DIY Plank Table

 Then, once you turn your table right-side up, you won’t see any glue or screws… just a beautiful, rustic, farmhouse coffee table.

DIY Farmhouse Coffee Table

I am in LOVE with how it turned out. It is exactly the style and look I was going for!

DIY Farmhouse Coffee Table

 And it fits perfectly in my home.

DIY Farmhouse Coffee Table

 Plus, the kids love having a new racetrack to play on. Because I used pine (a softer wood), it won’t stand up to scuffs and scratches as well as a harder wood. But I don’t mind if it gets used and beat up a little bit, because it just adds to the character and rustic feel I was going for.

Before I go, I want to share this totally off subject tip. If you have a son, they NEED (yes, I said need) a truck and trailer combo. Seriously, best toy for boys of all time. My kids (even my girl) really love this Monster Truck and Trailer Set.

DIY Plank Table

 If you liked this project, you might like some of my other DIY projects:

Chicken Coop (with free plans)

DIY Farmhouse Bench

Ikea Lamp Hack (airplane lamp)

Ikea Lamp Hack (spray painted lampshade)

DIY Pallet Art

I shared this table as part of Ikea’s BYOF (bring your own friend) event. I had a blast! Thanks to Yvonne from Tried and Tasty for this photo. Yvonne shared her Chocolate Strawberry Icebox Cake, and it was DELICIOUS!!! Go check out her blog.

Ikea BYOF

Comments

  1. James says

    Where in the world did you find those boards for 99 cents!?!? We only have 1x4x6 and longer, and they start at around $7!

    • says

      I think my Home Depot must have been having a promotion or a special on these boards, because I haven’t been able to find them since that day I did this project. Super bummer!

    • Anonymous says

      I just bought some today and my Lowes had them for 1.65. I asked if they cheaper ones than the 5 dollar boards and they showed me the others

  2. Lily says

    This is EXACTLY what I was looking for! I’m new to furniture DIY and I have this insanely ugly drafting table similar to ikea type furniture after a ton of moving and overshooting the cutting mat with my razor blades. This is the easiest idea I found on Pinterest! Perfect!

  3. Cathy says

    Just finished making a version of this an Ikea Lack side table. From mediocre to fabulous in just a few days! Thanks.

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  1. […] Let’s start with a simple transformation. For this project you can use either a Lack or a Hemnes table which are both Ikea coffee tables. Get some wooden boards and cut them to size so you can make a tabletop. Stain them and measure the center of the table so you know where to place the first board. Clamp each end down and then add the others the same way. Glue and screw all the boards, turn the table upside down and put something heavy on the middle. Let it sit overnight, add more screws in the center of each board but on the underside so you don’t see them.{found on thecreativemom}. […]

  2. […] Let’s start with a simple transformation. For this project you can use either a Lack or a Hemnes table which are both Ikea coffee tables. Get some wooden boards and cut them to size so you can make a tabletop. Stain them and measure the center of the table so you know where to place the first board. Clamp each end down and then add the others the same way. Glue and screw all the boards, turn the table upside down and put something heavy on the middle. Let it sit overnight, add more screws in the center of each board but on the underside so you don’t see them.{found on thecreativemom}. […]

  3. […] Let’s start with a simple transformation. For this project you can use either a Lack or a Hemnes table which are both Ikea coffee tables. Get some wooden boards and cut them to size so you can make a tabletop. Stain them and measure the center of the table so you know where to place the first board. Clamp each end down and then add the others the same way. Glue and screw all the boards, turn the table upside down and put something heavy on the middle. Let it sit overnight, add more screws in the center of each board but on the underside so you don’t see them.{found on thecreativemom}. […]

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