Upcycled Coffee Table to Display Your CollectionBy Judy Rom of Upcycle That

Do you have a gorgeous and treasured collection? Perhaps it’s a collection of prized He-Man figurines or semi-precious crystals that you have collected over the years. Wouldn’t it be great to showcase these items in a functional and beautiful way? That’s where this upcycled coffee table shines. It was made from an old dresser drawer. The drawer is lined with blue velvet, which makes it perfect for displaying a collection like these vintage stir sticks. It’s easy to make a coffee table like this for your home.

Coffee Table

You will need:

  • 1 X large dresser drawer with insert drawers that pull out
  • Velvet (optional)
  • Cardboard (optional)
  • Tape (optional)
  • A piece of glass cut to fit
  • Silicone
  • 4 X steel hairpin legs (12”)
  • Spray paint
  • 12 X 1/2" wood screws
  • A drill

Step 1: The first thing you will need to do is find a drawer to upcycle. This project is great because you get to re-use a loose drawer from a dresser that isn’t otherwise being used. We found this drawer at our local thrift shop.

Optional step: Our drawer came with blue velvet inlaid already. If you don’t find a drawer like that, it’s easy to add your own velvet or fabric. Simply cut a piece of cardboard to the size of the bottom of the drawer and wrap your fabric around it like you’re wrapping a present. Tuck the fabric corners at the bottom side of the cardboard and secure with tape. Then place your velvet inserts at the bottom of the drawer.

Coffee Table

Step 2: The sheet of glass is what transforms this drawer into a functional coffee table. Head to your local glass shop and have them cut a sheet of glass to fit the top of your drawer.

Step 3: Using silicone, glue the sheet of glass to the top of the drawer frame. This ensures that the glass won’t fall out and break if the table gets moved around.

Coffee Table

Step 4: Prepare your coffee table legs. We love mid-century modern style so we chose to use 12” steel hairpin legs for our table. Steel will rust if left untreated, so spray your hairpin legs with spray paint to seal them and get the look you like. Allow your coffee table legs to fully dry.

Coffee Table

Step 5: Once the legs are dry, screw them onto the bottom of the table using a drill. Make sure that the screws aren’t too long that they poke through the bottom and interrupt the drawer movement. For our coffee table we used 1/2” long screws so that the drawers would be able to open and close smoothly, without getting stuck on the screws.

Step 6: Display your favourite collection in the drawers and admire your new coffee table.

Coffee Table