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DIY ideas for console tables

If you entry or hall lacks style perhaps you should think about adding a console table. A simple console table topped off with a few favourite accessories and you can add your own personal touch to the space. We put together a selection of DIY ideas for console tables, so grab your power tools and start planning!

 

We stole ideas from West Elm for various easy DIY options to make your own console table. From a basic square tube frame topped off with reclaimed wood [above] to elegant and sophisticated console tables.

Using PAR pine or meranti to make a console table allows you to design a custom console table in rustic or modern style. Once assembled you have the option to stain in your choice of wood tint, or apply clear varnish, preservative or wax.

This meranti console table offers a simple design that is easy to make as a DIY option. You will find various widths and lengths of both meranti and pine at your local Builders Warehouse, or get in touch with Great North Timbers (Joburg) or a timber merchant in your area.

Whatever wood you choose for your project, select pieces that aren't bowed or warped, have no knots and, on laminated pine, where joins are firmly bedded together.

Mid-century style has become popular over the last couple of years and this is a reasonably simple style to copy for items for your home. This wood frame table [below] is topped off with a marble top that add a more modern touch.

Pine pallets are perfect for making a butcher block style console table. Trim and sand pine into equal section and laminate these using wood glue and clamps.

Using reclaimed wood to make a console table for an entrance or hallway allows you to source pallets, floors or fencing and turn these into furniture for a home.

 

For a more sophisticated console table you might want to take a look at the new gloss range of laminated board. There are various colour options to choose from and you can have everthing cut to size. In Joburg you will find these boards at timber merchants such as Plaza Board, or Google for suppliers in your region.

The design of this console table is deceptively simple. Two boxes are mounted onto a square tube frame. You can achieve a similar chrome finish on the steel frame by using Rust-Oleum Bright Coat spray paint.

While a gloss finish will work well in a small entrance, adding bevelled mirrors will reflect light around the space. Have the mirrors cut and bevelled by your local glass and mirror supplier and attach to your boxes using Pattex No More Nails solvent-free adhesive.

For a practical finish for a console table consider adding a tiled top. Your local Builders Warehouse stocks a variety of natural stone and ceramic tiles, as well as glass and metallic mosaics that can be used to add a decorative top to any table.

There are many other console table options to consider, depending on your skill level. PG Bison MelaWood comes in a range of wood grains and finishes and a small selection is available at your local Builders Warehouse, or visit timber and board centres for a wider range.

 

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