Hello! As promised, I am going to show you guys how to make a live edge coffee table that won’t cost you $600-1200. I received so many compliments on this coffee table and a lot of requests for how to do it. It’s really super simple, as long as you have someone really strong to help.
This project was really a dream come true for me. We always like to make things, and for the sake of our newly moved in budget, we had an old wooden coffee table that we painted with Benjamin Moore’s Mysterious then added some vintage sheet music to the top with mod podge. It served its purpose for about 4 years and was a great conversation starter.
No worries, we did find this awesome table a good home!
I wanted something a little more classic, but with special uniqueness! After months of scouring online websites, I realized that I just couldn’t find what I had in mind, so I decided it was time to break out the DIY skills once again. I had seen the growing trend of live edge wood in home decor, but had also seen the price tag!!!
Why was I born with champagne taste on a beer budget?!?!
I realized, however, that I was also born with an innate sense of creativity and style, and I like to work with my hands so I accepted the challenge.
The first challenge in making a live edge piece of furniture is finding a slab of wood that has been kiln dried. This part is essential , so please keep that in mind when purchasing your wood. Another thing that quickly came to mind as I started researching this project is that I feel awfully guilty cutting a tree down just for the sake of my home decor. Does anyone else ever feel like that or just me? Lucky for me, I found a place only a couple of hours away from Birmingham that sourced wood from fallen trees or unwanted trees. This made my heart happy! I realized that if a tree is unwanted, or has fallen down due to storms, then this was a great way to give it a new life and preserve it forever. This company is run by a father/son duo and they make beautiful furniture that they sell. I sent them an email explaining what I wanted to do, and they quickly responded with a few selections of the slabs on hand that I could purchase to work with on my own.
I was ecstatic! It was the prettiest piece of wood that I had ever seen!! Perfectly imperfect, with lots of character and he only wanted $250! I knew I had to get there right away. He gave me directions, and the hubby and I headed out the very next morning, which was Saturday, to Arab, Alabama. We had never been to this area of our state, and our seller was so gracious to give us the scenic back road directions to not only save us a few minutes, but to also show us some of the sites on the way up. The road was full of beautiful trees and a waterfall that he had mentioned- seriously gorgeous! Alabama really has some beautiful areas, it’s just that living in the main city, we don’t get to see them that often. He also told us about a wonderful little BBQ restaurant on the way called the Top Hat. This place has been around for a very long time and was well known in the area for top notch BBQ. If you know anything about southern BBQ, then you know it’s a culture. It had such a cute old town feel and good food. Pair that along with the gorgeous scenic drive, and our seller’s friendly hospitality, and you get a trip that makes our coffee table that much more special. Here is a picture of the check out counter inside of the restaurant just because it was too cute not to share.
And now it’s time for the main event…. After taking our slab home, we had already ordered some hairpin iron legs off of Amazon, and some latex polyurethane in high gloss (you can buy this at any local hardware store) some sand paper and a decent paintbrush with wide bristles. I did about 4 layers of this gloss to give it a great shine, and I had to do it in my basement since it wasn’t the best weather.
Just take a look at how the polyurethane makes the grain in the wood stand out from the original photo! I was in heaven seeing this come to life. Oh, also, I screwed the legs on first in order to give me a working base that was off of the floor, then I sanded and sanded until the red chalk markings that were on the piece came off and any other rough spots were smooth. The finished result is something that I know I will love and cherish for years to come! Total cost of the project was $290 since I already had the polyurethane, paintbrush, and sand paper. If you don’t have these items you can still do this for a little over $300. I don’t know guys…it’s so addicting, this may become my next business….I would need to buy a truck though HAHA. Transporting a wood slab in your Jetta is not the easiest of things to do 🙂
Let me know what you think about the end result!
So there it is!! This coffee table has become such a focal point in our home. It’s sturdy and heavy, and makes the room look fantastic! I am so happy that I decided to try something so far out of the spectrum for me. You never know what you can do until you try. Thank you for reading along. I hope this inspires you to create some memorable furniture for your home. Have a great day!