It is a pile of budget books stuck together with a chopping board on top – dead easy and totally fun!
The books will come from second hand stores and will either be stuck together with glue or drilled and plugged with a piece of wood. The easiest way to make a table top is using a chopping board which also keeps the cost right down!
We ended up completing our book coffee table over a few sessions. This worked out great as it gave us several easy date nights that did not require any planning and was a lot of fun for both of us!
Note: This part is not a mission! Do some additional shopping, grab a coffee, be romantic and have fun together. This sets the mood that you’re thinking of her.
An easy trick for getting a smooth table top is to just use a chopping board. We found a great one that only cost a few dollars in a store like Walmart. It looked a bit too much like a kitchen board but that is nothing a small tube of paint cannot solve!
Your hipster side table will last longer if you do both but you will require a power drill and a toilet roll stand
Yes that is right… a toilet stand!
Why? They are basically a wooden stand stuck into a base and make for a totally easy way to solve our problem. Just head to the Walmart’s bathroom section and pick one up for a few dollars
Lastly you will need a drill bit that is slightly larger than the wooden stand. We had to head to a hardware store to get one of these but they are not too expensive
You want the pile of books to look Designed not messy. Try several different orders for the stack and take a photo on your phone when you are happy with it
You can make it even easier by flipping the pile of book upside-down so that when you start building the base it is in the correct order
Drill a hole through the center of each book using a circular drill bit. It should be slightly larger than the wooden shaft. This can be hard to do at first but you will soon find your feet.
I did not think Amanda would get much into this part but she was totally excited about doing the drilling!
The outside of each hole will fray so use your utility knife to trim it flat
Do not worry about these looking a little messy as they will not be seen anyway.
Once all the holes are drilled try stacking the books on the stand to ensure you are happy with thefinal look of the table
The books will have swollen a little after the drilling so help flatten them again by resting something heavy on top while you have a break. The swelling actually helps keep the table top stable if they are at the right height by applying upward pressure onto the chopping board
Put the wooden chopping board on top of the book stack and drill a large screw into the wooden stand
If you want to be totally pro countersink the screw so it sits below the table surface and fill the hole with wood putty. This is optional though and you can totally go for a rough look table
You can totally skip this if you like the look of the wooden table top. We thought ours looked a little too much like a chopping board, and wanted something a little more creative, so we glued some old music sheets to the top. You could also use photos, letters, or a world map to give it a similar unique result!
After that you are all done! Remember this is a romantic date night not a mission so be happy to let her make lots of the decisions even if you feel they are not the best. After all if your hipster coffee table is only 80% awesome you still got to have a lot of fun together!