They say that behind every successful man is a brilliant woman. Well, I’m proud to announce that behind our old king of sofas is a table fit for a queen.
Okay… that might be a bit of a stretch. None the less, I’m still pretty excited about our latest addition.
It all started with the Pinterest Challenge. As I was looking through all the submissions, this went down:
Me: Hey… take a look at this.
Him: We should do that.
Me: I KNOW!
Him: I’ll go get the supplies.
Most of our conversations don’t normally roll like this. However, when they do and they’re coupled with Tyson having a hole in his work schedule, we run with the idea before anything changes.
Before getting into the project itself, I should probably back up and give you a quick update on the space. In March, I asked you all to weigh in on the furniture arrangement in our formal living area. We had the sofa against the wall at one point and then T-ed it out to see how we liked living with it that way.
The truth is, I hate having all the furniture shoved up against the walls. But Tyson felt like the sofa was cutting off the sitting area. The interesting thing was that as soon as we moved the sofa into the middle of the room, everyone kinda stopped using the space. I (stubbornly) continued to sit there, but found myself sitting sideways on the sofa so that I could see the rest of the house.
So we recently decided to move the sofa back, but not up against the wall. We planned on purchasing a table to put behind the sofa so that we could add lamps and bring additional lighting to the area. At night, the space is desperate for more light.
Then the Pinterest Challenge came along and I ran across this solution created by Chandler from All Precious & Pleasant. Tyson and I both knew this would be a quick and easy project with big impact for our home. So we set out to make a table to go behind our sofa in the formal living room.
The thing is… it’s not a table at all. It’s a shelf. A very low, it could be a table looking shelf. Call it what you will, we were building it.
Tyson purchased a 7 foot board and trim to get started.
After miter cutting all the trim, he glued the pieces on. He also added strips of wood to the underside of the long board for the shelf brackets to mount to.
His goal was to create the illusion of a thick slab of wood for the top and he didn’t want the brackets to get tucked up inside of what he had assembled.
Once the wood glue had dried, he added finishing nails at the joints for extra durability and sanded the whole thing smooth.
Then it was my turn to apply the wood stain. I used Minwax’s Dark Walnut which I had left over from here, here and here. (One little can goes far!) I applied one even coat and immediately wiped it off so that it wouldn’t be too dark.
Some not so blog-worthy photos of me working… yay!
After the stain had dried, I applied three coats of polyurethane (with a light sanding in between each coat) to protect the wood. This will be a natural place to set drinks and I want to help the wood out as much as possible.
Tyson then used wall anchors to install the shelf brackets onto the wall.
The end result was exactly what we needed for the space. Tyson got open seating. I got something that anchors the furniture without feeling like everything is up against the walls.
And now we have a large open wall above the “table” to fill in. We’ve already got some ideas on what might go there, but we’re looking forward to exploring the possibilities. Plus, this queen is ready to shop for lamps and accessories.
What do you think of the new “table”? Any suggestions for the wall above? How do you compromise when you and your spouse aren’t seeing eye to eye on decorating your home?