A Sofa Table With Shelves

This is the first blog post I’ve ever written in WordPress, so forgive me if it looks funny!

(Pssst! If you haven’t seen our new blog ’cause you’re reading this in a reader- come on over to TheLetteredCottage.net and check it out!)

We’ve got a LONG ways to go, but I’m excited about how things are lookin’ so far.
(FYI- We’re working with Shannon from
EightCrazy Design again, and she is wonderful!)
When all is said and done, everything will be more organized, and there’ll be some fun, new sections on the site too!

One of the sections we’re adding will be called “Before & After”, because who doesn’t love a good Presto Chango, right?

And speaking of Presto Chango’s- we moved the neon green wicker console table out of the Mess Hall yesterday…

…and brought in a neat old, wood sideboard instead…

It was absolutely lovely to begin with (and free!), but I really envisioned using something with shelves or doors, and there just weren’t any on Craigslist that quite fit the bill (or budget!).

So my friend Jane put me in touch with a handyman named Baltazar, and he came over and added a couple of shelves for us…

(I staged it “dining room style” for this photo, but the pretty drawer and the TV & electronic components will make their way back onto it before we head home.)

While Baltazar worked, I played with his ADORABLE daughter, Ashley…

We looked for alley cats together, we listened for the ocean in seashells together, we drew pictures together…

We ate banana bread together…

We hung our pictures on the fridge at the Mess Hall together…

She spoke Spanish, so it was a bit of a challenge for me to understand her (and vice versa), but ya know what?

It didn’t matter one bit.

When Baltazar was done, she helped him pack everything back into his truck…

What a doll!

I’m writing an article for HGTV.com that explains/shows Baltazar’s step-by-step instructions, and I’ll post it here on our new blog as soon as it’s published and our “How To” section is finished!

In the meantime, have a marvelous Monday!


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  1. says

    Love the sideboard and the baskets you used. I also love how you staged it for dining room use. Too bad the electronics will make their way back to it.

    We all need our own Baltazaar that we can call every now and then. Lucky you he was available. The addition of the shelving totally turns it into a new piece and you proved there are other things to do with it than just putting a TV and all it’s electronics on it.

    How cute is Baltazaar’s Ashley. Got flashbacks of my kids when they used to draw pics when they were little. If their pic made it to the fridge, it was a big deal. Soo cute.

  2. says

    Love the new look even though it about gave me a heart attack when I first logged on and got an Error sign. Tried again and here I am, safe and sound. I’m off now to see all that you two love bird, cutie, nesters have been up to. Blessings!

  3. says

    Hi both loving everything great admirer of you your style and all the fun filled times you blog about
    Thanks for sharing some fabulous ideas and great style
    Hugs Suz UK

  4. says

    The new site looks great!

    When I scrolled through the pictures in the post I thought you had managed to find two coordinating pieces for free! I didn’t even realize it was the same piece. Can’t wait to see the instructions…

  5. Emily says

    Who is the artist of the painting of the march in the mess hall photos today? That is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! I love the colors and would love to know who the artist is so I could possibly find them and purchase one of their paintings for my home!!

  6. Patti says

    Ooh I don’t usually stop by daily but whenever I do, I say oh yea, now I remember why I love this blog, cuz you guys are so gosh-dang fantastic! I’m in love with this tv stand, you gave me a great idea for my own. I’m definitely diggin the new look, super easy to use … but can I suggest one lil change … a bigger font size! The type is super-tiny! Ok, that’s it, Love you guys!

  7. says

    I LOVE this idea!! I just found a box of cards and postcards amoung my family treasures and I LOVE this.
    THank you, thank you, thank you for all you do to brighten my day. Your “eye candy” makes me smile!

  8. says

    I really like the new design – it’s refreshing and much less visually chaotic. One last thing to make it perfect and MUCH more legible – Left justify your copy. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE for the love of legibility!!!

    • Layla & Kevin says

      Hey thanks!
      We diggin’ WordPress, and we look forward to playin’ around with the new blog more when we get home from Tybee.
      As for the left justification, well, I’m a centered text kinda gal. :-)
      I do want to figure out how to make the text bigger eventually though!


  9. jennifer says

    The sideboard looks great! Looking forward to seeing the how-to because I have a coffee table that I have been wishing I could put a shelf under for a long time.