Have you ever come across something that you could immediately envision in your home? That’s been the story behind this coffee table from CB2. Shortly after snagging the red couch for the playroom, I was reminded of it, and I knew the two would be the perfect pair. The modern, clean table in front of the sweet, tufted sofa was the mix I crave, and the scale was spot on. But, the thing is $500. Now, I could justify spending that on a table that was going to be in one of the adult living areas, but to spend that kind of money on something that was likely going to be painted on, spilled on, written on – no way. Plus, while the honed stone is gorgeous, it’s probably not great around my rather clumsy daughter.
So, when I came across this image on Pinterest, I decided to search for a basket and attempt a DIY. It’s certainly not as stunning as the CB2 table, but I knew it would give a similar mix and be a fraction of the cost. A few days later I happened upon a big basket at Target in the storage section I searched online but couldn’t find the exact one and finding the perfect basket set this project into motion.
I picked up an MDF board from Home Depot and Micah got to work cutting out the top. The boards come 4×8′, so I had it cut at the store into two 3×4’s to make it easier to work with (and get home). Micah found the center of the board and placed a screw in part way. Then he tied a string around it and the other end around a pencil to draw out a perfect circle. We made our top 3′ in diameter.
To cut out the circle, Micah used a jigsaw. As he cut, I went ahead with the shop vac to suck up all of the sawdust: a handy tip for when you’re working inside. He sanded the edges with a palm sander, and then I painted the top and bottom with a coat of primer and two coats of Rustoleum’s Protective Enamel. It’s important to let the paint dry about 24 hours before flipping to the other side, so while the process is easy, it’s a bit slow.
Once the paint was cured we attached the base. First, Micah removed the handles from the basket.
Then we centered the basket on the top’s underside.
These are the plates and screws we used to attach the two.
The plates will bend slightly as you tighten.
We used 4 plates to secure.
And that’s it. For about $50 all in, we have a nice-looking table that the kids can enjoy, and I don’t have to worry about. We’ve been busy making some other changes to this room, and I’ll be back next week to share.
Thank you to all who entered the Rug Pad USA giveaway. The winner is Brittany Cramer – congrats!