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DIY Sofa Table

04.30.14

Welcome back!!  Hope everyone had a fun weekend!  Parker and I went to a friend’s wedding last night, and it was SO much fun!  It was our first wedding since our own, and it made me want to relive June 15th all over again!

Today I have a really fun project that should be titled “Parker’s DIY Sofa Table”.  I showed him a picture of what I wanted, and he went to town.  He made a list of our needed supplies, gathered them at Home Depot and built the table on his own (I assisted).  While I love DIY projects, I don’t have much experience using power tools.  Actually, I should say that I don’t have any experience using power tools, but I do have a great teacher!  Parker is so handy, and I’m so glad he enjoys DIY projects as much as I do…almost…
Here is my inspiration for the project.  I wanted something behind the sofa to add depth to the wall.
I knew the table would be going behind our sofa, which is against the wall, so it really didn’t matter what it looked like because you wouldn’t see very much of it.  If our sofa was in the middle of the room, and I was looking for a console table to go behind it I would probably want something like this, but our sofa will be against the wall as long as we are living in this apartment.
Either way, both of these tables were out of our budget, so I knew if I wanted a sofa table I would have to build it.  Let the fun begin!
Here are the supplies needed:
  • (1) 6 foot cedar board
  • (2) 3 foot cedar boards
  • (1) 4 foot cedar board
  • 2 inch construction screws
  • sand paper
  • Minwax Polyshades stain (We used “Antique Walnut Satin”)
  • electric drill
Our couch measures 6.5 feet wide and 3 feet tall.  The measurements above fit that size couch.  The measurements can easily be adjusted to fit your couch.

We had the cedar boards cut down to the lengths listed above.  You can do this on your own, but Home Deport does it for free if you buy the wood from them!

First you will sand the wood to smooth all edges and correct any imperfections.  I don’t have a photo of this, but a tip is to sand in the direction of the grain in long, smooth strokes.
Next you will use the 4 foot board to create a stable base for the table legs.  We drilled 3 screws on each end.  It should look similar to this:
After you create your base you will add the table top.  If you use the same board lengths as we did, your table legs will be 4 feet wide and your table top will extend 1 foot past the leg on each side.  Drill 3 screws through the table top into each leg.  Your table should now look like this:
*Important: make sure the screws are positioned over the center of each leg to prevent the wood from splitting*
After your table is built you will stain it.  Staining can be tricky.  Similar to sanding, it’s very important to apply the stain in the direction of the wood grain.  If you don’t you can cause it to look uneven, and that would be tragic!  You can apply coats to your desired color.  We applied 2 coats and waited 6 hours between each coat.  This is after 1 coat:
Coming along, huh?  After the second coat dried we positioned the sofa table behind the couch.  Let me show you a before picture prior to the table. (Yes, our apartment came with an orange accent wall.  I have mixed feelings about it.)
I actually don’t have an after picture of the sofa table alone.  I know, what was I thinking?  I tend to be impatient with projects and really wanted to get it behind the sofa so I could start styling!  Here is an after photo behind the couch:
Here are a few close up views:

 

 

After all was said and done, this project cost $40.00.  What a steal!!  Let me know your thoughts.  I love hearing from you!
Xo,
Claire
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7 comments on “DIY Sofa Table”

  1. Y'all are such a creative duo!!! The addition of the narrow sofa table made a huge difference.. And a perfect place for a morning cup of coffee:-))

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