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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…

Console DIY

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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31 Comments

  1. Ashley on February 17, 2020 at 5:59 am

    Made this (with edited dimensions ) this weekend! I love it! Our (my husband and I) first piece of what I hope to be many more! Still have to find the time to paint it and get it decorated- but I am in love!!!( we didn’t use the casters either) Thank you for the plans!!!

  2. Dana on March 15, 2019 at 4:39 am

    I am building the console table. Everything has been easy & fun until I got to attaching the top. Any trick to getting in there to place screws? I’ve tried three different drills & still can’t get the right angle to sink screws

  3. Candice on February 25, 2016 at 5:23 am

    Thank you for your how to video. I am just learning to flip furniture and I am sure this will be my new favorite tool 🙂 Wonderful job!

  4. Lacey on March 1, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    This was a fast, super easy build! Mine only cost about 47.00 to make!

    • Elena on May 18, 2015 at 9:10 am

      Do you have a tutorial for yours? I like the way yours looks, super cute!

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