Fast Fix: Living Rooms

Build a Factory Cart Coffee Table

Add updated style to your living room with this DIY coffee table. Featuring an optional reclaimed wood top and caster wheels, this step-by-step project proves factory style — without the price — is obtainable by anyone.

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Industrial Coffee Table

Materials Needed:

  • 12' 1x6 pine boards (2)
  • 8' 2x4 pine boards (2)
  • 14' 1x8 pine board
  • 2" wood screws (50)
  • 2" finish nails (50)
  • small tube wood glue
  • small tube wood filler
  • quart stain or 2 quarts flat paint
  • paintbrush or staining rags
  • spray can interior clear coat
  • sandpaper in medium and fine grits
  • measuring tape
  • carpenter's square
  • drill with countersink bit
  • hammer
  • saw Tip: Many hardware stores will make cuts complimentary with the purchase of lumber.


Overall dimensions are 59 inches wide, 36 inches high and 8 inches deep.

Cut List

1x8 boards cut at 43" (long aprons, 2 boards)
1x8 boards cut at 31 1/2" (short aprons, 2 boards)
2x4 boards cut at 31 1/2" (dividers, 2 boards)
2x4 boards cut at 41 1/2" (long shelf, 3 boards)
1x6 boards cut at 34" (small shelves, 8 boards)

Getting Started

Select boards that are straight. Tip: Pretend board is an arrow on a bow and look down the length of board to see if it is straight. Tip: For added character, select boards that are rustic in nature with imperfections, cracks and knots. To save time, have hardware store cut boards as directed in cut list. Work on a clean level surface large enough for the project and always wear safety glasses and ensure proper ventilation when painting.

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