Planning a Console Table Build

We currently have a console table in our foyer.  It's a perfectly nice little console table.  When it became a member of our home, it was painted black, lightly distressed with gold. After a bit of time, I was ready for a pop of color and painted it Behr Pumpkin Patch (mixed with unsanded tile grout to make DIY chalk paint) and toned it down with a coat of dark mocha glaze.  Just the look I was after at the time!

While I still enjoy the color and style of the table, the scale is extremely undersized for the space and the photo gallery above it.  The current table is only 42" wide. 

Time for a new, bigger console table!

Several I've found online would be wonderful.

Like this Connor Console Table from Pottery Barn.  Isn't the marble top beautiful?

Pottery Barn

Or, Crate and Barrel's Bluestone Console Table.  Loving the warmth of the stained wood.  This one is really close in dimension to the size we're looking for.

Crate and Barrel

Even though it's not quite wide enough for our space, the simplicity and clean lines of West Elm's Rustic Acacia Console Table are also appealing:

West Elm

All three options above are amazing, but when my frugal nature finally kicked in, my search led to DIY plans.  That's when I found it - the Rustic X Console Table - a style I like and the size is perfect.  Best of all, hubby and I can make it ourselves.  

Thanks to Ana White's website, a complete set of free plans are available along with many reader project photos.  

Hillary at The Friendly Home used Ana White's plans to build the beautiful table below.

Rustic X Console

Can't wait to start the build!  We'll search our lumber stash to determine what can be used and hopefully, we'll have most of the materials on hand.  

The original plan dimensions are 74-1/2" wide, 16-1/2" deep and 30" high.  We plan to add 2" to the height to make it 32" - the height of our current table that works very well for lamp height.

Looking forward to having two usable shelves below, for display and perhaps storage baskets.  

Will keep you posted on our adventure!  Have you built furniture for your home?  Did you enjoy the experience and were you pleased with the results?

Your comments are greatly appreciated and I look forward to your thoughts and ideas!  I try to respond to comments via email as soon as I can. If your email address isn't available, I will comment here. Thanks so much for visiting!  

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  1. Ooh, that sounds like a great project! How nice that you and husband have the knowledge and skills to build it yourselves! You can customize it to your needs, like changing the height, etc. Looking forward to seeing the finished product.

    1. Hi, Bless! We have the tools - just need the time! I'm really looking forward to starting on it - may be a weekend type project. :)

  2. Sounds like a great plan! We have a sofa table in our foyer too and I've always wanted to replace it with an apothecary table with lots of little drawers, or maybe even a large dresser with more storage. Maybe one day. :)

    1. Both of those options would be nice, Lisa. Extra storage space is always a good thing!

  3. I love your idea.. This table will be fantastic in your space..Cant wait to see it , when you finish..
    My husband has built several things for our home. I look on...but not much talent on my part.ha

    1. How nice , Judy! I am trying really hard to learn and today hubby taught me how to use the Kreg jig io make pocket holes for screws to join two pieces of boards. It's quiute fun!