As promised, I’m back with a tutorial on my DIY console table. Seriously, it was ridiculously easy to build this console table – only five steps! The whole table cost me about $25, which was $10 for the wood, $15 for the “fabric”, plus glue, screws, and polyurethane I had on hand. So read on to learn how to build a console table (parsons style) of your very own.
Dimensions & Materials
The dimensions of this table ended up at about 31.5″ tall, a little less than 36″ wide, and 11.25″ deep. An 8 foot 2 x 12 is perfect for this with no waste (note: a 2 x 12 is really 1.5″ x 11.25″, thus the resulting dimensions). If you want a table that is wider, get a longer board (although no promises for the structural integrity of making it wider). And if you want a table that is deeper, you will need more than one fabric panel.
Now the materials:
- 1 – 8 foot 2 x 12 – make sure your board is super straight
- 1 – Anno Sanela panel curtain from Ikea (I used gray but it is very bluish, and the next console table I make I will use the beige color); it measures at 24″ x 118″
- 3″ wood screws
- wood glue
- spray glue and/or mod podge
- T-Square or right angle for ensuring right angles
- cordless drill/screwdriver
Build It in Five Easy Steps
Step one: Cut your board. cut your 2×12 into three sections – two for the legs and one for the top. I cut mine at 30″ per leg and left the rest for the top, which left a little less than 36″ (due to blade width and also a smidge off each end of the board to make sure the edges were all nice and clean. You can do this at home (like me) or have your home improvement store do it for you.
Step two: put the table together. Set your two legs up vertically and then put your top board on top of the two legs. This sounds easy but you want to get the legs into perfect position before putting it together. Use your right-angle tool of choice to get it right (#sopunny). Then lift off the top, put wood glue on the tops of the legs (keeping them vertical) and put your top back onto the glued legs. Screw through the top board into each leg, with three screws in each leg. I pre-drilled and then put wood glue in each pre-drilled hole before attaching with the 3″ wood screws. Keep checking to make sure you are keeping your table perfectly square.
Step three: prep and cut your curtain panel. Open up your curtain panel and lay it over your table to get an idea of how to start covering it. You will use one continuous panel for the entire thing. Important note: the back edge of your table will not be covered unless you add more of the panel to cover it. The curtain panel is 24″ wide. So 24″ equals 2 x 11.25 (22.5) plus 1.5 – in other words, the panel covers the top and underside of the table top, the inside and outside of the legs, and covers the front of both the tabletop and legs, but leaves the back exposed. No biggie because the table goes against the wall but wanted to advise in case you were planning on floating this thing in the middle of the room or something. Cut your panel to the right length (about 96″) and then test out how to fold it and how to cut the interior corners of the panel so that it folds smoothly. I made sharp creases in my long folds (at 11.25″ from each edge).
I found it easiest to visualize the corner cuts by testing with a piece of paper first.
Step four: attach your curtain panel to the table. start spray gluing (or mod podging) the outside of the table, starting with the outside of one leg, moving to the top, and then to the outside of the other leg. Really saturate the table with glue to ensure good adhesion. If it isn’t sticking, lift it up and re-glue. Then do the same thing for the inside, starting with one leg, going to the underside of the table, and then finishing on the last leg. If you left your ends a little too long, you can fold those under the table legs and glue them there as well.
Step five: poly it. Apply a coat or two of polyurethane to the entire table with a foam or nylon brush. This will help everything stick and will give it some protection, which is especially important given that the curtain is made mostly of paper. And that’s it!
The project is easy, fast, and ends up super sturdy. Here it is, all set up in our entry (and with actual daylight for better photos!):
I’d love to hear if anyone has questions or to hear your brags about building one, too! Really, it is more fun to brag about it. 🙂
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