Finally! It’s here! I know you guys have been patiently waiting and I am so excited to bring you the building plans for my x-based console table. It looks a little like this….
After seeing this Salvaged Boatwood Console table from Restoration Hardwood, I fell in love. like in a Notebook kinda way. like I must be with this table or I might never live fully again kinda way. Ok…yes, I was dramatic about the table. But seriously…some people cry when they win American Idol….I get misty eyed about home related items. and about my kids. and anything that involves chocolate, salt or butter. Let’s move on before I start raiding the pantry.
I styled up the table in my house before taking it to my brother’s house for his 30th birthday present. I gave him that complete foyer makeover and took the blah before (yes I can say that because there was absolutely nothing in this space) to a very cozy and complete after….(READ THE WHOLE POST HERE)
The table is extra tall compared to other consoles and I made it to fit his space exactly so you can tweak yours if you are short and need it smaller. The style is super versatile and I think it could go with a variety of rooms whether you like more farmhouse, industrial or modern….all the more reason you should build it today!
And it only cost me about $25 in lumber…as opposed to the price tag on the inspiration piece which was $970 on sale. That’s right…go ahead and pocket that extra $945. Or you can just send it my way. whichever 🙂
I actually did the whole thing a little backwards….I started off with a picture and I just started building according to what I needed instead of drawing up the plans first.
The whole process is super simple and requires 5 2×2’s and some 2×6’s. First you need to cut your legs….
I got a legit Kreg Jig for Christmas and basically I am a pocket hole fool.
These are all pocket holed together to form squares and have the pockets hidden on the top and underside of the legs.
After you get your legs cut and pocket holed you will screw them all together.
Then you build the carcass (the framework which supports the top and the X).
So the square at the top is the most important part and you will want to make sure you check for square as you go. The top supports the planked top and it also gives you something to attach the X base to. That X is not the thing that is supporting the table…the legs are so that is why it is important to make sure those are square and not warped.
The center cross in the middle of the carcass will be attached at center and then you attach the sides of the cross.
Then it is time to make the planked top. I watched this video done by my friend Ana White on tips for making planked tops and it was really so helpful and informative. If you haven’t seen it, it is worth watching.
After I cut, marked, pocket holed, glued, and screwed the planked top together, it was time for sanding and finishing.
I decided with this piece to do the metal look on the base and then make the top a warm wood color. The stain color is Early American by Rust-Oleum and then I did dry brushing with Kona stain on the seams and edges to give it that finished look.
I truly believe that the part that makes this piece look like a million bucks is the dry brushing.
I did that post about dry brushing and you can read all about it by clicking here.
So the base is wood but I got it to look like metal by using Metallic Spraypaint by Rust-Oluem and also did a rubbing technique with stain. It is similar to dry brushing and using a chip brush helps to apply the stain accurately but then you must rub it in while the stain is still wet to get a aluminum frame look. I will do a more in-depth post about that later.
I recommend sealing this with a couple coats of Rust-Oleum Triple Thick polyurethane. I used gloss but I can see how it would look good with semi-gloss too.
Also – that love print? It’s gold foil and you know me and gold foil right now are like BFF….well, that print was one dollar. ONE DOLLAR. It is in the scrapbook paper section at Hobby Lobby and it is usually $2 but it was on sale with their 50% off sale. I love it and it’s perfect for this week, right?!
So there you have it folks – the full building tutorial.
It’s such a simple build and for $25, you can literally build it and give it away to any relative as a birthday gift. And then you will get the award for awesomest person ever. It will happen. This table will change your life 🙂 Happy Building y’all!