Wednesday, March 26, 2014

I have a weakness for a great pair of Legs!

Table Legs that is!  I have been needing and searching for a sofa table to go in our downstairs family room for a REALLY LONG time.  I had a picture in mind of what I was looking for and I couldn't ever find it anywhere.  What's a girl to do....... once again provided the perfect solution for my Sofa table dreams!

Remember the first time I had RH Sofa Table dreams and they provided a solution?
 (click here for that post)
Well they came to the rescue once again.  Did you know they sell entire "Base Kits" for dining tables, coffee tables, sofa tables, vanities, etc. etc. etc.?  How awesome is that.  So you can be picky about exactly what kind of legs you are looking for, aaaaannnnnddd you can get it in exactly the size you are looking for.  If you want to do a contrasting table top, in say marble, metal, or whatever, you have that option when you just order a base kit; or you can also order a wood table top from them.  I chose this base kit with the large "William & Mary" legs, and because they can customize I had them make it to the dimensions I wanted  (16" wide, 65" long).  I went ahead and also ordered the table top from them - all of it in unfinished soft maple wood.  It arrived quickly and was packaged so carefully.  All the base kit pieces are mortised and tenoned and had details like beading along the edges, beautiful!  For the table top you can customize things like your edging, corners, and thickness.  
I was like a kid in a candy store!!!
It only took minutes to get it all put together (a mallet came in handy for this part).

Next came the hard part - how should I finish this beauty?!!  Originally I planned to paint the whole thing grey, but once it arrived it seemed wrong to not let the beauty of the wood shine through.  I compromised - I painted the base grey (Benjamin Moore "Storm") and stained the top using this technique.  It is my first time using vinegar to age wood and I was pretty impressed (just don't apply the vinegar to the wood using the steel wool - it caused weird spots so use a rag!  Thankfully I tested my staining technique on the underside of the table first!).  The one step I did add to the top was to apply a small amount of dark stain right after applying the wax and worked it all together into the wood with my rag.  It helped to warm it up a bit.  I did the same thing with the wax on the legs once the paint was dry.
Here it is all done!


One of the reasons I could never find "just the right" sofa table was that the size was never long enough; the other reason was that I had pinned numerous pictures like the ones below and was set on getting a table that would allow me to have a couple ottomans or stools underneath for extra seating, and because obviously- it looks cool too!
It seemed like every sofa table I came across had a base that would not allow for ottomans, very frustrating!  I was so happy to have the option to customize this table for my needs - I had them move the long bottom stretcher to the back so that I can happily realize my pinterest dreams one day!  
Ha, Ha!
Normally on this table base, the long bottom stretcher is in the middle.  I could have opted to get rid of the long stretcher, or all the stretchers for that matter, but I really like this look. So now I'm shopping for ottomans!
This is seriously a quality piece of wood furniture, I am so impressed with!



I think the sofa table really helps to further define the seating area in this large family room.

I'll of course update you when I find the perfect ottomans for under the table!
****UPDATE:  Click Here to see the ottomans I got!


  1. that is beyond brilliant! going to check them out now. :) that a little playhouse under your stairs? going to see if I can find that post....i'm about to start a project like that for my boys :)

    1. Thanks Nancy! Yes, we had our builders put a small window cutout and door in the area below the stairs for a toy room. There is no post about it because that's all it is, just a door and a window. Nothing cute inside, just a mess of toys!

  2. Looks fabulous Amy! Great job!