DIY Wooden Table

DIY Wooden Table

By Natalie SPENCE

APRIL 2014



Natural wooden furniture can really create a nice rustic touch and earthiness to your home. It is the go-to choice for those who enjoy natural, yet chic furniture. Wooden furniture is really quite neutral and there are some unique pieces that are seemingly one of a kind with different shapes, textures and shades. While they look great, they can be costly. The good news is that they make for a really fun, affordable DIY project.



Crate & Barrel, $551.71

splurge driftwood table

This DIY project is a driftwood table inspired by the one above. The table will look majestic in your living room, or outdoors on a back porch if you choose a plywood tabletop. Many driftwood tables can cost an arm and a leg, but follow these easy steps and you can have your own, for a fraction of the price. You will need the following:


  1. Driftwood
  2. Plywood or sturdy glass for tabletop
  3. Drill
  4. Screws
  5. Wood glue
  6. White chalk paint or spray paint (optional)
  7. Level
  8. Small pieces of wood for leveling


First, look for pieces of wood that are sturdy but are also aesthetically pleasing to the eyes. Make sure the wood is fully dried. You’ll have to find pieces of wood from what you’ve collected that will fit together and will be stable. Once you’ve figured out all the pieces and where you want them, you can begin attaching them using the drill. You’ll also want to frequently place a level across the top pieces to keep them level for the tabletop.

 number 1

 number 2

number 3 finished base

The next step is painting the wood and giving it time to dry, this is optional. If you want a more natural and organic look, keep the wood in its natural state. In this case, you can use a clear sealant as an option on the wood to protect it from chips and scratches. If you want something slightly more chic, go ahead and use the white chalk paint or spray paint. Make sure you purchase at least two cans because the wood will soak up the paint, however, using a primer will make this less of an issue; let it dry in between coats.

 number 4

After drying, lay the tabletop on the base and make sure it is level. If it isn’t, you may need to add small wooden squares to raise it by using wood glue on the top and bottom blocks and then attach them to the uneven spots. Next, prime and paint your tabletop if you decide to use plywood. Lastly, place your tabletop of choice on the base.

 number 5 completed table