Building a “Milk Crate” coffee table

An easy “Do-It-Yourself” project is this coffee table. This is not a new idea and it has been done over and over again by others.

My Minnesota daughter found the idea on Pinterest and promptly let me know that this was something that she would like me to make for her. I pinned it to my Pinterest board for a time when I could make it. Her 9th Anniversary was this month and I thought this would be the perfect time.

Home Depot had a sale going a few months back on wooden crates, so I bought them, and set them aside. They were a bit heavier in construction than the ones I saw at Michaels. Better for a coffee table!

I had the conversation of “if” and “when” I would make it … would she like it painted or stained? And what color paint or stain? She decided she wanted a dark stain which was perfect, as I had Jacobean by Minwax, on hand.  This is the first project that my mother has seen me work on so I had company while I was making it.

I have plywood of all shapes and sizes left over from various projects so I didn’t have to buy a special piece to use as a base and I purchased swivel casters to make it easier for my daughter to move when she was vacuuming or exercising.

Stagger the milk crates and screw them onto your 1/2 inch plywood.

Hide said gift around the corner, in the downstairs, so that the surprise is not found.

This child of mine finds everything before she is supposed to see it!

I added 4 “L” brackets, for a piece of plywood to sit on in the middle, and then decorated it with rocks and a candle that is battery operated.

No burns for my grand daughter!

Finished and ready to be delivered.

The little one has already deemed this a fire pit for her toys. Hahahahahaha.

Hope this finds you having a GREAT day!

7 Responses to "Building a “Milk Crate” coffee table"

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  1. jane@Bluebird1959

    March 10, 2015 at 5:57 PM

    Your crates turned coffee table is fantastic! How cute that your granddaughter uses it as a “firepit.” Great job! Jane

  2. Joy2Journey

    March 11, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    Thank you so much Jane! It is good to see things being used even if it wasn’t how you pictured it. Hahahaha.

  3. Wendi @ H2OBungalow

    March 15, 2015 at 8:05 PM

    Nice project and love the candle in the middle! Stopping by from the DIY Sunday Showcase:) Thank you for linking up this week!

  4. Sue

    July 4, 2017 at 9:27 AM

    You make it look so easy while other sites make it look more difficult. Love the dark stain and the L bracket idea. This summers’ project for sure. thanks.

  5. Joy2Journey

    October 7, 2018 at 5:04 PM

    Did you make it? Would love for you to email me a photo!!!

  6. Danielle

    April 10, 2021 at 10:46 AM

    Hello, what size were the crates you used?

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