Thursday, February 20, 2014

DIY Reclaimed Wood Console Table

We've been on the hunt for something to fit over the utility door in our living room for a while. It's kind of an eyesore and almost everyone who walks in that has never been to our apartment before asks "what does that lead to?" and I have to explain that it leads to the building's utility pit. Or if josh answers he says in a much creepier way with a lot more hand gestures and mentions of rats & spiders. Anyway, we weren't having much luck with finding a piece of furniture that fit into the door's uniquely sized nook, so we decided that building something was our best option. The design idea was simple - just add a few hairpin legs to a cool piece of reclaimed wood and ta da, instant console table. Easy, right?

Wrong. It turns out reclaimed wood is hard to find in in extremely high demand. After easily thrifting some hairpin legs (you can also get them at, josh and I had to pretty much scour all of the northeast to find a piece of reclaimed wood. We stopped at a bunch of salvaged wood places (Longleaf lumber, Vermont Salvage and ReSource to name a few) with no luck. Even though these places did sell it, it gets snatched up almost immediately when they get some in. Rookie mistake. Everyone told us that our best bet was to go to an old, abandoned barn in Vermont and literally rip a piece of the house off. Seriously? I just want a piece of wood.

So we did what we always do when we need to find wood gems - took to beaches of Lake Champlain. And after bundling up and putting on our most heavy-duty boots in preparation for a long, hardcore search, we walked down onto the beach and there, probably 5 steps from josh's parents house, sitting in a bonfire pile, was an absolutely perfect piece of wood . It was soaking wet, a little beat up and smelled like dead fish, but it was perfect. Part of me was overjoyed when josh pulled it out of the snow but another part of me was like duh - why would I spend so much time trying to buy a piece of salvaged wood instead of salvaging it myself? But after about two seconds of kicking myself I went back to jumping for joy that we had found "the piece" and we could spend the rest of our walk relaxing and scouting for other unique treasures for upcoming projects.
So although the supply search was lengthy, this really is the easiest console table ever to make. I love it's modern yet rustic look, and how perfectly it fits in that little utility door space. Here's how we built it!

Step 1: Measure your space. Draw lines on your piece of wood with a pencil to mark where you will cut.
Step 2: Cut the piece of wood to your desired size. We kept large corners on our piece of wood due to the wall's shape, but we could easily cut those off down the road if we wanted the console table to be more rectangular.
Step 3: Sand. Make sure to sand the entire piece of wood thoroughly before staining.
Step 4: Stain. We just used clear polyurethane to seal the wood and bring out it's grooves, but you could stain or paint the wood whatever color you like. When it comes to polyurethane, the more coats the better! (we did 4)
Step 5: Screw. Attach the legs by screwing screws into the hairpin leg holes with a power drill.
Step 6: Style!
^white votives, Crate & Barrell// bunny & antler, antique store in Salt Lake City// vases, this DIY & this DIY project// mirror & porcelain bull head, Home Goods// pouf ottoman, Wayfair//flowers via my Valentine :)//

I love how this table came out! It was a labor of love, but we've successfully built our second console table (check out our first here if you missed it) and added another old piece of Vermont wood to our home. I'm so happy we could save this piece of wood from it's otherwise gloomy fate of being burned at a beach bonfire (and that we didn't have to spend a penny on it, either).

And can we just talk about this room for a second? Here's a look back at just 5 months ago when I moved in. It's come so far, and I am so happy with the cozy, welcoming space it's become. I feel like the console table really completes it.
What do you think of this style console table? Would you try it? Here are a couple of other designs I was considering! (one, two)


  1. Thanks for sharing. I love most this kind of Blog. I, too, would love reclaimed wood shelves in our study and needed to know how to make them. There are more item of wood and wood institute. I love it very much. I need to know more about wood. So I am searching this kind of blog.
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  2. Cool stuff man. It looks awesome. Next month am getting Herringbone Parquet Flooring for my house. Keep exploring. Have a good day.

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