DIY Console Table

Hey guys!  If you follow us on Instagram you may have tried to guess what the heck I was going to build with 3 large turned legs…

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!


  • Lacey

    thanks for the inspiration!

  • Lacey

    Thanks for the inspiration!!

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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…

  • 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?

    • Shanty2Chic

      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 :)

  • Jennifer Tanksley

    I love this idea and design!

  • Stephanie Curtis

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

    • Shanty2Chic

      You totally could :) 3 was just for looks!

  • Shanty2Chic

    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.

    • Shanty2Chic

      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!!!!!!

    • Shanty2Chic

      Thank you Tammy! The plans are coming next week :)

  • astrollthrulife

    Love this and so perfect for a narrow spot.

    • Shanty2Chic

      Thank you:)

  • 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.

    • Shanty2Chic

      Cool idea! Thanks for sharing Kristen!

  • jonathan

    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!

    • Shanty2Chic

      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.

    • Shanty2Chic

      Thank you Kristin!

  • 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?

    • Shanty2Chic

      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!

        • Shanty2Chic

          Thank you Lorin!!!