A few weeks ago I bought a new sofa for the living room. I had been wanting to replace it for some time now so that I could get a section to allow more seating space for guests. I bought the absolute smallest sectional I could find – the equivalent of two love seats so that it would fit into my living room space.
Upon its arrival I discovered I only had about 16 square feet of move around space in the middle of the living room. The coffee table I had which was about 4 feet by 2 feet was way to big. It was evident that I would need a small coffee table.
I decided to use a five dollar Ikea stool and a pre-cut wood tabletop to make the coffee table.
The stool was assembled as per Ikea’s instructions with the exception that I didn’t put on the actual seat.
Instead, I used screws that were a bit longer to attach the table top.
Once the tale top was attached I used some spackling paste to fill in some minor imperfections (I didn’t have wood filler on hand – though that would have been better).
I then sanded down the whole thing. The sides in particular needed some extra sanding to make the cuts smoother.
I then used a sample size of paint from the hardware store to paint the tabletop. It got about three coats. Using the foam roller brush kept the surface smooth.
Side note – these paint samples are so much smaller now than they were before! Please tell me I’m not imaging this!
To finish off my small coffee table I used some polyurethane to add some shine and to hopefully make it last a bit longer.
It’s perfect for the space. And, I am so happy to have finally conquered my first Ikea hack!