Saturday, May 22, 2010

Completed Project

A few weeks ago I was able to convince my husband that we needed to make a trip to IKEA to purchase a new sofa.  Ever since I saw the Ektorp sectional sofa that Melaine had, I just knew that I had to have it too.  I made a special trip to IKEA just to sit on the sofa and make sure it was “the one.” Let me back up and say that while I love to shop for vintage goodies, shopping for sofas, is not my idea of fun.  I was thrilled with the size, shape, and fabric on my soon to be new sofa.

Since this sofa was a sectional and much larger than our old sofa, we actually ended up renting a U-Haul to go pick it up.  I have to say that buying that sofa at IKEA, getting it home and set up was a lot easier than I thought it would be.  Loved it in it’s new spot.  Only problem was that my coffee table which I loved, wasn’t working with this new sofa.  It was long and rectangle shaped.  I thought a round coffee table would be perfect and I had an idea in mind.  I found a oak pedestal table on craigslist for $35.00.  It looked something like this. (Sorry for the blurry pic.)

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I had my hubby cut down the base and then I reattached the top, painted the base and the apron cream, gave it a little distressing, sanded and  re-stained the top and voila.  The perfect coffee table. I couldn’t be happier with it. 

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Here’s what the old sofa and coffee table looked like.

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And now the new and improved sofa and coffee table.

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Didn’t get the best pictures, but you get the idea.  I am slowly making changes to my living room.  First the sofa, then the coffee table.  Next the drapes, and I want to find a cool sofa table/cabinet for behind the sofa.

Today was a crazy day filled with sewing and painting projects.  Only two weeks until Farm Chicks so now the pressure is on, but I’m having fun.  I’ll be back soon with some more completed projects.  Hope you are having a fun weekend.  We are having crazy weather here in the PNW and it has been a challenge getting my painting projects done in between rain showers.

34 comments:

Linda said...

WOW, that is a wonderful transformation! Just love your re-do of the table! Thanks for sharing!

Connie said...

That's darling, sweetpea! I've been trying my best to get to an Ikea in either Emeryville or Seattle and haven't yet. I want one of their slipcovers and they don't do mail order if you can believe it. I think it would fit my sofa though. I loooove yours!
xoxo,
Connie

My Shabby Roses said...

Wow Lisa, what a difference! I love it everything looks so fresh and nice.

Florence said...

Love the new look, the other looked cozy too though. Hugs Florence

Lorie said...

I love this! LOVE it! I am going to feature it on my blog tomorrow!

Andy's Attic said...

Lisa, the new combination looks great and very fresh! Love what you did to the table and also that you shared what you did to make the change. Thanks for the peak inside your home,
Annette

fairmaiden said...

Love the Ikea Ektorp...mine is not a sectional,rather two sofas because that is what fit best in our family room. I just did a post on getting new slipcovers on Wed. for White Wed. You will not be disappointed with this sofa.

Uncovered Ruby said...

Awesome makeover on that table!! I liked your red couches/chair too, your new one gives the room a whole new look..isn't it fun! Lisa :-)

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Yea! What a great transformation. Thinking out of the box!

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

Love your new living room, Lisa. That coffee table looks fantastic with the new sofas!

Lori said...

what a gorgeous transformation of your room Lisa...i am SO loving your new furniture and coffee table...bravo!!!

Caroline said...

It looks great....my MIL cut down a table to use as a coffee table years and years ago. We also did the same with an old desk. I can't believe how many compliments we got on it. A great way to reuse and recycle. I love the Ektorp couches...I think they are so comfortable and you can't go wrong on the price either.

Sherrie said...

Such a pretty change. You did a great job on the coffee table. Your room is so pretty and inviting!

Rebecca said...

it's fabulous! The change is over the top fab!

DARLING!

xoRebecca

Ormolulu said...

Lisa,
That looks GREAT! Smart that you kept the top natural, as it ties in the vintage rug perfectly! See ya at F/C!

Debi

Maison Douce said...

Looks great, Lisa!!! I really like the wood color on top...
Isabel

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

Your living room looks pretty and cozy. I have an Ikea sofa too. The slipcovers are great and easy to keep clean. Love that floral rug!
-Danielle

laurie -magpie ethel said...

So much different - love the new look! Great idea with the coffee table too - you are a smart cookie!

jodi @ Pleasant Home said...

LOVE the coffee table! What a great transformation. I saw a great idea for a sofa table the other day on a blog. it was one of those old wood headboards with the built in shelves. Kinda cool. Good luck with your painting. Isn't this rain ridiculous!

Pat said...

Looks to me like you've made a wonderful improvement...makes me want to do the same! Love the sofa AND the table...thanks for sharing. pat

Allison @ House of Hepworths said...

What a great idea! I love this!

Herbgirl said...

Love your DIY redo. My kitchen table is very much like your 'before' table so I keep it covered with a vintage white tablecloth!
Hugs N Herbal Blessings, mandy

Coleen said...

You are so clever!! I still have not made it to Ikea...will have to go one day.

Sorry I will not see you at Farm Chicks this year...but, will be thinking of all of you guys!!!

Heart Hugs,
Coleen

Pearl said...

Wonderful transformation love the new colors, and honey where did you get that awesome rug?

Secondhandrose said...

what a nice fresh change. I can see why you are so excited! Change is good.

karen

The Flying Bee said...

I love it Lisa! Gosh...I am so missing all of you over there! I want to go to FC sooo bad! I love all of your recent finds and your new space at Monticellos looks great!

Hugs,
Adrienne

The Flying Bee said...

Hi! Me again...I wanted to ask, do you sell your inserts for the shopping carts? I just bought a cart and I think it is the same size as the ones you show on your blog. I love them! I would love for you to make one for me...I know it's CRAZY for you right now with FC...I can wait! Let me know if we can work something out. :)

Thanks!
Adrienne

Amy'svintagecottage said...

Love that sofa, I have been pining for the same one for quite awhile, I did get the white ecktorp footstool slipcover brand new in the package at GW for $5bucks!
see you soon1
xoxo
Amy

The Cottage Garden Farmer said...

Ilove the coffee table, and the sofa too, although I think your old one was nice too!

Mattie Rose said...

Absolutely love the new look! Have almost the same table was going to have hubby cut down for me. Now I know where to get the couch. Thanks so much.

Mitzi Curi said...

I love your finished project! There are many tables out there in the world that could be given a second life as a coffee table.

Susan said...

Oh my goodness, this is a great idea and project. I don't know why I didn't think to do this with an old table I had a couple of years back. Oh well, my cousins have it now. Thank you for sharing. These are great.
Susan

teresa sheeley said...

Hey, you know that one table would have looked really sweet behind your couch. :) hehe It was a cool piece of furniture!!

Thetis said...

Lisa, your dad and I LOVE looking through your blog! It is always so much fun, it is like having you here telling us everything. The new couch is great, and what a GREAT table. That is what shows what a great couple you and Eric are! Love you