I’m so excited to show you my small sofa side table that I custom built for my little corner of the world. I’ve been needing a solution to a problem, and since this month’s Power Tool Challenge is all about home décor, that made me stop my repurposing and make something for myself. Good news! This month is another reader’s challenge, with a nice prize pack from my friends at Homeright.com ! Oddly enough, I didn’t use my beloved Finish Max on this project. More about sharing your project and entering to win later.
This is/was my dilemma. Every night as I work on blog posts and such I need all of these random remotes and phones handy. I have been lining them up on the arm of the couch for a long, long, time. I have to put them upside down so the rubber “buttons” help hold them in place and keep them from sliding off.
Because this table is custom, your size will vary.
The stained 1x10 is a “hand-me-down” from my daughter Jamie. She used it for shelving when she had an antique booth. The other boards are 1x6.
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You probably know that a 1x10 isn’t really 1 inch thick by 10 inches wide. It’s actually ¾ inch thick by 9 ¼” wide.
I did very specific customized measurements to suit my needs. Searching on Pinterest , I didn’t see anything that really fit my sofa problem. Most of the sofas are more modern and have straight lines. Mine does not. I wanted my table to run the full depth of my sofa arm rest. You can see 23” was the magic number for my table. I cut two boards at this length for the top and bottom of my table.
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This simple build starts with pocket holes using my Kreg Jig.
If you don't have a pocket hole jig, you can use "L" brackets. However, if you do a lot of projects, I highly recommend you investing in one of these jigs. For more details see my post How To Use A Kreg Jig
This simple build came together really quickly, but it needs a little something more.
I added 2 1x4’s on each side of the bottom, using my nail gun to secure the boards. I cut them to fit very snug.
To help stabilize the table and hold it square, I added a shelf near the top of the table, using pocket holes and screws to secure it.
Oh my gosh! I’m so happy to see it at this stage! I was so tired of having all the remotes lined up on the arm of the sofa.
I patched the holes with some drywall mud and used some clear shellac to seal the wood knots so I could prepare to paint. Meanwhile the weather turned cold and I took the table in and used it for days like this.
Finally, the weather warmed a little and I got back to work. Of course I used my favorite diy chalky paint primer mixture to prime the table. I used blue painter’s tape and a cheap chip brush to make this job go quickly.
I painted two light coats of the chalky primer.
Then I painted two coats of Polished Pearl semi-gloss.
Again, I took my new table into the house and used it “as is” until I could have a chance to finish it.
We had another batch of warm weather in early March and I was able to get the table top stained. I used Minwax Classic Black Polyshades.
I love the two toned look of the light paint and the dark stain!
While test driving the table for a couple of weeks, I felt like it needed a little something—some embellishment of some sort. I dug in my stash and found these black wooden appliques from D. Lawless Hardware. Again, I use my Kreg Multi-tool to help me get the appliques centered.
Because I’m not positive I want to leave the wooden appliques in place I used some double stick tape for a more temporary hold. If I decide to keep them, I’ll just put a couple of brad nails in them the way they are.
What do you think?
Remember all the remotes/phones?
Voila! So much better!
The shelf is perfect for my notebook, and the lower area corrals books and magazines. Front and center is a book my friend Becky from Beyond The Picket Fence published. I bought my copy of Crafting with Wood Pallets and Amazon and so can you!
Well, can you tell how much I LOVE my new table? It makes me wonder why I didn’t do this sooner!
Now, what will you build/make for our Home Décor Reader Challenge?
- The project can be made from anything as long as at least 1 power tool was used to build it.
- The Home Decor Power Tool Project Challenge is open for entries from 3/16 through 3/30 via a linky link up.
- If you are unable to link up your project, message me and I will link it up for you.
- Submit a recent or new project as long as it's a home decor item.
- Anyone can enter, the more the merrier.
- Each participant can enter up to 3 projects.
- Winner must be 18 or older and live in the US.
- The Power Tool Challenge Team and HomeRight will vote on the best project and one winner will be selected.
The winner will receive a HomeRight DIY Paint Package which includes a Finish Max Pro Paint Sprayer, Homeright Spray Shelter , Small Spray Shelter and a Rapid Clean for the Finish Max.
Void where prohibited.
I can’t wait to see what you share! Good luck with the contest!
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Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.