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…




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…


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! 😉


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?

Distress Paint Technique-

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.


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!


Click below to purchase a Kreg Jig Master System!


  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!

  5. Karen on July 22, 2014 at 7:29 am

    I am making a version of your console table as a kitchen island. However, I modified it a bit and am using 2x4s for the legs instead of 4x4s. I also want to put casters on the bottom of the legs. I am having a great deal of trouble finding a caster that will fit the bottom of a 2×4. Have you ever put casters on the bottom of a 2×4 in any of your projects? We did find some casters that have a post and socket mount but my husband thinks that the island will be too heavy for that type of mount and prefers the plate and screw mount. Do you have any ideas? Thank you and keep up the great ideas! Your blog is an inspiration to me.

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      ????????I built my own using the plans at www. – highly recommended you check those out too. They are detailed and super easy to read and understand unlike several others I found online. The amount of plans there is mind-boggling… there’s like 16,000 plans or something like that for tons of different projects. Definitely enough to keep me busy with projects for many more years to come haha



  6. Karen on July 19, 2014 at 5:44 am

    Oops. I found it at Ana’s. Sorry. 4″ overall clearance. You guys rock!!

  7. Karen on July 19, 2014 at 5:44 am

    Oops. I found it at Ana’s. Sorry. 4″ overall clearance. You guys rock!!

  8. Karen on July 19, 2014 at 5:40 am

    We need a temporary kitchen island while our kitchen is undergoing remodel. I thought this would work and then I could use it as a console table in the LR afterwards. I can’t find on your site or Ana’s what size casters you used. Did I just miss it somewhere? Thanks.

  9. Karen on July 19, 2014 at 5:40 am

    We need a temporary kitchen island while our kitchen is undergoing remodel. I thought this would work and then I could use it as a console table in the LR afterwards. I can’t find on your site or Ana’s what size casters you used. Did I just miss it somewhere? Thanks.

  10. Shea Graham on October 28, 2013 at 10:43 am

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

    • myrickdf on June 1, 2014 at 1:35 pm

      Did you check a lumber yard? We had to go to a lumber yard. Home Depot and Lowes only had pressure treated.

  11. Amanda Waldo on September 15, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    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

  12. Linda Crandall on August 27, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    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!

  13. Janet Gatlin on August 20, 2013 at 9:48 am

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

    • Debi Sizemore on August 20, 2013 at 10:20 am

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

  14. Kate Bottrell on August 19, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Gorgeous!! 🙂
    I need to get me a Kreg Jig!

  15. Renae Reis on August 19, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    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!

  16. Christine Vandormolen on August 19, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    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

  17. Vicki Packham on August 19, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    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 on August 27, 2013 at 10:14 am

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

  18. Edith YourChicagoConnection on August 19, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    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

  19. Jessica Blanchard on August 19, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    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!!!

  20. Linda Crandall on August 19, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Love what you did. The link to the plans was not work 🙁

    • Linda Crandall on August 27, 2013 at 6:43 pm

      Thanks for fixing the link! I appreciate you support

  21. Sarah on August 19, 2013 at 11:39 am

    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.

  22. Melissa Geittmann on August 19, 2013 at 11:20 am

    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?

    • Shanty2Chic on August 19, 2013 at 2:07 pm

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

  23. eesh on August 19, 2013 at 11:07 am

    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)

  24. Adriana Hernandez on August 19, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Looks amazing!!! I need that jig ASAP!! 🙂

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