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DIY Coffee Table

BY MARTIN AMADO ON JANUARY 11TH, 2018

DIY Coffee TableSometimes the more simple a project is, the better it looks. During one of my makeovers I met a homeowner who had found an old wine barrel on her property. It was weathered and, I admit, it did have character, but it didn’t quite look right in the room as-is.  It looked, well, old. She was using it as a coffee table in the family room and was stern on wanting to keep it, so what was the solution? I added a 30” glass top with a beveled edge!  It made a world of difference!  Not only did it transform the look, but it also made it purposeful and more useful as a coffee table without detracting from the wine barrel. It reflected that perfect combination of “old and new,” which transformed a found object into a statement piece in the home.

Glass tops are usually sold separately by furniture stores, so don’t hesitate to inquire if you see a size you like on an existing base. Shopping at thrift stores, garage sales, and flea markets is another way to find old end tables/coffee tables with a glass top. My suggestion is to have the glass mimic the shape of the base and allow for a 2 to 3-inch overhang. By keeping the shapes consistent, the two pieces will look more cohesive and in harmony.

Needless to say, the homeowner was happy I made it work.