Yep. It happened! You can probably tell from the title of this post that we finally turned our old vintage card catalog into a DIY coffee table. Eeeeek!! I’ve been talking about doing this project for a while now, but it was one of those things that just never happened for one reason or another. But this past weekend I was actually spending some time with dad and he was sweet enough to help me put legs on this old beauty, which turned it into the coolest coffee table in all the land. I can’t wait to show you guys!! Here’s how it looked before:
And here’s how it looks now:
Isn’t that the cutes little coffee table you ever saw?! I’m in LOVE with it. And it was actually a pretty easy project. My dad and I simply added a few boards to the bottom of it so we could screw in the table legs. Here’s a bit of the process:
So the tricky part of this project was that the bottom of the card catalog was not flat or whole, as you can see (the drawers are out in the photo above). It was basically two small boards on the bottom–that was it. So we decided to add an additional board so we’d have something to screw the legs to.
Then we simply drilled a small hole for the legs and screwed them into place. We made the hole slightly smaller so it would be nice and snug. And we also put a good dollop of wood glue in there to help secure the legs even further. We also could have nailed them into place, but we decided this was good enough!
Bada boom bada bing. DONE!!
I can still remember the day I found this old card catalog. It was hidden under a table at an antique store and I was on my last loop around the place when I spotted it. I almost missed it actually! But thank goodness I noticed it tucked away–it’s one of my best vintage finds ever. If I remember right I paid $130 for it.
I think it’s safe to say this is my favorite DIY/repurpose-y project we have ever done. That card catalog just wasn’t quite tall enough to be a coffee table without those legs, so now it’s perfect and it looks like the real deal. And I’m so glad my dad could help me with this project–it makes this little coffee table even more special, which is a double win in my book.
Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my new fancy schmancy DIY vintage card catalog coffee table. Here’s a few other similar projects you might enjoy: