DIY sofa table

If you love DIY and are looking for a use for a plank of wood with perfect patina that you serendipitously found, turn it into a table. Make your own sofa table using salvaged wood and wooden spindles for a table with charming personality. Thanks to Courtney over at for the inspiration.

What You’ll Need:

  • Plank of salvaged wood
  • Two 2x4s
  • Four wooden spindles
  • Saw
  • Nail gun
  • Drill
  • Clamp
  • Screws

What You’ll Do:

  1. Find a piece of wood with patina. Alternatively, you can make your own patina by painting a piece of wood and use sandpaper to mimic the look of natural wear.
  2. Use a saw to cut your piece of wood to the desired size. To determine the size of your sofa table, measure the back of the sofa it will go behind. Leave several inches on either side so that the sofa frames the table.
  3. If you are using a salvaged piece of wood, use a few coats of polycrylic protective finish to help seal the chippy paint.
  4. Use 2x4s for the table apron and wooden spindles for the legs. Measure the length you’ll need for each side of the table, and cut the wood to size. Paint the 2×4 sections (and spindles if necessary) in your desired shade. Fasten the 2×4 sections to the spindles using pocket holes and screws. (Don’t know about pocket-hole joinery? Don’t be intimidated and learn more here.)
  5. Attach the top distressed piece of wood to the frame using a nail gun.