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How We Made A Sofa Table From Reclaimed Wood and Metal

DIY Sofa Table

I enjoy putting pieces together to make something unique like this sofa table from reclaimed wood and recycled aquarium stand.

How We Made A Sofa Table From Reclaimed Wood and Metal

Sofa Table From Reclaimed Wood and Metal

Of course I couldn’t put it all together without the technical expertise of my hubby, fondly know as the JTS (Junktion Technical Specialist).

My junk haul for the day

The base for the new table is an aquarium stand I bought at My Favorite Junk Shop.

measuring reclaimed table top

The top is one side of a drop leaf table. It’s been in my wood stash for years. I did have two of them. We made a project using the other piece but for the life of me I can’t remember what it was. I can’t find it in my files either. Oh, well.

reclaimed board for bottom shelf

The drop leaf was a tad wide so the JTS cut it with a table saw (no photo). The white board from my wood stash is going to be the bottom shelf.

cutting reclaimed wood

The JTS measured and cut the bottom boards for me. The only problem is we could only get 4 pieces out of the white board and that wasn’t enough to cover the bottom completely. I was going to space them out and leave gaps between each board but then the  JTS came up with a brilliant idea.

cutting table top with table saw

He suggested using the board he cut from the drop leaf to finish out the bottom shelf. The board was perfect, I mean it matched the top and everything. I did get a photo of him cutting the extra board. Using a table saw is serious work.

drilling screw holes in iron stand

Next we drilled screw holes in the iron stand and attached the table top.

attaching table top to metal stand


raw wood

The back of the table top and the cut boards for the bottom shelf all had raw unfinished edges.

Minwax wood finishing cloths

I used a Minwax wood finishing cloth to stain the raw edges. They come in handy and are similar to baby wipes in size. Just pull one out of the package and rub it over the wood.

staining raw wood

The match wasn’t exact but close enough.

Howards Feed n Wax for scratches in the wood

To cover the scratches and renew the wood finish I used Howard’s Feed n Wax. See what a difference it makes?

wax for the iron table base

There was a bit of flaking paint and rust on the aquarium base. I applied clear wax to stop the flaking and to protect the finish.

Sofa Table made from an Aquarium stand and reclaimed lumber Petticoat Junktion 2

All done.

How We Made A Sofa Table From Reclaimed Wood and Metal Petticoat Junktion 1

See how nicely I covered the cut edges of the wood used for the bottom shelf with the wipe on stain. Looks great! What do you think of the table? The JTS did a great job didn’t he. The idea to use the left over board from the drop leaf was genius. Alternating the white and dark boards on the bottom shelf gives the table a designer look.

You guys could make a similar project. Just find some pieces to put together. You don’t need a table saw, a handsaw would do. I bet you have a drill already. Drills are my favorite power tool because they’re easy to use and save time. They come in handy for sooo many of our projects.

Have you made a similar project? Share the details. See you tomorrow with a super simple project….no tools required.

Products used in this project
Howard’s Feed n Wax
Minwax Wood Finishing Cloths
Howard’s Neutral (clear)  Wax
(Amazon affiliate links for your convenience)

More funky tables from Petticoat Junktion. Just click the pink text links to see how we did it…. Rock Star Chalkboard Table


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The Perfect Weathered Wood Finish

Thanks for being here and have a great day. Kathy

Kathy Owen founder of Petticoat Junktion
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Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. Hi! I’ve been reading your blog for some time now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Atascocita Texas! Just wanted to mention keep up the excellent job!

  2. That turned out great! I love seeing old things get a new life. 🙂 Thank you for sharing this with us at the #HomeMattersParty

  3. How you ever saw the potential in that stand is amazing! Great job Kathy!!

  4. I’ve been planning on making us a sofa table soon too, I might have to find an old aquarium stand now, this looks great! The Wednesday “To Grandma’s House We Go” link party just started over at grandmashousediy.com and I thought you might be interested in joining it, thanks!

  5. This is the coolest table. I like how the bottom shelf is different from the table top. It looks great.

  6. You two have produced some awesome reclaimed wood tables and this clever reuse of an aquarium is no exception – love it!

  7. Ingenius! I also am in love with the little table with the white legs and the grey top. I’ll have to visit that make-over when I have time another day. I love your projects!

  8. Love the use of a drop leaf! And never would have thought of drilling holes in the aquarium stand to attach! Love that. I wish we could see a picture of the finished table without decorations on it!

  9. Love the table! Wood and metal is always my favorite Lisa@ Sweet Tea N’ Salty Air

  10. Awesome project! Awesome result! Love your creativity. The “Hi” on the bottom shelf is perfect, might have to copy that. Special shout out to the JTS, with whom it seems all things are possible! You guys are amazing!

  11. Looks great! I like the white and wood on the bottom too! I didn’t know Minwax made stain filled baby wipes!!!

  12. Your table looks great! The hubby did a great job on it. I have never hear of the Minwax wood finishing cloths. I will have to check those out.