You guys, I did it! I finished my DIY sofa table!
For the longest time I wanted something along the wall in our family room, to balance the space below our picture ledges. But what? Our living room is long and narrow, so I needed a table that was long and narrow. And I’m on a budget. That left me with the DIY route.
I’m pretty confident with a good Ikea hack or furniture makeover. Heck, I even covered our kitchen table in concrete. This is the first time I have DIYed a piece of furniture from scratch. Like, “I started with a pile of 1x4s” from scratch. Needless to say, I’m feeling pretty accomplished today.
I started with a plan from Shanty 2 Chic for their Easy DIY Console Table. I loved the general style, and it seemed within my DIY skill set, only requiring glue and nails for assembly. Since my table needed to be longer and narrower, I made a few tweaks.
1 – Start with the Easy DIY Console Table Plans
Head on over to Shanty 2 Chic and download the Easy DIY Console Table plans. Then come back here to see my tweaks to the dimensions!
2 – Swap out these Dimensions
What to Skip: My table does not have the side or back angled pieces. You can skip the 4 pieces that have the 30-degree miters.
What to Skip (optional): My table does not have the 3 1/2-inch square feet, since I did not add casters. My children have enough fun rearranging other furniture, I didn’t want to make it any easier for them. Since there were no casters, I made the table taller. This leads me to:
Let’s keep this simple. Just follow this color coded chart below. For a printable PDF that you can use with the Shanty 2 Chic plans, click the download button below.
3 – Assemble
Follow the original instructions, skipping steps 7 and 8. Don’t add the casters.
For the finish, I was inspired by this tutorial from Maison de Pax. This technique is the real deal.
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These are the exact stain and paint colors that I used:
- Golden Oak Stain
- Devine Compass – this was my first time using this brand, and I was pretty happy with it
- White – custom color from The Home Depot (see image below)
- Chalk Paint Powder – to turn my white and light blue paint into chalk paint. I love, love, love this chalk paint powder, since it allows me to make custom color chalk paint.
My DIY Sofa Table
I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I am with my DIY sofa table end result. Are you curious about my gallery wall? I’ve got a special video treat for you guys that shows how I made that distressed finish on those frames – just click over here!
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