Wednesday, May 1, 2013

New House Update and Ikea Hack Sofa Table

We’re finally starting to feel settled in the new house.  The mile-long “to do” listing is slowly but surely getting projects ticked off. I love all the space and openness in the new digs and am savoring the design process, making the house into our home.


I found some great bar stools at an even greater price at a new wholesale to the public type furniture store in town.  I have some plans to add some dark stained, thin wood and some white trim in a board and batten type treatment below the breakfast bar.  It’s on the list. ;)


I started painting Behr Wheat Bread, a perfectly dreamy warm gray in the main living areas.  (You can get a glimpse of it in the background there.) It’s a two-story living room, and there was no way I was going to paint all the way up, so I picked a point to paint to (try saying that 5 times fast) but STILL there was a lot of up and down and moving the 12 foot ladder between taping and painting.  I was sore for days.


Since our sectional is now floating the in the middle of the room instead of being against the walls, I needed a sofa table.  I came up with a CHEAP option that I ended up really liking using 2 Ikea Dalfred Bar Stools that we had from our old house but I wasn’t going to be using for the new place. 


This was extremely simple! Just a 6 foot long 12 inch wide pine board for the top and an 8 inch wide board for the bottom.  The top board is screwed right on through the bottom of the stool seats.  The lower shelf is just resting on the foot rest bar thingy (the technical name for it.)  I sanded, did a quick application of some Dark Walnut Minwax stain, and Tung Oil (my favorite top coat for wood surfaces!) and voila! (Still want to get some baskets for the lower shelf.  That’s on the list too.)




Have you tried Tung Oil on wood finishes?  It’s really amazing!  I love it!  It’s a really hearty top coat, water-resistant, heat-resistant.  Just really great!  I use the Minwax stuff you can get at HD.  I have the pure Tung Oil too, but I love the Minwax so much I’ve been hesitant to try the other stuff. :) I just used one coat on this sofa table, because I wanted to keep a more subtle, rustic sheen, but the more coats you add, the higher sheen you get and the heartier the finish.  Try it!  You’ll love it too.


  1. YAY new house! and i love the sofa table hack!

  2. hi Ann Marie - the table is fantastic. how creative are you! good luck settling into your new house - how very exciting.
    Fiona x

  3. The new house is awesome - and love the new barstools and your hack with the old ones!

  4. Your new home is beautiful. Love your clever and unique sofa table!

  5. This sofa table is genius! Your house looks wonderful...and a great size too....which is always great for the space, but can be a daunting challenge to make your own. It will be fun to watch your progress.

    Oh! and...what the heck are you doing up on that darn ladder painting that room!!! You gotta find a cheapo helper in your neighborhood for that stuff!!! LOL

  6. Awesome house! I hope to visit it soon, and the table is ingenius and very cool, much like you. :)

  7. Can't wait to see all the great ideas you have for the new house! Can you share the name of the furniture store where you got the great bar stools?

  8. Neat idea! I love the industrial feel that the bar stools give the sofa table!

  9. How do you get your paint so smooth? Do you use spray paint or brush? I love all your furniture!

  10. Can you explain more how you attached the wood board to the barstools? Love the idea!

  11. Realizing that this post is years old, I wanted to tell you that 2 stool came home from Ikea last night and we will be imitating the idea! We just built a brand new house, and I really need something behind the sofa for lights and a bit of storage. You idea allows us to make the boards as long or short as we want across the back of the sofa. Thank you for sharing this. I've been surfing "forever" for a piece that would work and nothing that's online on countless sites surfed would do the trick. Until I found this yesterday. I followed a Pin to get here. :-)

    1. I am interested in doing something similar. This will work perfect in my space. What stools did you buy for the table? I am heading to Ikea soon.

  12. Hi to everybody, here everyone is sharing such knowledge, so it’s fastidious to see this site, and I used to visit this blog daily. nice sofas

  13. I recently buy Stone and Beam Sofa for Living Room that is truly high comfortable and give me relax from back pain problem. It is well budget and fully attractive two seated sofa that also use as Love seat. I recommend must try once in life.

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