Monday, May 16, 2011

The Table is Complete, Next Comes Styling...

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...)

My table:
1 sheet MDF: $35
wood trim: $35
Primer,  brushes, polycrylic: $0 (already had)
Caulk: $4
Paint: $12
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)



60 comments:

  1. Awesome table, Love the baskets. and the flying pig is perfection!!

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  2. WOW! this looks SO great! you are amazing!

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  3. Me encanta, I love it. Que tengas un feliz día!

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  4. Thanks so much!! And you don't have to be jealous, it was pretty easy to build -- you should try it, Lowe's will cut your MDF for ya even ;)

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  5. It looks fantastic! Pretty sure we have the same couch--with similar problems (just on the pillows!) so this table is calling my name! I love it!!

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  6. It looks gorgeous, Anna, you did an amazing job on it. Love the baskets, and that pig is so darned cute! I think every girl should have a flying pig!

    Best,

    Kimberly

    P.S. I was telling one of the girls at work today about your amazing staircase re-do!

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  7. Amazing and inspiring. This is one thing that I've yet to tackle, but would like to.

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  8. It looks beautiful. And how smart are YOU to cover the basket bottoms with felt?? Why haven't I thought of that?

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  9. LOVE it. Your table is amazing! Thank you for sharing the plans! I have to go do much less fun things like mudding drywall but I bookmarked the plans for later :)

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  10. The table looks beautiful--and brilliant idea with the felt; I hate those scratches too!

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  11. Looks great! thanks for sharing the plans. LOL, and oh, I am a frugal gal too! I am so with you on on buying the el cheapo felt.

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  12. This looks great. I also read your tutorial and this looks very do-able. Thanks for the great instructions and pictures!

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  13. I'm looking for baskets just like that! Where did you get yours?

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  14. The table looks fantastic, and the flying pig is just awesome!

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  15. This is really cool! WOnderful piece! The felt is a great idea too.

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  16. This table is awesome! And I love the felt touch, that is something I would be worried about too! :-)

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  17. Hi, friend! I'm admiring all your creative posts here. Can you please share them at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)

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  18. wow, I've been looking for an alternate for the hemnes table :) thanks for sharing!! 2 quick questions- do you know the dimensions of the finished product and how long did it take you to make?

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  19. Just saw this post from Knock Off Decor and love your site. Fantastic work!!

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  20. I love your table, though I must admit, I am seriously crushing on your pig. I imagine if you have had him for 3 years, my chances of finding one are pretty small, but...WHERE DID YOU FIND HIM? I MUST find his brother.

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  21. Kurt and Kristine, I am soooo sorry to be so late in my reply. Bad Anna. The dimensions are 62 x 28.5 x 15. And it took me a couple weeks just because I'm slow and did it in my free time, but if you went to town I don't think it would take more than a few hours.

    Beth, thanks for the pig love -- I got him at Tai Pan trading in Sandy, UT. I checked for a company name or any other markings that might help you out, but there's nothing! Good luck on your quest :)

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  22. Love what you did to this table!!
    Where did you get those baskets?!

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  23. I love the table!! What color/brand of white did you use?

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  24. I love your sofa table! I found a similar one and I ordered these baskets. Love them! Also, I love your flying pig! Where did you get it? Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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  25. Great ideas and I almost shouted because of the winged pig. I've been looking for exactly one of these for years!! Would you be so very kind and let me know where you think I can get one? I live in Portugal but I could send for it online ... thanks :)

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  26. Hi there from your newest blog and FB follower.

    I just love the flying piggy. But, even more I adore your cabinet and baskets. It's just so perfect - for about every one of our rooms.

    Thanks for sharing it!
    ~ Dana
    Cooking at Cafe D

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  27. Hi, I have a couple of questions...

    You mention using oil based primer on the bare MDF. What type of paint to you finish with? Latex or oil? Only asking because I remember reading years ago that latex paint doesn't stick to oil based primer.

    Also, what do you use the Polycrylic for? Do you use it as a final coat over the paint?

    Thanks!

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    1. Latex paint to finish, it adheres just fine -- I think it's latex paint over oil-based paint (vs. primer) that can give you troubles, if I remember correctly. I only use oil-based primer when I need to because it's so horribly smelly - bare wood, dark old trim and wood paneling that could bleed through... unfortunately I have a lot of that around these parts ;)

      And I do finish with Polycrylic, it's not as strong as a polyurethane but it's non-yellowing because it's water-based so over light paints it's perfect.

      Good questions :)

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  28. I love it and the baskets look great. Thanks so much for including the directions. Bookmarking for future reference.

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  29. We are in the middle of building the table and found out that your measurements are wrong. We already have wood glued together. However you might want to correct your math for future builders.

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  30. Cari, I tried to email you but I got no response -- if you happen to hop over here again, let me know what part you're having trouble with? I did use these measurements to build my own table.

    If anyone else has troubles with the plan (i.e. there's a typo or something I didn't catch) please email me and let me know!

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  31. Anna We just built this table and I found the measurements right on.. I added an inch to the legs but other than that its ready to be primed and painted.. Great job for inspiring me to do this.. It looks great..

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  32. Great job. Love the baskets, and the felt idea. I wondered how people prevented scratches from the baskets, now I know and know how to do it cheaply. Thanks for sharing.

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  33. I noticed everone is loving on the pig and I happened to see one VERY similar at Ross just a couple weeks ago. thought I would share! :)

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  34. looks like scribid is charging for the download for this plan now. :(

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    1. I moved it and the file is now shared through google -- it should work. :)

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  35. Do you sell these? I would love to buy one from you...

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  36. I found this plan last week after we decided we needed something like the Ikea Hemnes Table to separate our dining room and living room.

    Just one thing. On the third page of the plans, step 2(b) is missing the last few words. Easy enough to figure out anyway.

    Thank you for this plan! It was really easy to make and I love it!

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  37. Love this table! I too have an ugly sectional that my kids climb over. I am having my husband build this for me asap. Thank you so much for the great idea. Your table is beautiful!

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  38. My husband is building this for me. Thanks for telling us where to buy the baskets but they have two different sizes. which sizes should I buy and how many of each. thanks.

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  39. Can anyone tell me what sizes the baskets are that are being used? Please.

    Thanks

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  40. Please, please, please what size are the baskets. I called West Elm this morning and they didn't have a clue what I was talking about. Anyone, please if you can help I would appreciate it so much.

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  41. Awesome! I was really thinking about buying that table but I'd much rather make it myself!

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  42. Any chance you could tell me what the finished dimensions of this table are? I can see it is just over 5 feet long...looking for height. THANKS!!

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  43. I love this! I really want to learn how to build furniture like this but I don't even know where to start. Will stores like home depot cut the wood for you? How did you get your start and learn how to do this?

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  44. Just got back from Lowes with our supplies! Lowes was willing to make the main long cut in the MDF, but no other cuts. I think it was the particular associate we were dealing with. :( But they should be able to cute it all for you. For free!! :) Praying my painting skills and hubby's carpenter skills are up to par! :)

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  45. Hi. Can you tell me what the finished dimensions for this table are? I am thinking I really want to built it but I want to make sure it is tall enough relative to my sofa! Thanks :)

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  46. i cant figure out how to download this as a pdf. Am i am the only slow one here? sorry!

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  47. Hi Anna,
    where did you buy the felt from and what brand of double- sided tape do you use?
    BTW, first time visitor on your site and very impressed and motivated :)

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  48. Plan Download Link:

    https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B2czzIk31X0XNUV4UHFMdlhHeEU/

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  49. My husband and I just made this yesterday! Only took us a few hours, directions were perfect (we did make the sides 30 inches tall to help with our over-sided furniture and as a room divider in our open kitchen/family room). I will be painting it today and can not wait to start using it! Thank you for the plans, easy directions and amazing projects! Love your site.

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  50. Now that your pig has its place, Inthink it should have its name...how about PIGasus! Teehee

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