DIY Brickmaker’s Coffee Table – Restoration Hardware Inspired

You have all been so patient!

Since we posted the reveal of our Restoration Hardware Inspired DIY Brickmaker’s Coffee Table, a few of you have emailed and messaged asking when the DIY post would be up.

Well, here it is!

Better late than never, right?



My hubby Dean works in sheet metal for those of you who are new around here. BUT for this coffee table we wanted to come up with a metal-looking option that didn’t actually require metal, or your very own sheet metal worker!

So our table is made entirely of wood – legs and all!

DIY Brickmaker’s Coffee Table

brickmaker's table dimensions


  • 4 – 2″x6″x8′ pine
  • 2 – 2″x2″x8′ pine
  • 2 – 2″x2″x8′ pine
  • 1 – 2″x2″x4′ pine
  • 4 – 3/8″ plated hex bolts, 1 1/2″ long
  • finishing nails
  • #8 flathead screws 2 1/2″ long
  • dark walnut stain
  • white paint
  • water
  • grey stain
  • Rustoleum Metallic Accents paint in rich brown

Cut List

  • 8 – 2″x6″x45″ pine (table top)
  • 4 – 2″x2″x45″ pine (top and bottom of frame)
  • 4 – 2″x2″x42″ pine (top and bottom of frame)
  • 4 –  2″x2″x11″ pine (legs)


  • measuring tape
  • pencil
  • compound miter saw
  • hammer
  • drill & drill bits
  • 7/8″ spade bit
  • paint brushes


1. Once your materials are cut to size, build two squares from the 2″x2″x43″s and 2″x2″x45″s. Simply nail together with finishing nails and hammer. This will be the top and bottom of the “metal” frame.

top and bottom base

2. Add vertical pieces (legs) as shown below, also affixing with nails.

top and bottom with legs

3. Begin adding top pieces as shown, adding screws from bottom so they aren’t seen. Leave 1/8″ between each board.

adding top

adding top 2

4. To add hex bolts, after assembly pre-drill 1/8″ holes into tabletop’s side 12 1/2″ from end. Repeat at other end. Repeat for two holes on opposite side. This is to guide the larger holes. Using spade bit centered on 1/8″ holes, drill 1/2″ depth to sink hex bolt. Then using 3/8″ drill bit, pre-drill the bolt hole. See photo below.

hex bolts

Finishing Instructions

The finish on this table is what makes it extraordinary, in my opinion. The legs are painted to look like metal and the top is coated with several layers of stain and white/grey washes.

1. Paint base and legs with Rustoleum Metallic Accents paint in rich brown. Apply two coats if necessary. Let dry.

painted legs unfinished top

2. Dark stain the table top using the dark walnut. Let dry.

3. Apply a coat of grey stain. Let dry.

4. Mix about a tablespoon of white paint into about a 1/2 cup of water. Use this to white wash over the stained table top boards. Let dry. Repeat if necessary.

stain and whitewash

And that is  – finally  – the DIY Brickmaker’s Table tutorial!

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  1. says

    That is AMAZING! From the pic of them side by side I really couldn’t tell the difference. Back to the hardware store I go! Thanks for sharing :)
    Hugs & Blessings …

  2. says

    Wow! I am in awe of this table. Saw it the other day on Instagram and then just saw it again on An Upcycled Link Party and I had to come check it out. I am for sure pinning this one….I absolutely love the color you got from staining this so I am for sure going to use that possibly on my future DIY dining table.

  3. says

    This is great! I just made it. Although, I had to add L braces on the angles, and add screws on the bottom. (You can’t see any of them so it was no biggie) Finishing nails were not solid at all. Did you have this issue?

    • says

      No we didn’t have that issue. And our table is well used with homeschool books or feet propped up on it all the time! I’m glad you found a solution.

  4. carolyn halloran says

    I’m so excited to have found this DIY. Have been swooning over this table ever since I saw it at RH. My husband found some old thick, tongue and groove boards from an old stable in his wood stash! Woo-hoo! TY for the post! Will send you pics of the finished product!

  5. Charlie C says

    Great post!! Thank you for the step by step instruction. I actually started mine couple days ago but somehow I found it difficult to nail the frame together (almost broke the 2×2 and the nail still did not want to get in!) So I opted to screw instead of nails. I might have used the wrong nail though, would you mind to let me know what brand and spec of nail you were using?

    Anyway, thank you again for the post!

          • Charlie C says

            Hi Shannon,

            I’ve finished the step of putting a layer of dark walnut stain, I used Rust-Oleum Dark Walnut. The finish came out really creamy and thick (pretty much like paint) and is far different than yours. Would you mind let me know what brand and type of stain you were using?


            Charlie C

          • says

            If you used a water based stain it will be thick and creamy like paint. I used Minwax oil-based stain. Always do. It sticks like crazy but it’s SO good!

  6. Nicole says

    Thanks for the inspiration and details! I made this last week altering the size a bit and adding wood across the bottom.
    We are loving it!!!!
    I’d love to share a pic, but I don’t know how 😉

  7. Alyssa says

    Thank you much for this! We just built the table and love it! But we are having an issue with sap still coming out of the wood. I was going to add another polyurethane coat on it, but wanted to see if you have any other suggestions.

  8. Kyrstyn says

    Hey Shannon what an amazing diy Thankyou I’m just curious what brand you used for the dark walnut and also the black you used on the base!!

    • says

      I always use Minwax Dark Walnut. As the post describes the legs and base are painted with Rustoleum Metallic Accents paint in rich brown. :)

  9. Cynthia says

    Hi Shannon!
    I’m a new subscriber to your site and I adore DIY! In fact, my current coffee table is a DIY from Christopher Lowell back when. I’m kind of getting tired of it (just admitting that makes me feel like I’m betraying an old friend) and this project makes me drool. I’m learning to use all the tools my husband has, but sometimes I still need his help. :) Anyway, thanks so much for the beautiful project!

  10. Dolores says

    Hi, Thank you for share this amazing project!
    I’m about to do the same finish on a DIY table and was wondering if you seal it with any wax or polyurethane.
    Thank you!