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DIY Console Table Reveal

Last weekend we took advantage of the gorgeous weather and turned our garage into a workshop as we measured, measured again, cut, assembled and sanded the boards that would result in this beauty ....

To say that we like it is an understatement!  

This journey began with the need to replace our drastically undersized original console table and you can read more about that HERE.

Our inspiration was Ana White's Rustic X Console.  We followed Ana's wonderful free plans to construct the frame using 2" x 2" and 2" x 4" boards.  These were the only boards we had to purchase, as we had the two shelf boards (1" x 12" each) and three tabletop boards (2" x 6" each) on hand.

The finished dimensions are a whopping 76-1/2" x 18" x 32" - a little over 6 feet, making it much more appropriately sized for our 18' long wall (our original console table was only 42".)

You'll notice a few additional foyer changes as well.  The wall was refreshed by adding horizontal painted stripes.  Read more about that HERE.

A bamboo typography mat for our front door also received a revamp and details are HERE.

Decor Steals

Now for the table build ... please be prepared for lots of pics!

We started around noon on Saturday and completed the build on Sunday evening.  Add in a couple of days for finish sanding, staining and adding hardware, and the new table was cozy and comfy in the foyer by midweek.

Be sure to check out Ana White's site for a detailed supply list, cut list and plans.   

You'll notice that we opted to not include the "X" on the sides of the table.  

We made lots of pocket screw holes with the Kreg jig.  

Hubby veered from the plans a bit and crafted shelf side braces that allow the shelves to drop into the braces.  He's creative that way! :)

We then installed the shelves and at that point, I couldn't resist moving it to the foyer to determine if the finished size was as we envisioned.  Fortunately, it was!

After the build, the next decision was whether to stain, paint or a combination of both.  

We stained the tabletop with General Finishes Gel Stain in Java.  

Honestly, this is amazing stuff!  No drips, spills or mess - it's a thick gel and goes on super nicely - just apply with a soft cloth or a brush and wipe off excess.  Let dry and you can apply as many coats as you like until you reach the color intensity you desire.  For this project, only one application of the stain was needed - it provided a rich dark tone, but was transparent enough to allow the wood grain to show through. 

In the end, we went with stain for the entire table and love it - it adds warmth and contrast against the light neutral striped wall.  

We also added hardware - corner braces - to the tabletop.  To find out how we gave the bright zinc plated hardware a distressed look, check out my post HERE.

Here are a few closeups of the stain and wood grain:

The round mirror on the wall was another DIY - made with wood shims.

And, one last glimpse ... 

As you can see, the table decor is constantly being changed and rearranged.  I hope you enjoyed seeing how bare pine boards were transformed into a beautiful and useful piece of furniture for our home! 

Thank you to Christine at Must Love Home and
 Wendi at H20 Bungalow for featuring this post!

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! 


  1. It all looks quite lovely! You and your husband are so talented!

  2. Wow! What an amazing transformation. You are such a clever and crafty gal.

    Thank you so very much for linking up to Thoughts of Home on Thursday. Your presence helped to make it extra special.

    Happy Valentine's Day!

  3. Wow Carolyn the table is perfect in the space. Such a gorgeous stain color choice too, especially paired with your beautiful DIY mirror against the soft striped wall. The lamp shades work beautifully with it all too. Impressed the heck out of me! Pinning to share🙂

  4. Wow this looks wonderful. You have really done a great job! Everything from the design to the stain to the dressing of the table - love it!

  5. Carolyn you and your husband should be so proud of this!! Look at how it all came together! Sorry for all the !! but they are fitting. I love the new furniture against the striped walls. The new console is so much more fitting for your space too. Way to go.

    Happy TOHOT!

  6. Hi Carolyn,
    My first time to visit with you. Your table looks great, love how you styled it,
    and what a neat mirror, and love the striped wall. The whole area looks great.
    My daughter had a wall painted just like that in our old home, and she would
    love your look too.
    Happy Valentines day

    Blessings, Nellie

  7. Oh my..BEAUTIFUL!!!!! I love it, You two did and excellent job. I love the stripe walls behind it, It really showcases it.. Know you will enjoy it for years to come.

  8. This is a beautiful table! I love the color of the stainer that you used. I like the metal details on the ends too.

    Thanks for sharing on the #HomeMattersParty. We hope to see you again when we open our doors on Friday at 12AM EST.

  9. Wow! You did a wonderful job on the table! Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle Sunday! Pinned and tweeted to share!

  10. Y'all really did a fabulous job! I love the stain and this piece fits the space perfectly. You get a big thumbs up!

  11. What a wonderful project!!You have been Pinned, Tweeted and Posted to facebook! Congratulations -Your post will be featured this week at the Friday
    Favorites Link Party. Doors open on Thursday at 7PM. I hope to see your there! Hugs - Christine at Must Love Home

  12. I love the table and the wall. The whole entry is stunning Great job.

  13. Your table is really nice!! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  14. This is another great project Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party Pinned & shared. Theresa @DearCreatives hope to see you again soon.

  15. What a great DIY! I love how it turned out and am trying to think of a place to use one in my home :) thanks for the inspiration!

  16. WOW! Brilliantly done! This table turned out ahhhhmazing! You should be very proud of your work! If you are at all interested in joining in on one more link party, I host Making Broken Beautiful every Thursday thru Sunday and I would be honored to host your talents! It is a furniture and decor link party. I hope you have a great weekend!
    Making Broken Beautiful

  17. I saw your project on the Making Broken Beautiful link party and all I can say is WOW! I'm digging the striped wall and your DIY console table totally transforms this space - LOVE IT!

  18. This is a great DIY, I just love it!

  19. I am so impressed that you made that console table yourself. What a great job!

    Thanks for sharing at SYC.


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