Check out my $80 Pottery Barn Inspired Console Table!

Oh hey!  Happy Monday!

Those of you that follow us on Instagram have seen this bad boy in progress over the last week!  I am so excited to finally get to share my Pottery Barn Inspired Console Table!

Console Table

Console Table DIY

Isn’t she cute?!

This really was a very simple build… With the right tools!

I teamed up with my sweet friend Ana for this build to bring you guys free plans to build your own.  You can see the full set of free plans HERE!

I will share some building a finishing tips here.

First thing first…

I used my Kreg Jig to build the entire piece.  I LOVE my Kreg Jig !  

If you are thinking ‘What the heck is a Kreg Jig ?’… You can check out our video HERE explaining it in very simple terms.

Kreg Jig

I used 1 1/2″ pocket holes and 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws for the entire build.  Here are some shots of where I placed my pocket holes…

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After the base was done, I moved on to the first shelf.  I opted to use a project panel for this part.  The price was the same, and I didn’t have to mess with edgebanding the plywood.  My panel was from Lowe’s and it was 3/4″ thick and 20″x72″.  All I had to do was cut some length off.  Easy!  After I cut that, I used a pencil to mark where my legs would be like this…

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I decided to wait and add the middle braces after this shelf to make it easier.  To cut the squares for the legs, I used my Ryobi Jig Saw!  Love this thing.  And best part… It runs on the same battery as my drill and all my other ONE+ tools.

Ryobi Jig Saw

Next I just dropped the shelf into place… I didn’t worry too much about my imperfect cuts.  Caulk covers it all! ;-)

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Bigger pic…

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I added the top pieces next.  Here are a few shots.

How to build a table

One big important tip is adding the pocket holes to your top runners before adding them to the piece.  You can see where I have put them along each top board.

Console Table Top

You will use these to attach your top to your base.  Before doing that, I added my short side pieces.  I did run into a small glitch here.  My drill wouldn’t fit to insert the screws on the top holes, so I pre drilled and used a 4″ wood screw from the top on each side like you see here in the pic.  Make sure to use Gorilla Wood Glue on this part as well!

Kreg Pocket Holes

Now to build the top!  I used my Kreg Jig to create the top like this!

How to plank wood

After attaching those boards together, I turned the base of the table upside down on top of it like this…

Console Table How To

Now you will use the pocket holes you made on the top runners to attach the top planks.  Just use 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws through the base and into the top planks.  Make sense??

Kreg Jig Table

Whew.  It was harder to write all that… Promise ;-)

Want to see how I finished it?

I used one of my favorite finishing techniques for this part.  Super simple and cheap!

First, I sprayed the edges and some other areas of my piece with Rust-Oleum Dark Walnut spray paint.  It looked like this… I know.  Shanty, right?

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Next I used Vaseline in small amounts on the edges and corners I wanted to ding up the most.  You really don’t need to use a lot at all for this to work.  You can see here where I barely rubbed it into the corner.

Distress with Vaseline

I share another detailed tutorial on distressing with Vaseline HERE.

Once you have that done, you can paint over the whole thing.  I used a new Pantone color from Lowe’s called String and I LOVE it.  It is a perfect grey.  It has just a hint of brown in it making it a nice warm grey without looking cold.

Pantone String Lowes

How to distress paint

Once that has TOTALLY dried, I use an 80 grit sanding paper to scuff the paint off the corners.  Wherever you have put the vaseline, the paint will chip off easily.  You can sand more to make is as distressed as you like.

Here is what the finished product looks like…

Distress Paint with Vaseline

I did put a coat of Rust-Oleum Ultimate Polyurethane with Soft Touch over the entire thing.  This is found at Lowe’s as well.  It doesn’t stink and it goes on easily and dries fast.

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That’s it!

I added some bronze 2 1/2″ casters from Lowe’s to finish it off!

Here it is…

Sofa Table

DIY Console Table

Distress Paint with Vaseline

Console Table

Console Table DIY

Thank you SO much for stopping by!
Make sure to check out the full set of free plans HERE on Ana’s site!

I would LOVE for you to pin this and share it with your peeps below!

You guys are great and have an awesome week!

~Whitney

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  • Shea Graham

    Do you use untreated 4x4s? All I can find are pressure treated.

  • Amanda Waldo

    Hey there! I just discovered your site and I LOVE it! Absolutely brilliant! We are starting this project, and I like to start to look for everything I need….was wondering where you got the two baskets that go underneath the table? If I found out that would save me a lot of time shopping! :-) You know how that goes being a busy mama! ;-) Thanks! -Amanda

  • http://www.helloilivehere.com/ Linda Crandall

    I am determined to squeeze this QT into my project list this week and challenging myself to use all the scraps I have left! Thanks for the share – Happy Wednesday!

  • Janet Gatlin

    Love, love, love! Can you please tell me where you bought your leather sectional or what brand it is? Thank you kindly!!

    • Debi Sizemore

      I was wondering the same, I have been looking for a while now ;)

  • Kate Bottrell

    Gorgeous!! :)
    I need to get me a Kreg Jig!

  • Renae Reis

    Would love to know where you got the baskets since they seem to fit so perfectly! This is awesome because we have a boat load of 3′ 4×4′s laying around!! I might even be able to make one of these to sell. Wouldn’t that be something? :) This is great!

  • Christine Vandormolen

    love how that turned out…I only wish I knew how to use tools and built stuff..LOL…also love your family room. I see your TV is high up above the fireplace like ours…Are you getting tired of raising your head up to watch TV yet like we do??? Christine from Little Brags

  • Vicki Packham

    I’ve been following you for years. I love that you have teamed up with Ana, another of my favorites. Great project and thanks for sharing your finishing technique. One question; is your flooring in the family room stained concrete? Have you ever done a post on it? I would love to read about it and what you think of it.

    • Kristie

      I would like to know about the floor too. It looks cool!

  • Edith YourChicagoConnection

    great job, I need to first find the right tools and the right girl friend to join me in this job…. Good instructions and photos. I am so impressed.
    Edith YourChicagoConnection

  • Jessica Blanchard

    I know this is probably pretty basic, but could you do a tutorial on how you caulk to fill in cracks/crevices, or like you said imperfect cut wood?? Such as what type of caulk you would use, how you apply it, explain if you can paint over it and what not?! that would be sooo great if you could do a tutorial for it!!! pleaseee!!!

  • http://www.helloilivehere.com/ Linda Crandall

    Love what you did. The link to the plans was not work :-(

    • http://www.helloilivehere.com/ Linda Crandall

      Thanks for fixing the link! I appreciate you support

  • Sarah

    This is awesome! My husband and I just finished our first build, two of your Kentwood Bookcases… it was a lot of work but we are happy with the finished product! Finishing was challenging for us though… how do you get the finished wood to be smooth? We spent a ton of time sanding both bookcases,, but they both feel rough and bumpy again after adding the stain and poly. Any tips? Love your blog, thanks for the inspiration.

  • Melissa Geittmann

    Love this. I prefer to spray paint vs roll. I have a couple of PB side tables that I want to give an update too. Any thoughts on what color spray paint might be good for them?

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      If you are looking for a good gray, Rustoleum makes one called London gray that I think is so pretty :-). Hope this helps!

  • eesh

    Just a question, in your pictures it looks as if you build all of your projects then sand them assembled. How do you get into all the nooks and crannies or do you just skip some areas and call it good since they’re hard to reach? I’m just wondering cause usually I cut all my pieces then sand then assemble but it seems like it’s the longer route and I would love to find a quicker way of doing things! (I just have a palm orbital sander and it cant fit into tight spaces that’s why I ask)

  • Adriana Hernandez

    Looks amazing!!! I need that jig ASAP!! :)