Build Your Own Factory Cart Coffee Table

I am so excited to share my Factory Cart Coffee Table reveal today. This is a basic, beginner level project. I used my Ryobi Table Saw (I love that thing), but you could make your cuts with a circular saw (or ask the guys at Home Depot or Lowes to cut the boards for you).

Don’t you just love these castors? You couldn’t buy these castors, this size for the price I got the entire cart for.

Castors Antique Cart

Ana White has plans on her site that I used as a rough guide. If you don’t want to buy a cart, or can’t find one, you can use these plans to create a base to attach castors to.

I started out by cutting cross supports the length of the cart top

Cross Beams

After determining the height I wanted the coffee table I changed my plan and used a scrap 2×4 I had for my base

Beginning Frame Coffee Table

I attached the front and back pieces first, and then added the cross supports. In the end I wanted my table top to have a slight overhang so I attached them flush with the top of the boards

Frame Factory Cart Coffee Table

Then I attached the sides. I counter sunk all the screws since I knew I would fill them with stainable wood filler when I was finished. I think it gives the table a more rustic look.

Counter sink screws I also did this for the top. I measured a straight line where I knew a support was underneath. I placed one screw in the center of each board and then used my finishing nailer for extra strength. I used a lot of glue too.

Here is the finished table after I filled the holes

Built Coffee Table

Next I sanded with 120 grit paper to get all the extra wood filler off the boards and make them nice and smooth. I also rounded the edges just a bit

Sanded Coffee Table I made sure to let as many knots in the wood show…again making it feel a little more industrial or rustic.

I chose dark walnut stain by minwax (1 coat) and finished the table with 2 coats of polyurethane. I sanded with a very fine sanding block in between each coat of poly. I also prepped the table with wood conditioner.

Stained coffee table

I love how this table turned out!!

Factory Cart Coffee Table DIY

Factory Cart Coffee Table Close Up

The wheels look a little lighter in these pictures, but they are more true to what you see in the outdoor pictures.

Factory Cart Coffee Table

The finish turned out beautiful!

Pinterest Coffee Table Factory Cart

If you are thinking of taking that leap into your first DIY build…this would be the perfect project. It’s basically my third big project. My first was my farmhouse table. Next, I made the raised wooden cooler for my husband for Father’s Day. And now this coffee table. If I can do it, you definitely can!!

Head over to my linky party Weekend Beautiful and link up your projects. I would love to see what you have been up to!! 

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End Table Reveal: Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Well, I am happy to announce that my End Table Project was a success!! Yay, and I LOVE Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP)!!

As I mentioned in my previous post yesterday, I used French Linen and Clear Wax.

Paint ASCP

I was kind of freaking out through this project because of that weird material on the tops of each level of the table. Still don’t know what it is!! During a brief walk through Urban Ore today I saw it again on another table!! So curious to figure this out.

Anyway after the first coat of paint, it did not look good!! I figured this table was toast!

Paint Coat 1

I wasn’t exactly sure what this paint was supposed to look like after one coat, or if I should expect to need two coats.

End Table Water Damage

See how splotchy it looks? Is splotchy a word?

So I painted another coat…the great thing is this paint dries very fast! It goes on so smoothly…but the longer you work and the longer the paint can is exposed to air, the thicker it gets. I think this is something you can do intentionally to thicken up the paint if you desire.

Paint Coat 2

A second coat was much better and when it dried, you could not even see the water marks. BUT…and that’s a big but, as soon as I started waxing, they came back! :-(

I let the paint dry for 24 hours before waxing.

Then I remembered something I had read online about mixing the paint with the wax to tint it. So for the table top areas I mixed 1 part paint to 1 part wax…and it worked like a charm!! Watermarks gone!

In my (very limited) experience, when it comes to waxing, think thin to win…but not too thin. If you are too conservative, you will see streaks (easy fix….just add more wax). The furniture should feel essentially dry as soon as the wax is rubbed in. Rub in a circular motion, almost like rubbing lotion into skin…you don’t wanna have any excess wax sitting on the piece. Then let it cure for at least 24 hours.

And here is the finished product!!

End Table 3

I distressed lightly with sandpaper after the paint dried 24 hours and before waxing. I did read that a lot of people distress after they wax to minimize dust. Annie Sloan said so herself!!

End Table 4

Handles were spray painted with Rustoleum Amber Bronze. I love that spray paint!! Read more about that here.

End Table 5

The feeling of a waxed piece of furniture is so wonderful…if you haven’t experienced it, you gotta check it out!

End Table 1

I can’t wait to get started on my next chalk paint project (although I am also dying to try milk paint too).

I think I am also sold on chalk paint for my corner cabinets. A brief update on this project: I am done with one cabinet and it has been sitting in my dining room for about a month. I look at it every day, but I am not 100% in love…pretty in love, but not head over heels. I think it’s the color. I am planning to repaint and then move onto finishing the second cabinet and will reveal the finished cabinets soon!!

Have you used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint? Homemade Chalk Paint? Milk Paint? If you have any tips to share, please do!!

What do you think of my end table? I would love your feedback!!

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