DIY: Modern to Industrial-Style Coffee Table

Since the home office / family room reveal, I’ve shared quite a few of the DIY projects that went into creating the room.  One in particular that I’ve been excited to share because it is an upcycled piece is the coffee table.

When initially thinking about the aesthetic for the room, I wanted to bring in some darker tones.  The walls are darker and rich, while all the white elements make a great layered contrast, but some texture, wood, and something deeper was still needed.  At the same time, I’m a big fan of industrial-style furniture and have always adored the varying patterns and “rough”, but somewhat refined look.  So…

Taking the modern glass-top table that has a dark metal frame,  I updated it to create the industrial-style table that I was desiring.

DIY: Modern to Industrial-Style Coffee Table.  Easy upgrade by removing glass and adding stained wood planks.  By @Jenna_Burger, sasinteriors.netHere’s a before shot…

DIY: Modern to Industrial-Style Coffee Table.  Easy upgrade by removing glass and adding stained wood planks.  By @Jenna_Burger, sasinteriors.net

Using something similar to this coffee table from Home Decorators, I decided to make my own using similar textured and stained wood.

Inspirational industrial style coffee table

Here’s what I did…

Using my mad-math skills, I determined how many planks I needed for the top surface (then doubled it for the bottom surface).  After triple checking my numbers (yes, I’ve made mistakes in the past- hehe), I figured out that I needed (2) 1 x 4’s and (2) 1 x 4’s  that needed to be trimmed (X2 – for the bottom surface).  Thanks to Lowe’s, they made all the cuts so I was ready to start working right away once I brought the wood home.

To get the look similar to the inspirational table, I used dark walnut stain.

DIY: Modern to Industrial-Style Coffee Table.  Easy upgrade by removing glass and adding stained wood planks.  By @Jenna_Burger, sasinteriors.net

Using a lint-free rag (confession: I think I used a towel, but it wasn’t the best choice.  lint-free it better), I added the stain and quickly (instantly) wiped it away.  If I had left the stain on the wood longer, more would have seeped into the grain resulting in a darker stain finish, which was not what I wanted.

DIY: Modern to Industrial-Style Coffee Table.  Easy upgrade by removing glass and adding stained wood planks.  By @Jenna_Burger, sasinteriors.net

Within just a few minutes, the staining was done.  Because the process was a simple ‘wipe-on wipe-off’, it went really fast. I let the planks fully dry for about 24 hours before bringing them into the house.

DIY: Modern to Industrial-Style Coffee Table.  Easy upgrade by removing glass and adding stained wood planks.  By @Jenna_Burger, sasinteriors.net

The next day, I took the glass out of the frame…

DIY: Modern to Industrial-Style Coffee Table.  Easy upgrade by removing glass and adding stained wood planks.  By @Jenna_Burger, sasinteriors.net

… and replaced it with the wood planks.

DIY: Modern to Industrial-Style Coffee Table.  Easy upgrade by removing glass and adding stained wood planks.  By @Jenna_Burger, sasinteriors.net

What a different look.  I was loving it right away!  Then it was time to style…

DIY: Modern to Industrial-Style Coffee Table.  Easy upgrade by removing glass and adding stained wood planks.  By @Jenna_Burger, sasinteriors.net

I just thought I’d add that the wood planks are only leaning on the metal frame.  They aren’t attached at all so if some point in the future I want it to be glass again, the switch back is easy!

DIY: Modern to Industrial-Style Coffee Table.  Easy upgrade by removing glass and adding stained wood planks.  By @Jenna_Burger, sasinteriors.net

Gorgeous accessories on top always complete the look.

And a huge basket underneath was the perfect storage solution for magazines.

DIY: Modern to Industrial-Style Coffee Table.  Easy upgrade by removing glass and adding stained wood planks.  By @Jenna_Burger, sasinteriors.net

Thanks for checking out my DIY update project where I took my once modern coffee table and made it into an industrial-style piece.  After having this coffee table for 10 years (originally purchased from Crate and Barrel), I’m thrilled that I was able to create a solution to continue using it instead of bringing in something new.

If you haven’t seen the rest of the space, it’s a must.  Click {here} to see it all!

Do you like industrial style furniture?  How have you upcycled a piece of furniture to change the look?

I link my projects to some of these parties: Skip to My Lou, Dittle Dattle, Between Naps on the Porch, Today’s Creative Blog, Stories of A to Z, All Things Heart & Home, House of Hepworths, Finding Fabulous, The Shabby Nest, Serenity Now, Tatertots and Jello, Thrifty Decor Chick, Tip Junkie


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  1. Jennifer says

    I love it. Once again, you have combined my 2 favorite looks. Earthy and industrial. I might even go so far as to add some small casters on the bottom. Great job!

  2. cissy says

    I love it and want to find a way to try it!! One question, in the top image it looks like one plank bows in from the right side, am I just seeing things?

    • Jenna says

      Thanks Cissy for the kind comments. Yes the wood plank is slightly bowed, but that’s the beauty of natural wood. So no, you’re not just seeing things…

  3. Bridget from SoCal says

    Terrific transformation! I have always loved industrial style. There is something very masculine and earthy about it, and yet it can look feminine and elegant too as you have demonstrated. This up-cycle works well for more casual households who sometimes like to plop their feet on top of the coffee table when relaxing too! Wise to tuck the glass away for now in case you want to switch out the looks to suit your mood or the occasion. (I once wrapped and stored a glass top under my sofa — and no one ever knew! You might even find a temporary use for it elsewhere.) If you find yourself wanting to dress the room in a more formal fashion, you can always slip in the glass again and choose different accessories to stage it. Or, you could use warm wood as your Autumn/Winter look, and the fresh crisp glass as your Spring/Summer look. Some folks are happy with the same old, same old year round. While other folks simply get bored, but cannot afford to go out and buy new stuff all the time. Rotating your favorite pieces or collections can make any home look fresh. Even if you did have the funds to replace it, this table has good bones as well as some history for you. I always like it when seasoning, sentimentality and style meet!

  4. says

    This looks amazing! I love the metal + wood look. My hubby actually made me a coffee table with a welded metal base and barn wood. Shhhh… we won’t tell him we could have made this project simpler for him.

    Stopping over from Pinterest. ;)

    • Jenna says

      haha, Kim! Glad to hear you like the look and have something similar. So nice of your husband to make one for you!

      Best,
      Jenna

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