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Design Your Own Wood Crate Coffee Table for under $150

Who would have thought that these crates could make something so beautiful?  With a little imagination and a little paint, you can create your own custom coffee table for under $150.

How to Design a Custom Wood Crate Coffee Table by Cheryl Phan | ArtzyFartzyCreations.com

I had this beautiful wood top from a past project that I wanted to repurpose. It may look familiar to some of you. About two years ago, I found a desk sitting next to a dumpster that someone was throwing away. I snatched it up and did a complete makeover on the desk. You can see it HERE. Not to brag, but it did turn out beautiful.  Unfortunately, my movers broke it beyond repair, so I salvaged the top and stored it so I could use it again.

I started out with eight crates that fit perfectly underneath the top. The idea was to create extra storage and create a custom piece of furniture.

How to Design a Custom Wood Crate Coffee Table by Cheryl Phan | ArtzyFartzyCreations.com

My initial thought was to line them up side by side but the crates were longer than the top, so I positioned them to face out at the end. I’m glad it worked out that way because I like it better.

How to Design a Custom Wood Crate Coffee Table by Cheryl Phan | ArtzyFartzyCreations.com

I was going for a distressed weathered look because the theme for the house is coastal/beachy.

The first step was to paint the crates white. I used flat white paint and thinned it down with water. I just did a heavy dry brush technique; I still wanted some of the natural wood coming through. Once it dried, I sanded it lightly with an electric sander using 320 grit sandpaper

How to Design a Custom Wood Crate Coffee Table by Cheryl Phan | ArtzyFartzyCreations.com

Then I took a car sponge and randomly applied gray wood stain in the same fashion.

How to Design a Custom Wood Crate Coffee Table by Cheryl Phan | ArtzyFartzyCreations.com

To achieve an authentic weathered look, I used an electric sander and 320 grit sandpaper and lightly sanded the crates.

How to Design a Custom Wood Crate Coffee Table by Cheryl Phan | ArtzyFartzyCreations.com

There’s what they looked like when I was done. You are not going for perfection. You want them to look like they have been outside and weathered.

There was also a flat piece of plywood I painted to use for the bottom.  You will see it in the video.

How to Design a Custom Wood Crate Coffee Table by Cheryl Phan | ArtzyFartzyCreations.com

Here’s what you will need to assemble the crates

How to Design a Custom Wood Crate Coffee Table by Cheryl Phan | ArtzyFartzyCreations.com

Measure where you want the casters to go and use a pencil to mark the holes. Drill the holes so you can apply the T- Nuts.

How to Design a Custom Wood Crate Coffee Table by Cheryl Phan | ArtzyFartzyCreations.com

Hammer the T-Nuts in the holes. Then screw the casters on.

Watch the step-by-step tutorial here:

 

How to Design a Custom Wood Crate Coffee Table by Cheryl Phan | ArtzyFartzyCreations.com

Now you have a beautiful one-of-a-kind coastal coffee table to showcase in your home.

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Until next time. Happy Painting.

Business Coach Cheryl Phan

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Cheryl PhanDesign Your Own Wood Crate Coffee Table for under $150