I have been so excited to share the tutorial for my new lacquered grasscloth coffee table with you all, and today is the day!
I’ve been seeing coffee tables with lacquered woven coverings a few different places lately, like Bungalow 5 and Serena & Lily. They carry a pretty hefty price tag, though, and I could not get the idea of making one myself out of my head.
I know this is very shocking. When you have recovered we’ll continue. ;)
It pretty much combines my two biggest DIY loves – building and upholstering, even though the upholstering in this case is done with paper.
You got your first peek of the new table last week when my Home Depot Holiday Style Challenge went live.
I took design inspiration for the legs from this Worlds Away coffee table, as well as pieces a couple of my blog friends have made recently – nesting marble coffee tables by Sarah Dorsey and an emerald green bar cabinet by Kristin Cadwallader.
The building of the table was really pretty simple. I was even a little surprised how quickly I had it ready to be covered!
To build the table I purchased:
- Three 8′ 2×2 pine boards
- Two 8′ 1×2 pine boards
- One sheet of 3/4″ plywood cut to 48″ square (I had this done for me at Home Depot)
To apply, I used the foam brush to spread wallpaper paste over the section to be covered, then pressed the grasscloth into place and smoothed with the plastic smoothing tool. I added staples to the undersides of any hidden sections as well. I used this same process for each section.
I used a pencil point to poke a hole where the corner under the paper joined together.
Julia @cuckoo4design says
Speechless, it’s just so so so good!
Haha – thank you! Speechless?! That’s definitely something ;)
Ashley Mayes says
Love how this turned out! Just beautiful!
Thanks, Ashley! I really, really love it too. It’s just how I hoped it would turn out, which is always a good feeling :)
Cassie Bustamante says
OHMYWOW. so let’s start a commune of creatives and then we can all trade services, ok?
That would be AMAZING. Can you even imagine?!
Cassie Bustamante says
i think the tribe is a good place to start.
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This is just gorgeous and such a fabulous tutorial too.
Thank you, Marty! I am truly thrilled at how it came out. My girls love to lie under it too and treat it like a little fort :)
This turned out so well! I love the shape. I am grassclothing my dining room!!
Funny – I just finished grassclothing my dining room! I’m hooked on the texture, just love it.
Pam @ Simple Details says
Holy moly, this is SO impressive, Jen! I love how your beautiful room is coming together, it’s the perfect piece!
Thank you, Pam! It’s definitely one little step at a time over here but I really love how it’s all coming together too, and maybe especially the new coffee table. And the spool chairs :)
Kristin Strickler Cadwallader says
Wow! Amazing! Your furniture building skills are on the next level :)
Says the lady who built that bar cabinet :) Thanks, sweets!
sarah m dorsey says
Wow!! Super impressive (the base is so complicated for upholstering!!) amazing job :) Thanks for the link too!! I’d love to give this a try sometime (maybe that’s what I’ll do with my turquoise grasscloth!)
There you go – perfect idea for extra grasscloth! I saw Serena and Lily makes a side table version too – am rolling that over in my head right now for a project down the road :)
Charlotte Smith says
I’m went through 3 stages of anxiety and exhaustion just reading this! So beautiful!! You’re a MUCH more patient woman that I… it looks AMAZING.
Hilarious :) It did test my patience a little, but honestly was better than I expected. It was like a giant puzzle, and I kind of like figuring out things like that.
Gwen, The Makerista says
This is sooo incredible! Pinning away!
Thanks, Gwen, so nice!
Utterly amazing!!!! I’m now wishing I live in the Boston area so I could score a custom piece by you.
Seriously WHY DO YOU NOT LIVE HERE?!
Amber @ Wills Casa says
You did an incredible job!! I love the texture of the coffee. It’s a genius idea!
Thanks, girl! It’s one of favorite design build pieces to date. Maybe my top favorite even.
Katja | Shift Ctrl ART says
That is such a chic and stylish table. I love the grass cloth texture you added. I am so impressed with how good it looks. Love the scale of it!! Awesome DIY!!
Thanks, Katja! I really love how it came out. In typical fashion, I now want grasscloth everything…
Danielle Driscoll says
I LOVE how this came out. Gorgeous, Jen. x
Thanks so much, Danielle! I love it too :) It fits the family room SO much better than what was here before, it’s really changed the look of the whole room.
Caitlin @ Desert Domicile says
Your coffee table is so gorgeous Jen! I have to ask: where’d you get your chairs (both sets)? I’m looking for some new ones but can’t find any like yours and I love them!
Thanks, Caitlin! I bought the gray chairs from Joss and Main about a year ago, but I’ve seen them pop again there since. The maker was Lowrey and Lane and the chair was called the Charlotte Armchair. The spool chairs were a Home Goods find about a month ago. I’ve loved that style for ages. Z Gallerie and Land of Nod make spool chairs too, less expensive than most you’ll find but Home Goods was definitely the cheapest. I know some other people saw them at their local stores so it would be worth checking out!
Carmel Phillips says
This is amazing! I LOVE it!
Thank you, Carmel :) I REALLY love it too. Maybe too much. I was drinking red wine the other night and was about to put my glass down and had this “Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh maybe I shouldn’t do that” moment!
Whoa! That’s some seriously impressive work there! I was following along, thinking, “yeah, I think we could do that” until you got to the grasscloth part….I think mine would look very much like a kindergartener’s table if I tried that ;). I love it!
Well it was a little tedious, but I actually kind of enjoyed the puzzle of it all. I have an odd side to my personality that is very drawn to precise work :) Thanks, Gretchen!
SO gorgeous Jen!
I love it all! and I love that rug too- can you tell me where you got it?
The rug was from Pottery Barn year ago – they don’t carry it anymore :(
That coffee table is gorgeous! You did a fantastic job! And that is such a creative idea.
Thanks so much, Ashley!
Seriously! You and Sarah make me want to hide in a corner and never come out again! this is so good my friend. Its so gorgeous. Love the grasscloth and have I mentioned how much I loooove those spindle chairs. Im on the hunt for a black one like nobodys business. Thanks for sharing sweets.
You are so funny :) Don’t you dare go hide in a corner. As if!
Brynne Delerson says
This is such an amazing and impressive DIY! I’m floored! Way to go girl!!!
Thanks so much, Brynne. Such a nice comment. At the risk of sounding conceited, I do LOVE how it came out :)
This is amazing and I would like to try it myself! Would you share the brand name of the lacquer? I know you said liquid not spray, but I just want to make sure I do this right!