This floating coffee table would be a great addition to any living room. The style of this coffee table leans toward modern with its clean lines and the illusion that it’s floating in mid air but the use of reclaimed wood (or faux reclaimed wood) makes this coffee table blend nicely with any style.
I ran into a little problem though. The 3 boards on the top started to cup and it really frustrated me. So what I end up doing was taking those off and replacing them with actual reclaimed wood. I’m very happy with how it turned out but wanted to include photos of the coffee table before I did that since that is what this design is based on. Scroll through to see how this table came together and the changes I had to make.
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How to build a Modern Floating Coffee Table
These free and easy DIY plans will walk you through, step by step, exactly how to build a modern floating coffee table with reclaimed wood (or faux reclaimed wood). No woodworking experience required.
Even though this was stock lumber we really wanted this to look like reclaimed lumber. We mixed steel wool and vinegar (just enough to cover the steel wool) and let it sit for two days. This creates a rusty solution that will give the wood that aged look. Then we used a 4 in. Drill Mount Quick-Strip Wire Brush to strip away all the soft wood which raises the grain to create a more three dimensional, weathered finish. After that we lightly sanded and applied the steel wool vinegar mix to all the 1×10 cladding.
The problem is, that we applied a lot to the top…. and then left it out in the sun.. in Gerogia.. in the middle of summer. Sure enough, the top 3 boards started to cup like crazy. If you look closely in the pictures at the beginning of this post you’ll notice. I included these pictures because that was how the design was supposed to go. After much frustration I pulled them off and cut the longer side boards down 3/4″ and laid actual reclaimed wood down for the top. I love how it turned out!
To give it a cohesive look we stained the entire table using sunbleached wood stain from Varathane. This brought the colors of the new wood and old wood together and looks amazing! Thank you Rustoleum/Varathane for saving the day!
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Rustoleum. While I received compensation for including their products I was going to anyway (but don’t tell them that ;)) and all the opinions are mine.
As always, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to comment below and especially don’t forget to post pictures of your finished products in the comments! ENJOY!