I was in the middle of a hallway makeover when I realized that the picture frame molding wall needed a little something…
But I wanted my table to be a specific style, color, and size, so instead of buying an expensive one to fit the space, I decided to build one!
By keeping the design simple and modern, I was able to build it in just a few hours. Let me show you how you can build one too!
HOW I BUILT A SIMPLE, MODERN CONSOLE TABLE IN ONE DAY
STEP 1: MEASURE & GATHER YOUR MATERIALS
Once I got my measurements (35″ tall, 48″ wide, 10″ deep) and the fact that I wanted to use Poplar wood (because I love the color), I made a materials list!
Then I grabbed the following materials (& decor)…
And here are the tools I used to bring this table to life!
STEP 2: BUILD THE BASIC TABLE
I started by cutting my wood down to size. I could have mitered the edges, but I didn’t feel it was worth it! So I cut my 1×10 poplar boards to 48″, 34.25″, and 34.25″.
Then I assembled them with wood glue and finish nails. I just nailed the top board into the sides.
STEP 3: ADD YOUR SHELF
Then I cut down on more 1×10 poplar board to 46.5″ to use as a shelf. I flipped the table upside down and used 7″ scrap boards as spacers so I could glue and nail the shelf into the side boards.
STEP 4: TRIM IT OUT
Once the shelf was installed, I flipped the table back over and cut down 1×3 poplar boards to trim out the front of the table! I mitered the edges for a sleeker look and nailed them into the table base.
Then I used some wood glue and sawdust to create a paste to use as a wood filler. I filled the nail holes and seams, then sanded the entire table down well.
STEP 5: COLOR BLOCK IT!
As a fun additional element, I taped off the bottom of the sides to paint white. I used Pure White by Sherwin Williams because it’s what I had on hand. Frog Tape works best for a crisp, clean line!
I painted two coats, then remove the tape before the paint dried.
I didn’t seal my table because it won’t get a lot of direct use, but if I were to I would use Varathane’s Crystal Clear Matte Polyurethane!
Annnnnd that’s IT! Seriously such a doable and beginner-friendly DIY. I hope you try this one out for yourself! Let me know if you have any questions in the comments!
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