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!)
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, which matches my own personal style. And I think it turned out pretty cute!
If you don’t want to go to the expense of buying a new coffee table for this project, just use whatever old coffee table you have- the idea for the project is the same. Just take a regular coffee table and add planks to the top to give it the rustic farmhouse look.
Coffee Table (Ikea Hemnes or Lack)- or whatever old coffee table you have.
9- 1×4’s cut at 48″
Wood Stain (I used Minwax Dark Walnut)
Polyurethane (LOVE this wipe on poly)
1 1/4″ screws
Start by purchasing 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 ON SALE 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.
****Please note: Lumber prices vary at different locations, so this may cost more depending on where you live. I was lucky to find my 1×4’s on super sale, so it was inexpensive for me.****
Give your boards a nice coat of stain. I used My FAVORITE stain! I pretty much use it on every project. Then once it was dry, I finished it with THIS Wipe-On Poly. The Polyurethane simply finishes and protects the wood, making it last longer and stay nicer. And this Poly won’t yellow, which is SO awesome!
(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 than I’ve seen it in the hardware stores.)
I marked off the center of my coffee table so I knew where to place my center board.
Place your board in the center of your table and clamp each end down so it won’t move. I used these clamps, but tmy favorite clamps are the Kreg clamps, which are SO amazing! Also, this price on Amazon is pretty great, about the same as you’ll find in the hardware stores!
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 secure your middle board, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Then, once you turn your table right-side up, you won’t see any glue or screws… just a beautiful, rustic, farmhouse coffee table.
I am in LOVE with how it turned out. It is exactly the style and look I was going for!
And it fits perfectly in my home.
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. You’re welcome, and yes, totally off subject!
Thank you so much for reading my tutorial for this DIY Farmhouse Coffee Table- it’s a great IKEA hack! If you liked this tutorial, you might also like some of my other farmhouse and furniture tutorials:
Farmhouse Buffet free building plans
Ikea Lamp Hack (airplane lamp)
Ikea Lamp Hack (spray painted lampshade)