Diy home decor projects: diy copper coffee table

Diy copper coffee table

Diy copper pipe coffee table

Step-by-step tutorial on how to make this useful and pretty diy coffee. This diy coffee table, made with copper pipes is perfect for giving an industrial touch to your lounge. Check it out!

This coffee table was the first diy project in my life. Since then, a world of opportunities have opened up and I've realised how diy can transform my home decor, and yours.

I'm going to give step by step instructions on how to make a copper pipe coffee table, and you'll see how easy it is!

When I started out looking for coffee tables for the lounge, I had 3 things clear:
  1. I wanted a table that was visually light, ideally with a glass top.
  2. It had to be long, like the rug.
  3. It had to have that something special.
With these ideas, I started looking and – surprise, surprise! - everything I liked, and that fulfilled the 3 criteria were either too expensive, or not available where I live. The story of my life – falling in love with wonderful pieces on the other side of the world.

I was taken with one table in particular, and I thought 'I swear that I could do that', so I got going. The final result doesn't actually look anything like the I saw originally, but I like it just the same (perhaps even more!).

Diy copper coffee table

Diy coffee table with copper pipes



The first thing I did was look for the glass top, and I found a new, 40x24 inch bit of glass with rounded corners for just over 30 dollars (and about the same in transport costs). It's a bargain, so I bought it. I worked out the sizes for everything else I'd need from the size of the glass, and went shopping for pipes.

Diy copper coffee table

The pieces are all for plumbing, and you can get them in hardware stores and in diy stores, so I went off and after spending about an hour going a bit crazy with confusion, I ended up getting these bits.
  • 2 x copper pipe 18mm x 85cm (3/4 x 34 in.)
  • 8 x copper pipe 18mm x 13cm (3/4 x 5 in.)
  • 1 x copper pipe 15mm x 85cm (1/2 x 34 in.)
  • 2 x copper pipe 15mm x 20cm (1/2 x 8 in.)
  • 4 x 90º copper elbows 18mm (3/4 in.)
  • 2 x 15mm (1/2 in.) copper tee
  • 4 x 18x15mm (3/4 in. x 1/2 in.) copper reducing tee
  • A tubing cutter

Diy copper coffee table

These three pieces give the copper coffee table chunky feet:
  • 4 x 18mm (3/4 in.) copper Pressure C x MPT Male Adapter
  • 4 x 1 in. x 3/4 in. brass MIP x FIP hex bushing
  • 4 x 1 in. brass compression cap
If you don't want the chunky feet buy this instead:
  • 4 x 18mm (3/4 in.) copper tube cap
The wooden shelf is made with planks that I 'robbed' from my dad's little warehouse/workshop of stuff found on the beach, so the old, distressed look is authentic. Whether you use old or new planks of wood for your diy copper coffee table, they've got to be 36 inches long and, between then, cover around 16 inches width. To hold them, you'll need 2 supports like this per shelf:

Diy copper coffee table

Once you've got everything together, it's time to get to work. The first thing is clean off the oily film that they put on to protect the tubes so that we can cut them. To cut them, we use, obviously, the tube cutter!

Diy copper coffee table

The tube cutter is a small tool and, as copper is a really soft metal, it's really easy to use. Simply, tighten the tubing cutter around the pipe. Hold the cutter with one hand and rotate the pipe with the other. When the pipe feels loose, tighten the cutter again and keep rotating until the pipe is completely cut. Cutting one tube takes less than a minute.

Diy copper coffee table

Diy copper coffee table

The tubes cut, put the pieces together like the picture above. Add some glue on the joins to make the structure stronger.

Done! You've now got the structure for your diy copper coffee table. The copper finish looks great, but I decided to give the copper an antique copper effect because it looks better with my carpet. You can do this with chemical products, but I went for painting it in case I change my mind in the future and I want to have the copper finish back.

Diy copper coffee table

So I painted a silver layer and then I aged it. I then used a layer of Florence Chalk Paint, which, once dry, I rubbed with a wet cloth to get the uneven look. I finished it off by waxing it to seal the paint.

Diy copper coffee table

To hold the planks in place, we nail one of the plastic support on each end of each plank in such a way that the support reaches the pipes at both ends. Do this if you don't want to be picking up the planks off the floor every couple of minutes!

Diy copper coffee table

Diy copper coffee table

Put the glass top on (to protect it, it's a good idea to put some of those clear sticky tears between the glass and the pipe as they'll stop things wobbling around) and, there you go! Your diy copper coffee table is ready to decorate.

2 comments:

  1. I saw a lot of copper pipe coffee table on blogs but this one is the best! It was such a great idea to use a glass top! An I love the finished color! Great work!

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