Simple How-Tos For a DIY Coffee Table

Here’s an interior decorating tip: Do something wild with your coffee table. Though you may not realize it, your coffee table is one of the most important pieces of furniture in your home. In addition to serving as a primary storage unit, it also serves as the centerpiece to your living room. So if you really want to make a statement, get yourself an unconventional coffee table. And why not do it yourself? There are many ways to make a DIY coffee table. Here’s three ideas to get you started, ranging from offbeat to traditional to super chic. With a few key pieces from Kohls, you can have a coffee table all your own. Before you get crafting, use our Kohls coupons to save on your purchase. Maximize that decorating budget!

 

Asymmetrical Coffee Table

Simple How-Tos For a DIY Coffee Table

Coffee tables are major spaces for storage. Think of how many things we pile on top of them – and how much cleaner our living rooms would look if we cleared off that clutter. Such is the secret behind the asymmetrical coffee table, which uses levels and hidden space to tuck away essentials like TV remotes and magazines. It looks pretty cool, too. The different heights and separate pieces of this “table” make it the ideal statement piece for the modern living room.

Simple How-Tos For a DIY Coffee Table

If you want something unconventional, like in the example, start collecting boxes. Neutral wood crates like those in this Winsome Leo Basket Set ($84.99) go with any color scheme. For a more fun look, use colored canvas boxes like these pink storage cubes from Guidecraft ($32.99). And don’t be afraid to mix and match! Once you have your boxes, arrange them standing up, on their sides, whichever way you feel looks best. Just make sure there’s plenty of variety, and enough spots for storage. Think of it like playing with building blocks!

Simple How-Tos For a DIY Coffee Table

If you want a more traditional look, start by buying this Winsome Regalia Nesting Table Set ($134.99). Although using boxes is the trendy way to do it, arranging tables of different sizes is more functional, and looks just as cool. Then decide whether to keep the tables their original color or mix it up. Painting each table a different color is a great way to add variety and highlight their asymmetry. Finally, decide how to arrange the tables. Don’t feel like you have to keep them in the order they come in. Why not create a 2×2 square? Or a 3×1 rectangle? It’s all up to you!

 Simple How-Tos For a DIY Coffee Table

This look is all about mixing and matching. It helps to buy extras of each piece so you can change them out as you see fit. You can use the extras for storage when you’re not using them. If you’re wary about overspending, our Kohls coupons will keep this project in check.

Trunk-Turned-Coffee Table

 Simple How-Tos For a DIY Coffee Table

If your living room needs a touch of romance and class, trunks are a great accessory. Trunks are an old-timey item that hearken back to the golden age of travel. Recently, trunks have seen a resurgence as a re-purposed coffee table. As far as crafting a DIY coffee table goes, this is one of the easiest projects out there.

 Simple How-Tos For a DIY Coffee Table

For the most part, it’s simply a matter of choosing the right trunk. A family friendly choice would be the Sonoma Life + Style Storage Trunk ($269.99). It has plenty of storage space for toys and other living room clutter, and its soft top and fabric-covered sides make it perfect for those with small children. Plus, it can double as an ottoman when you have company. All you need to do to turn this trunk into a coffee table is find a  cute tray. (We recommend this Cattail Straw Tray by Bobby Flay ($29.99). Place the tray on top of the trunk, and use it to corral all the items you use every day.

 Simple How-Tos For a DIY Coffee Table

Another option is a traditional wood trunk like this Sonoma Life + Style Sullivan Trunk ($299.99). Though not as kid-friendly, using a traditional wood trunk will give any space an air of Old World charm. Just remember: Coffee tables take a lot of wear and tear. So if you’re going to invest in a beautiful piece like this, take some preventative measures so it stays beautiful for years to come. Find some waterproof wood sealant at your local hardware store, and put a coat or two on your trunk. This will prevent any water rings or everyday nicks and dents from harming the wood. To do this, all you need to do is use a sponge brush to apply the sealant to the wood in thin layers. Usually, one or two coats is all you need. After treating the wood, you can clean with a dust rag or with water.

Simple How-Tos For a DIY Coffee Table

As you can see, trunks can be a little pricey. But they’re a worthy investment. Most will last a lifetime. Either way, use our Kohls coupons to make this investment easier on the wallet.

Striped Lacquered Coffee Table

Simple How-Tos For a DIY Coffee Table
What’s more chic than lacquered furniture? Not much. Shiny, brightly colored furniture is so modern and so artsy. You can drop thousands of dollars on a pre-made piece, or save a ton with a DIY cofee table. Lacquering couldn’t be easier. First, find a table in a neutral color that has the correct dimensions for your space. We’ve chosen the Winsome Linea Coffee Table ($144.99), which is a standard coffee table suitable for most homes.

 Simple How-Tos For a DIY Coffee Table

Then, choose the pattern and colors you want to paint it. As you can see, black and white striped is super on-trend. Go to the hardware store, and pick out your colors. Make sure they’ll work with lacquer – some paints tend to bleed through. Also be sure to pick up some primer. Wood needs to be treated with a primer, both to protect it and to make a blank canvas for the paint to go on smoothly. And lastly, you’ll need some lacquer. Lacquer that comes in a spray can is suitable for this project.

When you’re ready to paint, first apply a coat or two of primer to your table. Next, if you’re going to do stripes, first paint on a base color. Usually this is the lightest of the two colors. Now, use painter’s tape and a ruler to measure out stripes along the table. Make sure they’re straight! Then use your second color to color in between the tape. Once dry, peel off the tape, and you’re ready to lacquer. Be sure to wear a face mask and open some windows when you do this. Lacquer can be very harsh. Spray a very thin layer of lacquer over the entire surface, keeping the can facing downward and around 16 inches away from the table. Spray as evenly as possible, making sure you cover every inch. Once this layer dries, repeat two more times.

If you like the way this looks, stripes make a great connecting motif throughout the house. Do the same to your end tables, armoire, whatever! Kohls has a variety of tables that would look beautiful lacquered. Use our Kohls coupons to save on them all!

Think of your four-legged wooden coffee table as a blank canvas. From there, your imagination will guide you toward a unique, functional statement piece that’s sure to get a ton of compliments. Remember, your DIY coffee table is whatever you want it to be. These how-tos are just guides to get you going in the right direction. Browse Kohls for more ideas, and use our Kohls coupons to help make those ideas a reality.

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