That is the question…. Ok so Kes and I need you to settle an argument. Well..I guess it’s not so much an argument as it is a DIY dilemma. Anyone who regularly reads this blog will be aware of how much we love a bit of DIY! I’ve spent most of my free time this week looking at various stick welding brands with one eye on future projects. In the meantime, we have a real dilemma over this coffee table.

So here’s the thing. When searching for inspiration to create our family room mood board Kes came across an amazing coffee table and has since fallen in love with it (and from the comments on our last post, so have many of you). He’s decided we MUST have it and set out to find a local supplier. In case you’ve already forgotten, I’m referring to this guy:

Don’t get me wrong, I love the table. It’s a bit rustic, a lot industrial, and pretty much all sexy. I get it. But anyone who knows me (or has been following along for a while) knows that I’m a project girl. I love me a good DIY. Kes thinks I’m a chronic over-acheiver, and fine, maybe I am. But there’s just nothing like the satisfaction of completing something and knowing that you did it with your own hands.

And the thing is, we already have a coffee table.

DIY Dilemma option 2: Dreamhouse Project coffee table

Our current coffee table. My choice for a little DIY love

Dreamhouse Project coffee table side view

Side view. Really like the detailing on this coffee table

This beauty used to be my sister’s but when she was moving and realized it probably wouldn’t fit in her new space she was all set to get rid of it until we stepped in and saved it from the dump. Though a little worse for wear right now, it’s a good size for our space, and is perfect for entertaining because should you ever need it to, the table top literally DOUBLES in size.

Easy as one..

Dreamhouse Project coffee table derails

Two..

Dreamhouse Project coffee table le expanding detail

Three..

Dreamhouse Project coffee table fully opened to double size

How awesome is that?? I mean it transforms!! We have a transformer table. Come on…

Ok, granted it’s not as sexy, and it doesn’t quite have the industrial edge that the other one does. But to me, a little sanding, stain & spray painted hardware can bring this baby a loooong way toward the look we’re going for.

Kes thinks between the chairs, & the media wall (which we haven’t started yet), we already have enough projects slated for the family room so why not treat ourselves to a sexy new coffee table.

I say, why buy when we can DIY? 🙂

What do you guys think?? Help us settle our DIY dilemma in the comments!