Thursday, September 9, 2010

Faux Sofa Table

We have a very unique shaped living room and because of that I need to be creative when it comes to getting the most practical use for seating, tables, etc.  I saw a great post on Thrifty Decor Chick on how to build your own sofa table.  DIY furniture? Sign me up!

Prepping the materials.  Super easy and Home Depot will cut the lumber for you.

Built and Stained
I decided to just stain the wood instead of painting it since we had some stain on hand that matched the wood in the rest of the room. 
(See Peanut checking out my work?)

All done and behind the couch!  It gives just enough space to rest a beverage which was the whole reason I was looking to add a table to the room.  But an added bonus is that I can put add a lamp and other decorative items as well.





I also coated it with a clear acrylic coat to make dusting easier and give it a finished look.  I love it and I love that I made it!

49 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very elegant, and it looks so much better than having a couch shoved up against the wall. Well done!

Deana

Holly said...

Dang girl! This is great!! I also love your lighting.

Our Family said...

Somehow I missed this fabulous post!!! I need to remember this project when we move :). I'm jealous of your 'craftiness'. If only you lived closer!!! I need some help with EK's cupcake themed bday party :).

Unknown said...

What an inexpensive and smart way to add syle to a room. Well done. I think I have a project..lol

Yolanda said...

Saw this on Pinterest. What a great idea! I like your blog too.

Nicole said...

I love this table. I'm going to make one for my sofa...but I do have a question. Did you use 1 inch or 2 inch boards?

Natalie {Where North Met South} said...

Thanks! You'll love it too. They were 1 inch boards. Have fun!

Anonymous said...

Hi Natalie - Love your post, and the table looks great. How wide were the boards? I saw they were 1" thick. Thanks - Cindy, in Northern Virginia :)

Natalie {Where North Met South} said...

Hi Cindy! The boards are 7.25" wide. Thanks for visiting!

Lateasa @LLovesC said...

So glad I saw this! I am going to try this :)

Lateasa @LLovesC said...

I am so doing this! Been looking to get my couch off the wall Yaaay a reason to go to Home Depot :)

Natalie {Where North Met South} said...

You'll love it, have fun!

stacie said...

love this!! i am definitely going to do this!! but what size 2x did u use? is it a 2x6 or 2x8?

Natalie {Where North Met South} said...

I used 2x8 but you could use 2x6 as well. The 2x8 seems to be the perfect amount of surface area for drinks, decor, etc. Thanks for visiting!

melshrooms said...

I did something similar, but instead of building a structure, I just adhered shelves to the wall to give the same effect.

Katie said...

Hi! Just found your blog through Pinterest. My question is where did you get your couch and do you like it? Sorry if you've mentioned this elsewhere on your blog - I did try looking! Thanks! :)

Natalie {Where North Met South} said...

Melshrooms - Great idea!

Katie - We got the couch at a local retailer, Desi Living Innovations in Rockville, MD.

ournextgreatadventure said...

Great project! I love how it turned out. So functional too.

Anonymous said...

This is awesome! What are all the measurements of the supplies I would need?

Natalie {Where North Met South} said...

Thanks! No specific measurements since you would need to measure to fit your couch. I just measured the the height and width of the back of the couch and subtracted about 1 inch from both so the table sits well behind the couch. Have fun!

Recreate and Decorate said...

I have been thinking about this same idea for behind my sectional! Thanks!

Helen Melanson said...

I love that! Genious!

strukturochordning said...

Great idea! Love it!

Leah said...

I love this idea! I'm not ready to take on a project of this size, but I am going to be staining something. What kind of stain did you use? Do you have any tips & tricks for staining? I have never done this before!

Anonymous said...

What did you use to attach the legs to the top? Thanks!

Natalie {Where North Met South} said...

Hi Leah! I used a foam brush with Minwax Wood Finish (I believe the color was ebony). A few days later I just went over it with a clear polyurethane coat to make it easier to clean. Good luck!

Natalie {Where North Met South} said...

I used simple L shaped brackets with wood screws to attach the legs to the top.

Anonymous said...

Just perfect for my small living room!!! Thanks!!

Staci said...

How much did this cost you to make?

Natalie {Where North Met South} said...

Honestly I don't remember and can't find the price of the lumber online. I bought maybe 2 boards at Home Depot and had them cut them down to size for me and I already had the L shaped brackets and stain. I would guess under $20. Hope that helps!

Staci said...

Thanks so much! We're excited to do this. :)

Anonymous said...

I love this project. I just made this myself and it looks beautiful behind my couch. The only change I made was to use one 2X4 in the centre. Thank you so much!

Natalie {Where North Met South} said...

So glad you are enjoying it! Thanks for visiting!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting such a great idea I will be doing this soon since I never have anywhere to leave my beverages when I sit on the couch!

Anonymous said...

Do you by amy chance remember what kind/color stain you used? I love the color.

Natalie {Where North Met South} said...

It was Minwax Wood Finish in Ebony. Have fun!

Mona said...

Brilliant idea, but I'm wondering did you use 1"x 8" or 2"x 8" boards? I see you mentioned 1" boards in one post, then 2" in another

Natalie {Where North Met South} said...

They are 1 inch thick. Thanks for visiting!

Anonymous said...

My sectional is too long for the wall that it is on and therefore is pulled away from the wall just enough to fit a small table like this. I have to make this ASAP!! And it's so functional. Love this idea!

Anonymous said...

I did it! Came out great!

Anonymous said...

I finally did it! They came out great!

Natalie {Where North Met South} said...

Fantastic, so glad to hear it!

Michele Sandstrom said...

I had my boyfriend make this for me. Looks just like yours and I love it. Thank you. Xoxo

Sara M said...

I love this idea! I really want to do this. The chair moulding behind the couch is a problem. Do you have any suggestions about my dilemma?

Natalie {Where North Met South} said...

Thanks Sara M! That is a tricky situation. Perhaps you could measure the sofa table top to stop right below the chair rail (if it isn't too low). If it has to be above the chair rail, perhaps use a chisel or jig saw to carve the legs to fit around the chair rail and still be flush with the wall. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

My husband just finished mine and I love it! Thanks for sharing :)

Debbe said...

Great idea. I plan to bulk it up as I have a window behind my loveseat recliner and will be using it to hold plants during the winter. They go outside in summer, so another location for them to winter over will be great. Thanks! Debbe

Natalie {Where North Met South} said...

Debbe - That is a great idea!

Deb Pahlau said...

Nice job. I really like the look.

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