Upcycled Sofa Table

I have been looking for a narrow dresser or low sofa table
 for a while with no success.  I have seen some great 
pieces but nothing that would fit behind my monster
sectional and define the space between it and my dining 
area.  So what do we do when we cannot find what
we want? We make it ourselves.
Shopped the garage first…

I already had two low bar stools that I replaced
quite a while ago, but couldn’t part with 
(example #974 that a mild case of hoarding is good for you)
I knew I wanted them to contrast with the table top
so I used three coats of heirloom white spray 
paint on each, and distressed them with sandpaper.
Now I just needed the table top and shelf.
So off to the lumber department
at Home Depot.

I pulled on my work gloves and dug to the back for 
the best pieces in the pile.  I found two pieces that
were nice and straight and had great knots & grain.
When I buy lumber that needs to be perfectly flat
for a table, shelf etc…I lay each piece on the 
floor to make sure they are not warped before I
buy them.  
I chose a piece that was 12″ wide for the table top 
and another piece that was 8″ wide to fit between 
the stool legs to serve as a lower shelf.
Using Dark Walnut stain by Minwax, the
wood soaked the stain up quickly.  I applied one good
coat on each piece of wood, and once
it reached the desired color, I wiped off the excess
stain and allowed them to dry.  I sanded each piece
well to age them, and smooth out any rough edges.

I love how the stain accented the beautiful knots
and pattern in the wood.  So pretty!!
I put the pieces in place and used four wood screws
on each side to attach the table top to the tops of the
stools. A dab of matching brown paint 
helped the tops of the screws blend in.
And a line of wood glue under the lower shelf
on each side to attach it to the stool rung it rested on.

One more night of drying in the garage,
a little bit more sanding, and a good polish with 
Howard Feed-N-Wax 
and my new sofa table was done! 
I first heard about this wonderful natural furniture 
polish from Sausha at Sweet Pickins Furniture.
{{Thank you for the tip Sausha!!}}

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  1. Such a fabulous idea, Tanya!! You are one smart cookie. I love love love it.

  2. This is so cute and creative! I love it! I also love the beautiful candleholders on top!

    I would love for you to come share this awesome table at my new link party..the FESTIVE FRIDAY FIESTA!!! It's open now through Noon ET on Sunday!

    Here's the link if you're interested!


  3. Once again, this is wonderful. I love how you took 2 stools and turned them into a table! And the dark stain looks great on them!

  4. Tanya, It's so creative. I love it.

  5. What a cool idea and great photos! A coworkers has sort of done something similar, but his table involves a sheet of plywood and isn't nearly as nice.

  6. What a great little table! Never heard of howards. Where do you buy it.

  7. What a great idea :)i love it!!!

  8. great project and beautiful finishing. You are right, the stain accentuate the natural grain/knots of the wood!!

  9. So totally clever! Found you through Sawdust Girl's Sawdust Throwdown…

    Cher @ Designs by Studio C

  10. This is such a great idea Tanya! I would honestly never have thought of it, but it looks fantastic!

  11. Brilliant Tanya! Thanks for sharing this gret idea. Blessings, Patti

  12. This is amazing Tanya!!!! I love everything about it!

  13. Oh yeah! White and stain, my favorite! Great creation that can be recycled again if you need to!

  14. Great repurposing project. I love how the stained pine with all the knots and character.

  15. What a great idea! The use of stool is unexpected but brilliant. Love it!

  16. very cute!! I love the dark color of stain you used on the board top. Little Bit p.s. I'm pinning

  17. What a brilliant idea!!!
    Looks gorgeous – love the dark stain and white wood!
    Visting from ISBMTF
    Big hugs,

  18. Now that's just cute! I love how it looks like something you'd buy in a store… not at all like you took two bar stools and some wood and made a table! LOL!


  19. What an awesome way to repurpose those stools!! Looks great!! I love how the wood took up the stain as well! Gorgeous!

  20. This is brilliant! I too have been looking for exactly the same thing and all of the sofa tables I've found have been too high or too wide. Not only is the size right, it has so much character! Right, now I'm off to find some stools…

  21. You're so creative! How awesome. Pinned! Thanks for coming to (link) party with me at Super Saturday Show & Tell 🙂 xoxo~ Ruthie

  22. This is a fun idea. Very creative 🙂

  23. I need a table in my kitchen beside my island and this will be perfect!! I love this idea!! Now I need to find two cheap bar stools! Ha! I pinned and I I would love for you to share this at my linky party Thursday! http://www.juliakendrick.com I hope you have a blessed day!! Julia

  24. Wow! You're so clever!! This looks fantastic!
    Jamie ~ somuchbetterwithage.com

  25. Love it!! The stools make it look super cool! Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

  26. What a great idea! I love the two colors, also.
    I found you at It's Overflowing's Linky. I hope you stop by my blog and leave a comment, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  27. Tanya, you're a genius! This is such a great idea, and it looks amazing! I love the stain color and the gorgeous flowers underneath. Thanks so much for sharing! It's been pinned. Have a wonderful day!

  28. This is brilliant! And it's so cute too! I absolutely love it. Thanks for linking up to my party!

  29. Love the idea of the bottom shelf. You did a great job on this and it looks wonderful behind your sofa.

  30. Hi! Stopping by from Blooming Homestead's Crafty Tuesday..
    I love your table!! It's so one of a kind. I love how you incorporated the stools!! Nice job!
    Selene @ restorationbeauty.com

  31. Tanya, this is crazy awesome! Can I steal this idea?!?! (with credit, of course). I just pinned and will be sharing on FB this afternoon.

    We're featuring this tonight… PLUS all our features, you included, are getting free Better Half tshirts. Please email me your shirt size and address so we can mail it right away! YAY! Thanks so much for linking up.

  32. So cool! I want to do this right now 🙂

  33. This is a great idea. I love the finished piece. It looks nicely vintage; love it! I'm having a link party on my blog and I'd love for you to join!

  34. What a great idea! Love it =)

  35. This really is fantastic! I love how it turned out and it is so creative! Thanks so much for linking up at Crafty Tuesday this week.

  36. You did such a great job T!! Great idea and oh so pretty!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! I can't wait to see what you link up tomorrow evening!

  37. I featured your super great sofa table today at Mod Mix Monday!

  38. Awesome I love it! This actually solves one of my problems, and I think I happen to have two discarded stools too! Hoarders unite!

  39. This looks amazing and I never would have imagined to put this together on my own!! I know our readers will love it, too! We have a weekly Thursday (today:) link up party at allthingswithpurpose.com. We would love to see this post there along with the post on dying your jeans!! We are also your newest FB like 🙂

  40. I saw this featured on Under the Table and Dreaming and had to come over to visit! What a great idea! Definitely pinning this!

  41. What a fabulous idea! Love it! I shared it on my blog today: http://www.vixenmade.com/2013/04/diy-home-projects.html

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