We are still working on the family room and are wanting to update things on the cheap. The hubby and I had been searching Craigslist and garage sales for a “sofa table” or “media console table” for weeks. We wanted a cheap or free table, so pickings were slim. We had a table but it just wasn’t going to be tall enough for what we visioned the room to look like. So, after weeks of searching we decided to make due with what we had. We came up with a plan of buying or making table legs, removing a shelf from our existing table and painting it. Here is what we ended up with:
What do you think? It turned out pretty good right?
I guess I forgot to take a picture of the table before… but I will keep looking through old pictures and see if I can find something. In the meantime, here is a picture of the table in a “before” look at the room:
Creating this table was pretty easy. Here’s what we did:
- Table legs (railing posts)
- Screws (the kind with a screw point at each end)
- Primer (Zinsser Cover Stain Primer)
- White paint
- Sealer (Varathane Polyurethane)
- Paint roller & small brush
First: We removed the legs and the bottom shelf
Second: We went shopping for table legs. Originally we were going to get the Waddell 28 in. Traditional Table Legs from Home Depot but after we realized the legs would cost over $40 bucks we started shopping for other options and eventually decided to go with some decking railing posts, at a little over a buck each this was our best (cheapest) option.
Third: Put three coats of primer on the table top and the new table legs.
Fourth: Put 3 coats white paint on it.
Fifth: Put 2-3 coats of sealer on it.
Sixth: Installed the new table legs
This project was pretty darn easy and did not cost more than $10 because all we had to purchase was the table legs and screws. I am in love with this high sofa table. I think it really brings a lot of light into the room and looks so much better than the short table.