Besides the saw horses, you may already have all of the tools you'll need in your garage: a drill, hammer, pliers and a saw. As for the materials, they'll come free to cheap — simply check out your local Habitat for Humanity ReStore outlets, salvaged wood shop or even the dump. For the table legs, make your own, grab some from an old table at the thrift store or buy some inexpensive ones from IKEA.
So forget buying a brand new "shabby chic" table that's made to look old and worn — fashion one for yourself! You'll be left with a one-of-a-kind, functional work of art and the peace of mind that no further trees were needed to make it.
Information via Apartment Therapy; photo: Jonas Design & Photography via Flickr.