I’m starting another category, this one called “How To.” If you missed it, I also have an “Easy” category which includes projects that are exceedingly easy. The “How To” category will include stand-alone skills and tasks that are useful in furniture-making, repair, makeover, upcycle, redo, decor-making, and the like. In this post, I show how I fixed our very saggy sofa by rehabilitating the springs.
When I was contemplating starting this blog, I knew I would be making some furniture. I also had another theme in mind, which is–Learn to love what you have. Or maybe better stated–Make what you have something you love. So what about this sofa? I liked it well enough, but it was in rough shape. We had this sofa for several years, and over time I noticed it was getting “soft.” Finally it got so soft, I had to do something about it because it was starting to feel like I was sitting on the floor while sitting on the sofa. Being not one iota curious about why the sofa was sagging, my solution was to cut a piece of pegboard and put it under the seat cushions. This was good enough for a few years.
Here is another easy DIY side table and my first IKEA hack. (Well, it’s my second IKEA hack if you count the mid-century modern inspired cement replacement sofa legs. Check the cement legs project out here.) For this DIY furniture project I used the legs from an IKEA Frosta stool. The IKEA Aptitlig chopping board made a great bamboo table top to go with the interesting Frosta bentwood legs.
I decided to do another project for my new “Easy” category of furniture-making adventures. I’m really enjoying getting projects done in quick order and hope you appreciate it too!
For this DIY project, I upcycled the legs from an inexpensive TV tray table and used two pine stair risers as the table top.
I’m really excited about this x-base coffee table because it folds like a tray table, making it a snap to store when it is not being used. Wouldn’t this be nice for a small living room–you can get it out when you want it, and put it away when you don’t.
Because the entire legs/base is from a tray table, this coffee table is about as sturdy as a tray table. Keep that in mind, and see if it meets your needs.
Here is my folding coffee table loaded up with about 60 pounds of goods, so I feel okay about putting a laptop on it, and some books, a drink, a remote, and kicking back with my feet on the thing. But I’m not going to sit on it or let my children sit on it (they’re teenagers). You get my point.
Learn how to make this easy, stylish side table. I used a magazine rack as the base and added a painted pine board table top.
When I started thinking about this project, I knew I wanted something easy. It’s spring cleaning time, and the grass is growing and needs mowing. Also, I was away from home and the blog for a while, visiting my sister who is recovering from a medical situation. And of course, my husband and kids always need tending to. So I needed an easy project. In fact, I like the idea of easy projects so much that I’m making a new category called “Easy.” These will be projects that can be done fairly quickly and involve mainly painting/staining (as options to your taste) and assembling by screwing or hammering things together.
The Side Table with Magazine Rack project has three parts: