reclaimed wood coffee table {& a little rearranging!}

reclaimed wood coffee table

after coming home from craft weekend, i was so inspired to get moving on some projects i’ve been hesitant to start.

and after christmas, it was time to rearrange my living room furniture to take place of the missing tree, so one project lead happily to another.

reclaimed wood coffee table

 i was ready to rearrange my living room furniture, but the empty space in front of the windows was hard to fill.

reclaimed wood coffee table

 this vintage baby crib has been in our home for about 5 years, moving from the playroom to the front porch, to the back yard.

the spacing is a little tricky in my living room, with the front door opening right into it.  that and the fact that the playroom is right off the living room, and i have to have an open walkway to it.

the crib is the perfect size to fit the space – it can be centered in front of the windows and still leave room for a path across the room.  and with 2 large couches, a smaller piece of furniture was necessary to balance things out.

reclaimed wood coffee table

we also got a new rug.  we had a great jute rug that held up really well, but finally started to ravel apart after about 5 years.  i really wanted to get a rug from this site during their black friday sale, but i could not decide on a pattern!  i think a chevron or herringbone would look great, but i know that i would tire of it.   since  big ticket purchases aren’t something i make easily or often, i knew we needed something more neutral and classic.

this rug is from costco and was a great deal!  its about 8’x10′ and was just under $200.  it is really soft and plush (the kids love rolling around on it!).

but with this great expanse of floor, our other options for coffee tables seemed too dinky.  my parents were in town and my dad is always up for a good project so i asked him to help me make a big ol’ coffee table.  he said yes ;)

reclaimed wood coffee table

 we have a great local source for free weathered wood, and we’ve been stashing away wood for projects.  my mom also found these casters at a garage sale awhile back for me.  yes, my parents are awesome!

all of the wood was reclaimed, my favorite being the green painted skirt under the table top – that wood came all the way from my parents’ house, salvaged when their siding was replaced.

reclaimed wood coffee table

 somehow, despite making measurements, our first attempt at the coffee table was, well, huge.  like dance floor huge.

so we took a break, and then started over.  well, we took it apart a bit then cut it down, and put it back together.

reclaimed wood coffee table

 i love the final product!

i still need to sand it down a bit and slap a clear coat on it, but i’ll get to that eventually.

reclaimed wood coffee table

 we also built the table to a finished height of 20″, where the standard is closer to 16″.  the kids work at the coffee table a lot and their knees always bonk into it, so i raised the surface height a bit so its a better work surface.

reclaimed wood coffee table

 i love that this table will be able to serve a variety of functions and will work when i rearrange the furniture again, ’cause you know i will!

reclaimed wood coffee table

the best part of it all, besides spending a couple days of quality time with my dad?  the table was free.  yep.  F.R.E.E.



  1. 1

    Love your coffee table! Smart thinking to raise the height a bit for your kids. Love it!

  2. 2

    i love it all! Your home looks like love!! Your parents inspire me to be that kind of parent and grandparent… one day. I still have little ones at home but with little support … I Love hearing of those who really invest in their children’s lives. awesome. so awesome.

  3. 3

    I love it!! And I swear, the most beautiful word in the English language is free. It just rolls right off the tongue, haha.

  4. 4

    I love the idea of a taller coffee table.

  5. 5

    AMAZING! Look at all of that delicious light! HOLY COW! Gimme some of that sunshine!!!!!! Love this! Love the table so much! Great job! And love that baby crib too. That’s awesome!

  6. 6

    Gorgeous!! The coffee table is stunning and looks like something you could spend hundreds(and more) of dollars on in a high end design store!

  7. 7

    Love it!! I love the touches of color on it! It looks like it is an antique!! Great job!!

  8. 8

    I love your toy cart at the corner of your love seats/ couches…did you make it?

  9. 10

    Ahh!! That looks SO good! What fun parents you have! It is perfect for your space. Your home is beautiful & Free is the Best!! :-)

  10. 11

    LOVE this Lindsey!!!

  11. 12

    I’ve been waiting anxiously for this post! I was so excited to see that you built something to incorporate in your house! I just love it! Great job.

  12. 13

    The height is brilliant. Love that you can keep those chairs at the table for the kids to use.

  13. 14

    I really really adore your new coffee table – and how you made it to work for how your family lives!

    (And it sure doesn’t hurt that the workhorse of a table is CUTE and has so much personality!)

  14. 15

    This table is amazing! I wouldn’t be able to recreate this, but luckily i have a very talented bro-in-law who would be willing to give it a shot.

    Question about your couches…..LOVE the look of white, but i’m wondering how you keep them so clean. Do you use white slip covers that can be washed, or are the couches actually white??

    • 16

      oh they are definitely slip covers! i love that i can bleach them! but after 12+ years of bleaching, one of them is slowly falling apart, hence the white chenille bedcovers over them!

  15. 19

    That looks great Lindsay!!!

  16. 20

    Love it!

  17. 21

    it is JUST perfect! you are inspiring me to go get started on some home projects now!

  18. 22

    Hey Linds… Do you home-school at that table, or is that just a play table for them?

    • 23

      hey molly!
      we have only schooled there a little bit since we tend to stick to the playroom for school. and because the surface is so wonky, its a bit rough to write on. but they have sat at the table while we’ve read and they have drawn using a clipboard underneath.

  19. 24

    wow! how awesome love it

  20. 25

    It is absolutely perfect! I love it!

  21. 26

    The room looks darling. Love the new rug. I am in search for a new rug room my living room and was going to get a jute like your old one, but I just love how soft and comfy the new onw looks. I have three little ones who will be playing on it. DO you recommend the Costco one? DO you love it?

    • 27

      i actually do recommend it! i wasn’t sold on it at first as its a little “shiny”. but it is so thick and cushy and cozy that i quickly looked past that and love it now!

  22. 28

    I love it! The coffee table is amazing! I am jealous you have a source for free wood. I just spent top $$ for barn wood to make a dining room table. I love your blog :)

  23. 29

    Hey! I was wondering if you could tell me what sort of cushions you used on the old crib you have in your room. My husband made me one using an iron headboard and footboard. It fits our crib mattress perfectly but it is not very “cushion-y” I am looking for something different for it.


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