DIY Couch/Wall Spacers

Jan's Garden Art
by Jan's Garden Art
4 Materials
75 Minutes
I have to have my couch against the "window wall". You know what that means - the couch gets pushed against the curtains whether you want it to be or not. We had carpet and my husband had these extra 2x8 wood pieces left over. We hid them behind the couch legs to give enough space so the curtains didn't get smooshed. Perfect answer!
We just got new flooring and they didn't hide so well. I have an idear!!!!
This is what is looked like with the new flooring. Very visible - very yucky. Not very "Better Homes and Gardens".
I fine sanded (120 grit) the top & sides, and fully sanded the "rainbow" ends (see the pic above? see where the grain looks like a rainbow? Rainbow Ends.) Those ends are rough. They needed a coarse, medium and fine sanding (60 grit, 100 grit then 120 grit). The rest of the piece only needed fine sanding. I used a hand sander - it's not a big job. Sanding both pieces took 20-30 minutes - TOPS. Once that was done - I wiped the pieces off with a microfiber towel. Microfiber towels are great for picking up and fine dust particles on the wood. No harsh chemicals needed. Time to Pre-Stain. I used MinWax water based pre stain. I love the MinWax line of WATER BASED STAINS!!!! The colors are gorgeous, cleans off easy and you can stain inside of your house with the windows closed.
I had a can of "mis-tinted" MinWax water based stain that I thought would be PERFECT for this job. I don't know what color it was supposed to be, but it looked like chocolate to me! 2 coats is all it took. Approximately 15 minutes to stain both pieces for each coat.

Why do I like mis-tints? They're much cheaper, variety of colors! Everytime I step into Lowe's I always check the mistints!

I then covered it with a coat of Deft Lacquer. That has to be done outside - but after only 3 hours of being outside to dry and "air out" it was in the house doing it's job.
Back in it's spot. Matches wonderfully with the couch leg and the new floor! No sliding couch banging into the window.
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  • Charmed Charmed on Nov 09, 2018

    Perfect! I have used everything from a stack of hard cover books to post office priority boxes. This is a much more attractive fix.

  • Rose Rose on Jul 08, 2019

    Love it! I could do this on a deeper scale to keep my recliners from hitting the wall.

    Thank you!