Back in September we said goodbye to our leather ottoman in favor of creating our coffee table that I am introducing to you now. Our dark brown ottoman was starting to get a little boring and we really wanted to wait till we found the right option for our living room space. The other ottoman was so delicate and I really wanted my little guy to be able to drive his trucks and trains on the coffee table without tearing the leather. PLUS, I was tired of wiping little finger prints off of it every day!!! So naturally we found a good home for it when we sold it on Craigslist the very next day. I think we sold it for more than we bought it for. He, he, he….
Our new coffee table is definitely a unique one of a kind piece. That’s the way we roll here. Strolling though our favorite antique store a few months ago, I noticed these antique CN Railroad file boxes. They caught my eye right away, and I knew exactly what to do with them. Besides get them straight into my vehicle. Drool, drool….
The above picture is one of the original labels that was stuck on the back of one of the boxes. Pretty neat huh? I have to say it was hard to take off as it would have been nice to keep it. I would have saved it, but it basically peeled off in pieces.
The first step to creating this beauty was to get each individual box to stick together. Mr. Holmsey accomplished this by screwing the boxes together with several one inch screws.
To make the legs for it to stand on, we shaped some aged 3×4’s in the shape of a I. This gave the piece sturdiness that it needed to hold it all together. These were just screwed into the frames of the boxes.
When I plan to create a piece of DIY furniture in my home, I think about two things. Functionality, and creativity. The CN Rail boxes had to serve me in regards to storing items such as games, books, some toys, remotes, etc.
The next biggest thing for me is the piece must be unique, rare to others, and be made strong to stand the test of time. I could easily go out to a store and find some great coffee table, but I would rather have a piece that no one else has, and usually in the end costs me less to make it myself. It only took a few hours to make too!
Now look at my son. He has a great new surface to play trains… and he looks very happy!
This table has given our living room so much organization and order in our home. I encourage you think creatively when you are looking for a piece of furniture for your home that will provide a great sense of calm when everything is tucked inside in the drawers…
as well as, a great looking piece I might add?