Decor 101: DIY Console Table

A few months ago I stumbled on the website,  To my amazement, Ana has been making “plans” of popular furniture….that are easy and available to DIYers like you and me!  For the past few months I’ve been practically drooling over her amazing work and dreaming of where I would put these once unattainable pieces in my house.  I wasn’t sure when I would be able to convince my husband to let me spend money on wood on something that might or might not turn out.  I don’t blame his doubt as I’ve never really worked with wood outside of a few very very simple projects.  Wood can get expensive…and I was relatively wary about doing it myself – surely it couldn’t be THAT easy and I’m impatient which meant the project could end in disaster.  BUT, long story short, Matt and I have been trying to stick to a budget a little more faithfully, and that budget just so happens to give me what we call “blow” money – money we can spend on anything we like.  And yes, you guessed it, some of February’s money went towards the purchase of some wood and a set of drill bits I needed.

So here’s my first wood-working story….

I first chose a plan from Ana’s selection…I needed a console and it said it would be a good beginners project.  I printed off the list of supplies and headed to Home Depot to gather supplies.  That was relatively easy once a Home Depot guy came to my rescue and then helped me cut all the wood (NOTE: if you have them cut your wood, double check accuracy of the cuts, mine were a little off, and I had to do some adjusting once I got home.  I had tools, but I figured they would be more accurate then I would, but that wasn’t the case with all of the cuts.  So just keep that in mind).  When I got home I followed Ana’s detailed plans and slowly started assembling the parts – as you begin to put the pieces together, you have to check for squareness (Ana shows you how to do this here).  Two hours later I had assembled the entire table!

The next step was filling in all the screw holes with putty.  THat took awhile, wood putty does not like more, or rather, likes to stick to me and not the wood.  When the putty dried I took my new sander to it and also began sanding the edges of the wood to give it a more weathered look.  I did have to go back and put more filler in the holes to make sure that it was flat, but I was able to sand that over the next few days until I was satisfied.

The next step was choosing a finish.  I really, REALLY wanted to stain this piece.  I had some left over stain from our transition pieces, but after experimenting with it on the wood, I realized that I was not yet skilled enough to stain the whole piece in a way that would be attractive. So I went to my good ole standby Heirloom white.

The last step was distressing the piece.  Sander and a little stain helped make this look a little more worn.  All in all, I LOVED this project.  Tools aside I think I spent about $45 on wood and screws.  If it hadn’t been for the fact that I had to buy treated 4x4x10 for the legs, it would have come in under $40….including paint!  I’m so happy with how it turned out, and so excited to have this piece in the house.

So What’s next?  Much to Matt’s chagrin (Another LARGE project in the house)….a plan for a Farmhouse table.  Not sure when I will tackle this yet, as we will need chairs still…and I can’t make those…but I CAN’T Wait.  Be sure to check Ana’s site out and see if you find yourself building something to!

Knock Off Wood


2 Responses to “Decor 101: DIY Console Table”

  1. 1 Heather @ Brown Brick House March 14, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Great job. It turned out wonderful!
    I have been eyeballing the projects on KnockOffWood also.
    I love almost everything on there, including the FarmHouse Table! I have been thinking about trying it out.

  2. 2 Heather @ McKinney Living March 15, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    I LOVE KnockOffWood, but have been TOO chicken to attempt anything! Your table looks amazing!!!

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