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Industrial Cart Coffee Table DIY

Do you get excited about finding cool junk, I do! Today I’m sharing a custom industrial cart coffee table – I’m not sure what it was in it’s former life – but we are loving it now. It had wheels and was made of metal – why not make a coffee table?

It’s time for our monthly Power Tool Challenge! It’s all about repurposing. Be sure to see all the projects at the end of the post!

My children and one of my grands love junking, so when my daughter found a new to us junk store near her home in Tennessee, nothing could hold us back from jumping in the car and heading over there. We actually took two cars, I think we anticipated a big haul! It’s hard to believe that was a year and a half ago, I can’t believe it took me so long to get to the project. You will see that the project below is super easy to do, it just took some thinking on my part. I kept looking at the bare metal cart swirling ideas around in my empty head, what can I use to make a top for this?

Repurposed – Industrial Coffee Table from a metal cart:

Repurposed - Industrial Coffee table DIY from junk store find at Refresh Restyle

I used part of a header that was removed when we completed the basement <<click. I made sure to tell the contractor that I wanted to keep any wood wasn’t being used! These 2″ x 12″ pieces of lumber made a perfect top for the coffee table. I love it when I don’t have to purchase anything.

Factory cart DIY rustic farmhouse coffee table at Refresh Restyle

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  • 2″ x 12″ lumber
  • 2″ x 2″ lumber
  • hearing protection
  • goggles
  • mask
  • jig saw
  • skill saw or miter saw that can cut a 12″ board
  • sander (make it smooth like butta)
  • Clear coat to seal in the rusted areas of the metal cart
  • stain of your choice
  • silver spray paint

Tools for coffee table repurpose at Refresh Restyle

Measure for wood to create the top of the coffee table at Refresh Restyle

It’s not likely that you will find the exact cart, but if you do, let me know! These are general instructions that you can use when you find the perfect industrial cart for your project.

  • Measure area for cuts, after measuring I determined that 2 – 2″x 12″ and 1 – 2″ x 2″ would fill the area perfectly. Lucky!
  • Cut 2 each 2″ x 12″ to fit
  • Cut 1 – 2″ x 2″ for center to fit

Skill saw and Refresh Restyle

Cuts for the industrial coffee table at Refresh Restyle

  1. Fit the 2″ x 12″ wood on each side.
  2. Fit the 2″ x 2″ for the middle
  3. Use a pencil – mark from the bottom for the rounded edge.

Cut for rounded corners on industrial coffee table at Refresh Restyle

Jig saw cutting corners Refresh Restyle

  • Use a jig saw to cut the rounded edges
  • Sanded each piece of wood
  • Stain with desired color
  • Paint the center piece of wood with silver spray paint or color of your choice.
  • Clean the metal and spray it with a clear protective coating. I love the rust but I don’t want it coming off!

Rustic farmhouse cart for coffee table DIY at Refresh Restyle

The wood fit miraculously in to the frame, I just placed it in with a few wiggles! It’s heavy and snug as bug in rug or wood in a cart.

Rustic farmhouse cart coffee table DIY at Refresh Restyle

Factory cart DIY rustic farmhouse coffee table at Refresh RestyleIndustrial Coffee Table from junk store find at Refresh Restyle

Yes it took some thought to repurpose this industrial cart in to a coffee table but it was well worth it! Remember with the right tools and a little lumber you, YES YOU, can create anything!

Be sure to visit the rest of the Repurposed Projects:

1 Hanging Picket Pendant Light by Designed Decor

2 Garden Bench by Create and Babble

3 Bed Spindle Pedestal Bowl by H2OBungalow

4 Industrial Cart Coffee Table by Refresh Restyle

5 Mid Century Headboard Bench by My Repurpose Life

6 Framed Wall Spool Rack Upcycle by Kim Six

7 Vintage Tennis Racket Table by Virginia Sweet Pea

8 Recycled Wood Plant Stands by Designs Bt Studio C

9 Rustic Coffee Mug Holder by Interior Frugalista

10 Repurposed Cabinet Door String Art by Domestically Speaking

Power Tool Challenge Team Repurposed And Upcycled Power Tool Projects



  1. Super cute… I want one!
    Featuring you on Sunday!

  2. Debbie… that cart was such a fabulous find! And I love your ingenuity in making it into a coffee table. Your kids must be over the moon to have it.

  3. Debbie, you are so darned creative, I love that coffee table! You blow me away with your power tools. I don’t think I could operate ANY power tool if my life depended on it!

  4. You were so smart to tell your contractor to save wood for you so that you could use it for projects like this. I can’t imagine what this cart was in its former life but I sure do like it’s look now as a coffee table.

  5. I’m seriously LOVE this Debbie!!! If it’s missing one day you’ll know who has it 😉

  6. Wow, what a fabulous project! I love the “striped” piece down the center!

  7. That was a serious treasure you found! And you make it gorgeous! I love the wood with the 2×2 stripe down the middle, that was the perfect touch! So cool!

  8. What a cool find!! You did an amazing job turning it into a coffee table! Now I need to find me a hustle shirt. 🙂

  9. What a fabulous find and I absolutely LOVE how you repurposed it, Debbie! The deep rich wood color and the rounded corners are gorgeous but adding the silver painted piece of wood down the middle – mahvelous dahling – you rocked it!

  10. I love this! I’ll have to hunt the local scrapyard for something similar.

  11. I can’t tell you how much I love this table. You just knocked it outta the park! XOXO Susie from The Chelsea Project

  12. That cart was a great find! I’ll let you know if I find one!!! I love how you were able to use the wood from the basement – perfect! It looks amazing – I want one! Pinned!

  13. oh my! Debbie, this is gorgeous! I love the way you painted the center piece to make it stand out, like it was intentional. hehehe

    beautiful job!



  14. Love it, pinned it. Do the hustle… do do do do do do do do do, do do do do doooo.

  15. It is PERFECT! I want one! It looks so good with the decor in your living room space!

  16. Look at you handling that circular saw! Awesome project my friend! you rocked this. I need a coffee table so bad! I’ll be on the lookout for an inductrial cast off for a DIY version:)

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