I finished my sofa table over the weekend and moved it to its new home behind my ugly-ish sectional couch.
I'm excited about its new home because the table hides most of the back of the aforementioned ugly couch and will hopefully help prevent my kids cfrom limbing over the back of the furniture and wearing a hole into the cheap backing that is nothing but a giant gaping hole with fabric stretched over it. That's a big couch mess just waiting to happen, I'm genuinely surprised that it's still hole-free.
I have officially learned my lesson -- I think you get what you pay for, in couch-land. (Doesn't that sound like a wonderful place? Couch Land. I'm sure it's blissfully comfortable and quiet, with nary a popcorn kernel or sock to be found between its magical cushions.)
The next step is to decide how I want to decorate it, and as you can see I haven't put a lot of thought into that. I did pull out the essentials -- the baskets I bought earlier this year and my flying pig which was tucked back next to the TV and is now in a new, much-deserved position of honor.
That little sucker has managed to go over three years without being spray painted glossy white. Think I can keep holding out?
I also gleefully filled the baskets with my sons' toys. Now you can't even tell my kids use that area to play! Mwahahahaha. Brilliant, I tell you.
And because I'm not a big fan of basket scratches that can happen over time when you drag them along painted surfaces, I covered the bottom of each basket with a piece of felt just in case. Not sticky felt, because those were $1.99 each. Nope, I used 34-cent regular felt sheets and my trusty double-sided tape. Seriously - $8 for four sheets of felt? Apparently the adhesive on sticky felt is made of gold, or I'm totally cheap.
Ignore the dog hair on the poorly chosen black felt, okay? Nothin' to see here.
Overall, I'm happy with how the table turned out. I just need to find a lamp and start decorating.
I love the look of two lamps, one on either end, but since this table is approximately 15-feet from the black table with two lamps in my dining room, I decided it wasn't meant to be.
Just to recap from the last post:
Inspiration table cost: $149-$169, depending on your finish.
(plus 7 hour round trip travel time and oodles of gas, in my case...)
1 sheet MDF: $35
wood trim: $35
Primer, brushes, polycrylic: $0 (already had)
Total cost to complete: $86
(If you're new or didn't see the previous posts about this table, be sure to check out part 1 and part 2 of the plans in posts, or download the entire thing as a .pdf below, if you want to put your buildin' hat on and make your own!)
(click the black box with the arrow inside in the plan preview's upper right hand corner to expand the plan into a new window)