Mad Like Alyce

Back in July, Damir and I bought our first couch together. I have to say, it was both exciting to make our first big purchase as a couple, as well as feeling out how we work together in the decision making process. Based on our first two months living together using a futon as a couch, we had decided to go with a chaise couch so we could both use the couch and stretch out.

I had also sacrificed my desk during the move to our one bedroom apartment, and since have taken over the chaise portion of the new couch as my command central. It is comfortable, I can type with my arms in an (almost) ergonomic position, and can stretch out. There is only one downside… I cannot reach the coffee table from this position. With the chaise side of the couch right next to the door, there was no room to add a side table, and with the rate I chug my morning coffee (or evening wine), leaning forward to place it on the table every minute was just a hassle and I knew there had to be a solution.

I decided a sofa table between the wall and sofa would be ideal, but I just couldn’t find anything in stores or online that was what I wanted… and if you know me, you know this suits me just fine. So I hit up Lowes and built it myself!

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DIY Sofa Table

You will need:

  •  1  6in or 8in wide 1/2 inch pine board (cut to length of the back of your couch) This is the top.
  • 4 railing spindles (cheaper than pre-fab table legs)
  • 2 1inch x .5 inch boards, cut to the length of your couch, plus an extra 1-2 feet. This is used for stability under the table, and may vary slightly based on factors such as your spindles (refer to step 6). Also note, the pieces that were 6 feet long were much cheaper than the 8 foot long ones. Because of this, the sides of my table are constructed of two pieces put together which you will see in the pictures. If your table won’t be as hidden as mine, go with the longer ones!
  • 1 1/4 inch screws and drill
  • Latex gloves
  • Wood stain
  • Polyurethane
  • Paper towels
  • 1 Paintbrush
  • White spray paint
  • Wood glue
  • Saw (I used a hand saw which worked just fine)

Instructions:

1. I started by measuring the length of the back of my couch as well as the height from floor to the top of the back. In my case, our couch is 7 feet long and 36inches high. Cut your boards to the correct length, and cut down the spindles to the correct height.

Lowes did have pre-fab table legs that were beautiful, but they also cost $5 per leg at their cheapest. While walking around, I discovered deck railing spindles that were $1 each and worked beautifully… with a savings of $16.

I knew my table would not have to be the most sturdy thing in the world since it was going to be sandwiched between the wall and the couch. If you are building a sofa table that will be freestanding behind your sofa, the legs might be a better option for a 6in wide tabletop. You will get improved stability the wider you want the table top to be.

2. Next, Paint your wooden spindles and the 1 inch boards. I used a spray paint with primer… but in my last few projects, I honestly have come to the decision that that primer in the spray paint doesn’t amount to much. While two coats of the spray paint did just fine, I still recommend going over the legs with primer and a paint brush and allowing it to dry, then painting. Allow your paint to dry according to product instructions.

In my pictures, you will see I stained my 1 inch boards to match the top, but after the fact I felt that it might have looked a bit better if they had been white instead to match the spindles. Totally up to you!

3. While these are drying, go ahead and stain your boards. I gave mine just one good coat of stain using paper towels. Allow to dry according to stain instructions.

Also, if you are like me and take your glasses off so you don’t have to worry about pushing then back up your nose with dirty hands… just watch where you step.

glassesLuckily they bent back into place. Painting in the dark, not always recommended.

4. Once your boards are dry, give them a coat of polyurethane, allow to dry according to first coat instructions on the product labeling, then give it a second coat. Allow to cure completely.

This next part may take some modifications on your part based on widths of the products you use. I have included measurements from my own project as a guideline.

5. Using a pencil, measure out the dimensions of your spindle in the corners of the top board. Mine were 1in x 1in, so I measured and drew this square on the top of my board. Then, use the drill to drill a pilot hole in the very center of the sketched out spindle. Using your 1 1/4 inch screws, screw through the top of the boards into the spindle.

I had no problem with the screws being visible on this project, but you may not want that for your own table. If you want to hide the screws, start with step 5, then once the table is constructed, fill in the screw holes with wood filler, sand down, then stain. It may also be best to swap out the spray paint for regular paint and a brush to give you more control when painting the spindles.

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7. Depending on how large your spindles are, you will need to trim down your 1 inch boards. My spindles were 1 inch wide, so I trimmed 2 inches off of each 7 ft long 1in boards. It is important for these to fit tightly, so I actually re-measured the space between the now added spindles and cut accordingly to ensure a snug fit.

Apply the wood glue to the inside of the spindle and place the board on edge so it is snugly fit against the bottom of the table and in between the two spindles on that side. Drill 4 pilot holes at even intervals down the board, then use screws to secure it to the underside of the table.

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8. Now measure between the spindles on the two ends of the table, and cut pieces from the extra length of 1 inch board. Again, you will want these to fit snugly. I also recommend cutting two of the same length for each side if using actual spindles vs. table legs (see step 9). Apply wood glue to the inside of the two spindles and place one of the pieces in between the spindles on the end of the table. Drill two pilot holes, then secure to the underside of the table top with screws.

9. Here is where the spindles have their downside. They are not quite as sturdy as a table leg since they are far thinner, the intention that they would be used in a railing where they are secured at the top and bottom. This resulted in my table looking like a newborn foal… Not what I had intended. To remedy this, I used the second piece of the smaller length 1 inch boards to secure the two spindles together at each end. It wasn’t the prettiest fix, but since this would be placed between my couch and wall, I wasn’t too concerned.

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If you find yourself in this predicament also, I would recommend using wood filler and touching up your white paint after the wood filler dries.

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Finally, I have a place to set my wine 😀

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Hi! I'm Alyce.
Welcome to my journey towards living a happier and healthier life while living with PTSD and chronic pain... and never letting it keep me from my passion for Halloween, cooking, and way too many DIY projects... all at the same time!

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  • When I first saw @miss_stryx post her challenge, it really shook me. What AM I most afraid of? My first thought... was everything. Which made me realize that honestly, my biggest fear is losing control of my PTSD. I was diagnosed with PTSD 9 years ago, but it  took a good few years before I really understood what that even meant and how it impacted how I felt each day. It took even more years of counseling and amazing support from my friends and family before I was able to really get control of it. I'm happy to say that I'm now at a place where I live with PTSD but it doesn't control me. That being said, I'm always terrified of what might happen if it would spiral away from me again.
My second greatest fear is something that has plagued me from my childhood, but became an outright phobia and trigger once I developed PTSD. That is a fear of needles.  Shots, giving blood, and especially IVs.  Then it hit me... what is the perfect combination of both of these  fears? A lobotomy. A very controversial treatment used in the past on people with mental illness, involving a huge needle. 
From that terrifying vision came an awesome collaboration with some really great friends, and filmed and edited by the INSANELY talented @jibclimmer to complete my first ever horror short film. I'm so thankful to have so many talented and wonderful people that were willing and excited about making this vision a reality. I hope this isn't too dark for you guys, but I totally understand if it is! The idea actually terrified me and I put myself in the very center of it! Ultimately, filming this was actually not scary at all, as I have such incredible friends, and I was in a safe space the entire time. This particular version of the film is not the final version, since we were limited to 60 seconds on Instagram. Very soon we hope to have the entire short film up and posted and I will make sure to let you all know when that is live on YouTube! It is with great pleasure that I present to you my entry for round 1 of the #StrykingFEAR contest.
  • What would you do if you foresaw the telling of your own death? Here are some stills of my round 2 entry for the #StrykingFEAR contest. To see  the backstory on my Undead fortune-teller,  check out my last post for a quick short film introduction. The 2 part tutorial video should hopefully be up on the blog shortly!
  • For round 2 of the #StrykingFEAR contest, the character I was initially least excited about was the fortune teller. Why? Because fortune tellers are usually great beauty makeups. While I love doing horror looks, I really can't say I'm great shakes at beauty makeup. And then it hit me... what a great opportunity to do something outside my comfort zone AND something familiar with a two part makeup? I borrowed a crystal ball from a friend, ordered tarot cards, and learned a little bit on how to do a reading and pulled together an ending to this fortune teller's story… or should I say beginning?
  • When your sling gives you a full blown chronic pain flareup. Laying on the floor with my legs up to help take pressure off my lower back, and mystic seems pretty concerned. Good thing I have episode three of the @girlinspacepodcast to listen to!If you haven't started listening to this audio drama, you need to check it out ASAP! #chronicpain #chronicfatigue #lifeinasling #girlinspace #findme
  • Good things happen when you leave the apartment for the first time in a week! These must've gotten dropped off when I was taking a nap, I opened my front door to find this gorgeous Halloween bouquet on my doormat from @bkbecker! I just can't get over those adorable bats!!! #ihavethebestfriends #halloween
  • Rose Madder has an ethereal beauty and raw feminine power, however, something is off... something not quite human. The shadows under her skin would be perhaps leprosy, perhaps something worse, and her eyes are rabid with madness. “Don't look at her face! That is not for the likes of you.”
She was fascinated by the texture of the woman's back, her bare shoulder, and the lower part of her neck. The skin was finer than watered silk. But farther up on her neck... Rosie didn't know what those grey Shadows lurking just below her hairline could be, and didn't think she wanted to know. Bites were her first wild thought, but they weren't bites. Rosie knew bites. Was it leprosy? Something worse? Something contagious? 
Products used in this look are: 
Woochie cream makeup in Dead Guy Grey, @mehronmakeup aqua color in white and gray, Light green cream makeup from the zombie color set from Woochie, Eyeshadows from the @tartecosmetics artist palette.
Gold aqua color from the Mehron brilliant palette, @bennyemakeup bruise wheel.
Full tutorial on the blog!
  • One of the reasons I love Stephen King novels is because he illustrates just enough of the character for your imagination to kick in and fill in the horrifying details that make it real and terrifying for each individual. Because this has never before been made into a motion picture I was really excited to be able to make my own spin on how Rose Madder would appear for round 3 of the #StrykingFEAR contest. Check out the full tutorial, now up on the blog, link in bio!

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