DIY Console Table

I’d like to start out by saying I first set out to dupe this console table from Burke Decor but somewhere along the line my plans changed and I made the executive decision to scale back my ambitious dream of recreating the aforementioned Matthes Table and go with something much, much easier.

Below is the design I came up with instead. Easy, peasy!

For the wood I ended up using (4) 2 in. x 4 in. x 96 in. Prime Whitewood Stud’s from Home Depot.

I first began by making all of my cuts ensuring each piece lined up as close to perfect as possible. Once all of the cuts were complete I lugged all of the wood inside my house to do a “dry-fit” and ensure all of the pieces matched up. If I wasn’t so worried about sawdust getting everywhere I would have cut everything in my house. (Texas heat is no joke! Seriously, the a/c is my best friend this time of year.) Immediately afterwards I lugged the wood outside and began sanding every inch like a mad woman. After battling the intense heat and an angry swarm of gnats for what seemed like an eternity I eventually emerged victoriously with my smooth wood and once again basked in the gloriousness of my a/c before I began the next step.

One sleep later I woke up refreshed and ready to tackle my console table project. Nervously, I started drilling in all of my pocket holes while praying to the high heavens that I wouldn’t mess up my already cut boards. After that step was completed it was now time to drill my countersink holes at the top of each table leg. To make it easier on myself I created a template out of left over poster board to ensure all of the holes I had to drill matched up and were spaced evenly. While binging many episodes of Sexy Beasts on Netflix I started screwing all of my boards together.

With just 2 episodes left in the series I decided to call it a night and as gracefully as I could dragged my console table across the house to place it where it’s new home would eventually be. I wish I could say at this point I was finished with my project but atlas, I had pocket holes to fill with hole plugs and wood glue. Since this was the first time I’ve ever drilled pocket holes mistakes were definitely made and I could tell that a lot of sanding would be in my future.

The next morning I awoke bright eyed and bushy tailed ready to tackle my project. I began by mixing some sawdust with wood glue and filled in the counter sink holes I drilled to connect the top and sides together. Hours later I dragged my console table outside and gave it a good sanding (I was so in the zone at the point I managed to forget to take photos of this step). After a quick wipe down with a microfiber towel it was time to stain. I found this stain sitting on a shelf in my garage all lonely and didn’t notice that the actual stain kind of separated into a watery consistency that made it apply much lighter in color than it actually was. This actually worked out to my surprise and I absolutely loved the color. Once all of the coats of stain were fully applied and had an adequate amount of time to dry I sealed it with a clear wax base that I picked up at Walmart.

All that was left to do now was lug it back into my house and decorate it.

Keep your eyes peeled – I have 3 Christmas themed DIY’s in the works. (Did I ever mention the Christmas is one of my absolute favorite holidays?)

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