After purchasing this leather sectional a few years back we quickly realized it would be impossible and/or super expensive to find a sofa table long and narrow enough to go behind it. But we really needed a spot for lamps and decorations, plus coffee and sippy cups.
The supplies for this project were minimal: 2 1x8x8 pine boards ($21 each), 8 foot stick of 1×3 ($8), 3 wood corbels ($6.99 each), and the paint and wax I had on hand. About $70.00 total for an 8 foot long workhorse!
I love the barn wood look because it’s not only easy to create, it disguises dust and stains amazingly. You can use this method on any surface but it looks best on wood with character such as knots, heavy grain, and even holes and scrapes.
I used the same treatment on the wood corbels and 1×3’s. Jarrod attached the 1×8’s together with 3 pieces of 1×3’s cut to size. Then he screwed the corbels to the wall and attached the 1×8’s to the corbels using 3/4 inch screws from the bottom. This picture explains the situation much more clearly.
The narrow space behind the couch provides hidden storage for ugly fleece blankets and baskets filled with books and toys.
As you can see there’s plenty of space for my favorite lamps and rotating seasonal decor. There’s always a glass of something on top yet I’ve never found a water mark. This table has definitely been the simplest and most useful DIY project we’ve ever tackled.
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