If you read any of the posts that I have written, you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of DIY projects. There are a few reasons that I really enjoy them though. The first one is because it’s always fun to make something by hand, then be able to look at the finished project and feel a sense of accomplishment. You never know what you’re capable of until you try something that is out of your comfort zone. Next, nothing is better than making something for only a fraction of the cost that it’d be in the store if you were to buy it brand new. Some furniture pieces can cost upwards of thousands of dollars, whereas if you were to build it by hand, you could make for only a few hundred dollars. And third but certainly not last, you’re saving the environment. By reusing and recycling, you’re keeping these things out of landfills and updating your home. All of these reasons sound like winners to me! When I was looking online for a new project, I found this DIY Wine Crate Coffee Table that Imgur user ElCapitanJensen23 made for his wife. Not only can you find wine crates for relatively cheap, but this table offers a lot of storage which is very handy especially if you have kids. Check out these step by step instructions.
His wife had wanted a wine crate coffee table for a very long time, and with her birthday coming up, he thought this was the perfect time. This Imgur user decided to use up some of his old scrap wood he had laying about. Some of the wood was from an old IKEA bed frame, but most of the wood is Douglas Fir.
With the first crate complete, it was time to take a picture. As you can see, he screwed each piece in.
This is what the inside of the crate looks like as well. It looks very stable and should make a great coffee table.
After assembling all four crates, he set them up to see how they lined up with each other. Once assembled, he realized he should have sanded them prior to assembly, so he had to do that step once the crates were completed.
Once he managed to get all of the crates sanded, he went to Lowes to purchase some table legs and also some stain. He opted for a dark walnut because it would match best with the furniture they already had. After he had the wood stained, he realized he should have used a conditioner since fir and pine are unpredictable when applying stain. Once completed though, he felt the slight fading added to the look.
He placed it in the living room while his wife was sleeping. When she woke up, she was so excited and loved it! She loved it so much she asked him to make a matching end table.
He followed a similar pattern for the matching end table. They decided to make it a storage bin also to help with the clutter that comes with having a two-year old.
He used the same stain and table legs on the end table to give the furniture a more fluid look.
This project looks a lot easier than I thought it would have been. It would be even easier if you were to get the crates already assembled for you. When looking online you can find wine crates for under $10, but if you have a local business that ships in crates, you may be able to get them at no cost. My coffee table is starting to show some wear and tear. This will be a fun project to keep on hand for when the time comes that it needs to be replaced. Plus the matching end table will really pull it all together.