DIY Console Table – With Old Table Legs!
Ever since I saw Shanty-2-Chic’s Console Table I have wanted to make it!
The only problem is the legs cost $60 EACH! And she uses 3 which would be $180 for just the legs! In my mind it was not worth it. Total BUMMER!!!
But then I was driving down the road one day and saw an old table for FREE.
The table itself didn’t excite me, but the LEGS literally made me SLAM on my brakes almost causing the person behind me to crash!!
They were PERFECT for making the console table!!!
And then when we got home I realized that the top was PERFECT for making the HUGE farmhouse clock I’ve always wanted. TOTAL SCORE!
[Note: This post is for the Console Table. You can check out the Farmhouse Clock Tutorial HERE]
Let’s get started!!
We basically followed shanty-2-chic’s instructions. But we’ll lay it out for you step-by-step since ours is a little different.
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Supplies: Cost around $40
- 2 – 2x10x10 Boards
- 4 – 2x4x8 Boards
- Legs – preferably from a table that you scored off the side of the road…..or classified ads. 😉
- Wood Screws or Nails – we used large finishing nails and our nail gun
- 12 – 3″ Wood Screws
- Paint or stain of choice
[BTW Total size of our table is 59″x36.5″x9″ Our legs measured 23.25″ high and 7″ wide. ]
- 4 – 2x10x59″
- 4 – 2x4x57″
- 4 – 2x4x4.25
- Nail gun or hammer
- Paint Sprayer -optional but if you’re a DIYer we definitely recommend getting one!!!
- Sander or sand paper
- Miter Saw
Supplies all cut and ready to go!
Step One: Building 2 Boxes
First you’ll build two boxes.
Do this by taking 2 of your 2x4x57″ boards and 2 of your 2x4x4.25″ boards and nail or screw them together.
Sand the edges of your boxes to make nice smooth edges.
Attach the Tops:
Next take one of your 2x10x59″ boards and attach it to the top of one of the boxes you just made.
Here’s a view of the bottom of the box with the top attached. Do this to both boxes.
Once we attached a top to both boxes we put the table together without nailing or gluing anything together to get an idea of exactly where we wanted each piece of the table to go.
Seeing that your table legs will be different than ours we recommend doing the same.
Attaching the Legs:
Before attaching the boxes we need to attach the legs to the unattached 2x10x59″ boards.
Do this by tracing around the pillars exactly where you want them to be…..
and also trace down both sides of the top and bottom boxes so you know where the box sits on the board to ensure that your screws won’t be seen.
Now take the top box off. Make sure that your leg is lined up with your markings and screw your leg into place.
We found it helpful to pre-drill your screw holes and then screw (using 3 of your 3″ wood screws) the first leg into the 2x10x59″ board.
Do this to your other leg and then flip the table over and do the same thing to the other side.
So now the top and bottom of your legs should be attached to a 2x10x59″ board .
Attaching the Boxes:
Once your legs are attached to the boards it’s time to attach the boxes that you made in step 1.
We used finishing nails and our nail gun to nail into the 2×4 below.
Now flip your table upside down onto your last box and attach it the same way.
Wahoo!!!!!! Done! Now it just needs paint!
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We knew we wanted our console table to look antiqued so before we painted it we went over all the edges and other areas where we’d want to distress it in a gray stain. (Rustoleum – Weathered Gray Stain) We also stained the top in the same gray color.
We wanted a really professional paint job on this so of course, we painted it using our HomeRight Paint Sprayer an off white (Vintage Linen – Behr color from HD) and then lightly sanded the top & edges!
I’m SOOOOOOO IN LOVE with it!!!!!!!
Did you make this table?! We want to see it! Upload a pic in the comments below!!
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