I’m taking a bit of a detour from the Christmas crafts, and sharing something that’s making this girl’s days as of late.
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If you follow me on Instagram, you would’ve seen a picture of our couch-less living room (which looked like it was overtaken by the baby). We lived like that, watching TV while trying to find a comfortable way to sit on a dining room chair, for about three weeks. THREE WEEKS! crazy.
Until finally, we found a sectional we both loved:
The living room still looks a tad baby-consumed, but we were happy that it was a thousand times more comfy than a dining chair! We were so excited about it, I had my hubby put up my frames I’ve been holding onto for months… hence the awkward picture.
With an idea and my Father-in-law in tow, I went to Home Depot & bought three 1x8x10 planks of knotty pine for $16 each:
With the first piece of wood, we used it for the tabletop, and cut it to the length we wanted (I wanted two separate tables, so I made sure to divide the total length of this plank in half).
I wanted the legs to be the same width as the top (think: cheap version of a parson’s table), so with the second and third piece of wood, we cut our legs. Here is what we needed for each table:
When inside the house (with better lighting), I started with the underside of my first table top. I made a mark an inch and a half away from the edge (I wanted the legs to be a bit under the top, not perfectly flush to the edge). I made two more marks at an inch and a half down the edge,
and using a handy L square ruler, I made a line connecting the marks, ensuring it was perfectly perpendicular to the side.
With that line drawn, I measured and marked an inch and a quarter away from the edge (which from the line was the width of the leg that would be attached there):
Then I measured out 3/4 of an inch away from the side of the table top. These were all to leave markings for where the L-brackets would go.
Then I placed the bracket down, using the markings as my guide,
and with the advice of my FIL, placed a larger piece of wood where the legs would go (gives a more accurate idea of how the L-bracket will sit with the leg against it),
and I drew circles to mark the holes.
After removing both the bracket and large wood block, I used an awl to create holes for my screws, and drilled them in with the L-bracket there (I’m missing a photo of that).
With the L-bracket secured to the bottom of the table top, I then held the leg up against the bracket, drew in the spots for the screws,
and screwed them in place.
This is what it looked like:
I also had a cutie of a helper, who helped immensely by hitting everything with a screwdriver (as my husband puts it: ‘checking the structural integrity’).
And of course we had to seal the occasion with our very own ‘stamp’ ;)
For the centre leg, I measured my table top, divided it by half, and left a mark. Then I did the same steps to attach a leg on as I did with the other ones.
We also got a smaller piece of pine for a piece to secure the back:
We wanted it screwed to the back of the legs, to also help with keeping them straight & in place (instead of spreading apart like they naturally did).
Here I am drilling holes into both pieces… pre-drilling, pre-showered, pre-primped (my FIL insisted he take a picture, even though my forehead is glossier than the wood. gross).
And here is one of them ready to be stained! (I know it’s not something you’d see selling at Pottery Barn, but I wanted it simple… it would be hidden behind the couch anyway :)
I gave it a good sanding,
and for my stain, I decided to go with this:
I liked that it had polyurethane already in it, but really after it was completed, it could’ve used another coat or two of straight poly.
Here’s my boy again ‘checking out the structural integrity’ with a little superhero stance (while donning his jeggings):
After he deemed it safe, he left me to do the grunt work.
I gave the tables two coats of stain, waiting well over the 8 hour drying time recommended in between coats.
I decided to only stain the outsides and any faces of the wood that could be seen, and left the inner parts natural (I’m not sure if my jegging-wearing boss would approve of me cutting corners, but I did anyway;)
So, let’s do a quick recap:
I haven’t quite finished the whole styling part yet (as you can see from my sad lonely lamp), but I’m glad I have a solid place to keep my remotes away from baby fingers, and to place drinks while watching TV…
With my small winter display in the middle, you can barely tell these are two separate tables!
and I’m loving the colour of the stain!
And seriously, I don’t think it gets any simpler than this sofa table…
Now… I’m starting to think of what I could shop for to spiffy up those tables! ;)
9 days left until Christmas, can you believe it?!
Hope you’re safe & warm, wherever you are!