How to Make a Rustic Coffee Table

I needed a new coffee table since my oldest daughter
made off with the very awesome one I made from an 
armoir door.

I've checked around on line but nothing I could find was simple and rustic enough for me and in my price range.

I checked the thrift stores but nothing sparked my interest.

Until one day while passing through my garage that is piled high with bicycles and junk... an old garden bench caught my eye.

I found this beauty on the side of the road a couple of years ago. It weighs about 100 lbs and somehow I managed to lift it into the back of my car.

They don't get more sturdy than this!

My first step was to cut down the legs to coffee table height.

Then I began sanding the daylights out of the top.

I changed out the hardware on the drawer 

and kept sanding until all the stains and imperfections looked like they were supposed to be there.

I gave the table a coat of Annie Sloan clear wax
and after that I used CeCe Caldwell's dark stain to give it that grayish-brown Restoration Hardware color.

The boards are rustic and uneven but the wood on the 
top is now smooth as silk!

And the best part was that it was free!

Also, check out what happened to the 

bottom shelf of this table!

And don't worry we got rid of that furniture...
read all about the updated room here.


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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .


  1. Wow!! That is one awesome rustic yet simple coffee did an awesome job! And kuddos for being able to lift it, too!
    Selene @ Restoration Beauty

  2. Wow, you waste nothing and both pieces are incredible!

  3. Sometimes the simplest solutions are right under our noses! Nice work.

  4. Pot racks and a table all from one thing. Talent.


  5. Great work Susan! I love the finish you used. I've never used CeCe Caldwell's, but I would really like to give it a try. Good for you, finding something that you already had and turning it into something pretty and functional.


  6. Just beautiful Susan!! I love the top boards and so cleaver how you cut it down! I am your newest follower!

  7. This looks really nice. I've yet to try CeCe Caldwell products.

  8. Holy crow what a job! and to think I threw out one of these tables several years ago because I couldn't figure out what to do with it. Stupid me!!!

  9. This table is gorgeous, what a clever idea! I'm off to check out some of your signs :)


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