DIY Console Table

console-tableWell holy moly I’m in love with it!!  *If you like the mirror propped on top, click HERE to see how I made it!*

diy-console-tableI needed a narrow console table to fit a blank wall next to our stairs and came up with this SUPER EASY beauty!  And of course we have the free plans for you as well!  Just click the image below to print!

Print Console Table Free PlansYou can also click HERE for the Free Plans!

legsWhen I said this table was easy, I wasn’t kidding!  It’s built with these awesome turned legs that I ordered from Osborne, 2×4’s and 2×10’s!  That’s it friends!  You can click HERE to order the turned legs.  I ordered the knotty pine – they are about $60 each but that is the bulk of the cost with this table!

Here’s how I built the table!

make-cutsI started by cutting my 2×10 boards.  These will be the main bases for the top and bottom of the table.

base-measurmentI cut 4 pieces at 59 1/2″.

apron-measurmentsNext, I cut 4 2×4’s @ 57 1/4″ and 4 pieces at 4 1/4″. That’s it for cuts 🙂  We usually say measure and cut as you go but for this project, you can go ahead and make all of your cuts.

Kreg-Jig-SettingsNext, I drilled all of my pocket holes.  Set your Kreg Jig at 1 1/2″.  If you don’t have a Kreg Jig, no worries, you can use 3″ wood screws and fill your holes.


drilling-pocket-holesFollow the plans to see where to drill pocket holes.  For this particular piece, you will only be able to use pocket holes in certain areas.

build-apronsStart by connecting the 2×4’s.  I used 3″ on the side that will face the wall and used 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws on the other side.  I like to use my Ryobi Impact Driver when I’m attaching 2x’s!  It’s one of my new favorite tools and It saves my arms 🙂 Build two of these and set them aside.

mark-for-legsNow it’s time to attach the legs to the bottom 2×10.  I traced around each leg before I flipped them over to attach.

attach-bottom-boardI used 3″ wood screws and my impact driver to attach the legs.

attach-apronThen I added one of the 2×4 assemblies and attached it with wood glue and 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws.

bottom-of-console-completeSince this is the bottom of the piece, I used 3″ screws to attach the final 2×10 board.  Don’t worry about filling your holes here!

finishing-topNow, flip the console over so the base is on the ground.  Attach a 2×10″ to the top of the legs using 3″ wood screws and wood glue. Then, attach the other 2×4 assembly with 2 1/2″ pocket holes to the final 2×10 board.  This 2×10 will be the very top of our console so we don’t want any screw holes.

Attach-TopSet the 2×4 assembly on top of the console and attach it (from the bottom of the 2×10 into the 2×4 assembly using 3″ wood screws.

unfinished-console-tableHere she is all ready for paint 🙂

distress-with-vaselineI used one of our favorite paint techniques to finish this off!  I applied a bit of Rust-Oleum Dark Walnut stain around the edges of the piece.  Once it was dry, I applied a little bit of vaseline on the edges and then painted two coats of Seine paint by Valspar,

ryobi-sanderOnce the paint dried, I used my Ryobi Corner Cat Sander to distress all of the edges. The vaseline creates a barrier between the paint and the stain allowing the stain to show when the paint is distressed.

how-to-build-a-console-tableEEEEEEKKKKK!!!!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this!  It’s the perfect table for anyone that has a narrow spot that needs a little something 🙂  And, it’s super fun to decorate!



diy-console-tableI hope you all love this console!  Make sure to print your FREE Plans HERE!  A huge thanks to Jay from Jay’s Custom Creations for taking our custom plans and converting them into PDF form for you guys!  We always appreciate your shares and pins!  Hope you enjoy 🙂

Do you love the wood floors in my living room?  You can click HERE to find out all about them!

Thanks for stopping by!


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  • Kelly Thompson

    How tall is the finished product?

  • Daynes Wife

    What great idea! I’ve been looking for something like this to put in my hallway. 🙂

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  • Eric Zerangue

    Just finished mine. A bit different than yours as I need to shorten and lower it. Great plans, and I love the result.

    • Mattie Postel Van Hook

      Hello, I love this modification and is exactly what I am looking for. what size boards did you use? 1×10 and 2×2? Also, how wide is your table? Thanks

      • Eric Zerangue

        Main boards are 1x10s and 45 inches long. The middle level is scrap wood I had laying around that I cut to 1.5 tall and 42.5 long (since the 1×10 really measured .75 x 10, I just doubled that so get what I felt was the right proportions). So total width of the table is 45 inches x 10 inches deep.

        • Mattie Postel Van Hook

          perfect, thanks for the info!

  • KK Galfano

    I am going to attempt to make this!! How can you make sure the boards are even to prevent wobbling? I made a bench in the past, but it was so uneven I had to disassemble and trash it!!! I am afraid of this because I am worried I’ll put my time effort and money and it will be wobbly!! HELP!!

    • Make sure the lumber you pick is straight! Hope this helps and good luck!

  • Craig Jackson

    It took about 8 hours to build, stain, paint and distress. I did the mirror too as a second piece. It’s only the second build and my wife really loves both pieces. I find DIY very enjoyable and save money by building quality real wood furniture.

    • nicole

      did you order your table legs from the site on directions? Wondering if local hardware stores sell these table legs for a lower price??

    • ETYellowRose

      This is the best looking version I’ve seen thus far. Great job!

  • Lacey

    thanks for the inspiration!

  • Lacey

    Thanks for the inspiration!!

    • Mattie Postel Van Hook

      Hi lacey, where did you get your thin posts from?

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  • Kaitlin Ferranti Puckett

    I am in LOVE with your living room wall color and trim. Can you share please?!?!

  • Michelle

    I just found this and am so making it today! I did want to ask about your brown leather sofa. Where did you get it?.

  • Christie McMahon Malchow

    Thank you so much for your tutorial!! I obviously opted for a 2 legged version, but I’ve never built anything before & I’m seriously so proud of myself!! 🙂

    • Guest

      Table pic was missing above…

    • pam

      where did you get your legs from can you share the link? your table turned out fab!!!

      • Thank you! There is a link in the post to the legs 🙂

  • Christie McMahon Malchow

    Is your table 5′ long (or just shy of)? I need to make mine about 4′ long (50″ max), do I need to subtract a half inch when making the cuts as you did on the length? Also…does it have to be 2 x 10’s? Can it be 1 x 10’s? I don’t see much in the way of 2″ thick boards at Home Depot…mostly 1″ boards. Thanks…this will be a first DIY project of this type for this gal!

  • samantha pregenzer

    ohhhhhhh my – this could be my next build! haha!!! 🙂

  • Hannah Paysnoe

    I love this! I’m sourcing the columns now… Question – since the table is so narrow, do you have any problems with it tipping over? Wondering whether I’ll need to secure it to the wall somehow?

    • Awesome Hannah! I don’t at all (even with a 3 year old and 2 teen boys) but, if you are concerned, I would fasten it to the wall through the studs with “L” brackets or something similar.

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  • Nina

    I’ve been following your projects for some time now and have recently added you on instagram. Love the work you do! Keep up the creative genius!! 🙂

  • Dawn Haines

    Can this be made with 18-20″ depth instead of 10″? Would modifications need to be made? Same question as below..did not see an answer. Also how tall does it end up being? Thanks

  • Jeni

    Can this be made with 18-20″ depth instead of 10″? Would modifications need to be made?

  • Jeni

    Can this be made with 18-20″ depth instead of 10″? Would adjustments need to be made?

  • Nilesen Cross

    I was wondering if your stain and paint are oil based or water based? Thanks 🙂

  • I love this idea and design!

  • Stephanie Curtis

    Could you make the table with 2 legs or is the middle leg there for support?

    • You totally could 🙂 3 was just for looks!

  • Thank you so much!

  • Curtis Kelley

    I built mine on Friday in about an hour. Now the legs are not as big as the ones posted but they work. This was so easy to do. My wife asked me to do it and boom done.

    • Love this Curtis! Thank you for sharing your experience!

      • Curtis Kelley

        This was so easy, I also built a farm table and benches. Looking for Nightstands and dressers to do. And could use some plans for a barn door headboard style look. picture is of the benches and table. Another simple easy build

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  • Tammy Linskey

    I absolutely love……….this piece!!!! Any chance you plans on the mirror? Thank you for your inspiration!!!!!!

    • Thank you Tammy! The plans are coming next week 🙂

  • astrollthrulife

    Love this and so perfect for a narrow spot.

  • Kristine Price

    Hi, I was given a pine kitchen table. I needed a slim console table for a narrow area, so we cut table in half longways added 2 small legs at the back for support and painted with annie sloane paint. sorry no pics folks not that offay with technology, but we gained 2 tables from this idea. cost pennies too.

  • I always use a candle stick for distressing. Have you ever tried that? I’ve never tried Vaseline. I’ll have to try it out next time and see if it works better. From the pictures of the finished piece though, it looks like the vaseline is working better. Looks great!

    • We have Jonathan! I think it’s about the same result but Vaseline is easier to apply in my opinion! Thanks 🙂

  • Kristin

    Love this and love the mirror too. Like how narrow it is so that it doesn’t take up too much space but adds a nice visual w/n the space.

  • Lorin

    Love this table! i have been eyeing one very similar at rh for my living room:) i really like that mirror, where did you get it?

    • Thank you Lorin! I actually made the mirror and I’m sharing a tutorial next week for it 🙂

      • Lorin

        So excited!! i have just started the whole building thing and am loving it:) Can’t wait to see the plans for the mirror. Thanks!