Wednesday, June 8, 2016

The Sofa Table That Almost Got Away

What do you do when you are expecting lots of overnight guests for the weekend?  I start by getting the "stuff" out of the guest bedrooms.  Stuff is anything that needed to be out of sight quickly at some particular time in the past.  In this case, the stuff is the sofa table that we were using as an entry hall table until a few weeks ago.  Exhibit A:



I still like the table, just not in the entry hall and not in the guest bedroom.  Luckily, the table is heavy.  Its weight kept me from loading it in my car and bringing it to a consignment store.  So, I put SuperSliders under it and pushed it behind the sofa in the family room as a temporary storage solution.  Go figure - putting a sofa table behind a sofa.


I had thought it would not work in this casual area of our home.  I am happy to say that I was wrong.


It's hard to imagine that the sofa was just "floating" in front of the shuttered windows before.



I feel like I got a free table!


I was also overjoyed to buy a Lane table to match our existing end table on eBay.  I've been searching the site every so often for about two years for one. (We got the original end table and coffee table when we first got married. I'm kind of sentimentally attached to them.) This long room needed a second end table, but I didn't like the look of mismatched tables.

A few weeks ago, I found one.  The seller shipped it to me via Greyhound bus.  I'd never heard of shipping that way, but he explained that for such a heavy item, it was much more affordable.  The closest Greyhound station called me when it arrived, and I picked it up.

Then the work began.  The seller had described the wear on the top of the table as typical family usage.  The family must have been a bunch of fraternity brothers. I should add that the damage definitely did not happen in transport.  The seller had packed it like it was an extremely valuable antique. Anyway, after lots of sanding and some care, it now matches our original one.

So, I'm pretty much doing the happy dance all around the family room!

Heartfully,

Eilis


Eilis
Eilis

16 comments:

  1. The sofa table is so pretty Eilis! I'm glad you found a home for it.

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    1. Thanks, Lisa! And now I have a new place to decorate!

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  2. Good Morning Eilis and what a wonderful spot for your sofa table!
    I love it when we shop our homes and the goods were all there just waiting for us:)
    Love this room so much!
    Jemma

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    1. Thanks, Jemma. I agree - shopping at home is best!

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  3. Way to go girl! The sofa table looks fantastic behind the couch. I love that you looked forever and then found the end table. Also, it's a good thing you know how to refinish things.

    I probably need sofa table behind my couch. Come over and tell me what you think!

    Happy TOHOT friend. :)

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    1. Your blog looks so pretty!

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    2. Thank you, Stacey! I didn't even know I "needed" one LOL.

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  4. The table is perfect there....I love placing pieces of furniture behind a sofa....we then have more table space to style! :)
    Glad you had that ah-ha moment!

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    1. Thank you, Shirley. So far I just put a few things I had on it....but I am looking forward to doing more with it!

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  5. Wow, your sofa table looks perfect in it's new home! That was a great idea! So exciting that you found your matching end table after so many years. It looks as if it has been there all along!

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    1. Thank you, Shenita! So happy to hear from you.

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  6. What fantastic tables. Your room looks so welcoming and cozy. Thank you for so faithfully joining us at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. You are a treasured blogging friend.

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    1. Laura, Thank YOU for getting us Texas bloggers together. I am starting to feel like I have "old friends" in North Texas.

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  7. I loved your description of the stuff in your guest rooms.
    We are twins!
    The sofa table is lovely in its new spot and I am glad you were lucky on Ebay.
    Win-win!
    Happy TOHOT.

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    1. Laura, I am glad to know I'm not alone!

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  8. Eilis, lesson learned, don't ever get rid of a piece of furniture; it can always be reused and reloved. It looks perfect behind the sofa! Thank you for sharing at Your Inspired Design Link Party.

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