This was an incredibly fun project that I was inspired to take on a few months ago (See this post). Now I am the proud owner of my new console table and best of all, it was a fraction of the cost of buying one!
Here’s the finished product:
Here’s what you need:
- Handheld Power Sander – Highly suggested, I used my dad’s
- Reclaimed Wood – I purchased a 10 ft piece for $80 from barnboardstore.com and made 2 tables and a printer stand. This is 2″ thick reclaimed barn flooring in Hemlock wood with a live edge.
- IKEA VIKA Lage Table Legs – $10 each
- Miniwax Polycrylic Protective Finish in clear satin – $18.69
- A good paint brush that won’t shed
1. First get the wood cut into 4 ft pieces. I originally got mine cut into a 5 ft pieces but decided that was too long and wasted a lot of wood The nice man at the barnboardstore cut the wood for me free of charge. Next, sand the wood down until you achieve your desired look. We sanded ours down until we couldn’t see the saw marks.
When you are done sanding make sure you wipe it down well so that you remove all the dust before applying the protective finish. In order to cut down on sanding time, we only sanded the top of the table and lightly went over the bottom, since nobody will see the bottom anyway.
2. Now apply the protective coat with a small brush. You’ll need 2 coats so wait until the first coat is fully dry before applying the second coat. This process took me an entire day.
3. When the wood is completely dry, add the legs! I purchased 4 VIKA lage legs from IKEA (total cost $40!). I actually tried to get a welder to weld some metal legs for me but it would have cost me $200 per leg, so obviously I opted to find cheaper alternatives.
TIPS: When you screw on the legs, you’ll have to carefully pre-drill some holes for the screws, but make sure you don’t drill too far as you’ll go right through the wood! Secondly, the wood will NOT be level. This makes it a bit trickier to make the legs level and you will need a small level and some shims to adjust accordingly until it is straight. Also, try not to drill where the live edge is because that is usually the thinnest part of the wood. If you don’t have live edge on your wood, this will make the job a lot easier.
And that’s it! Hopefully you’ll love your table as much as I do. I also made one for my sister as a house warming gift and she adores it. The best part of the table is that it is unique and has a story of it’s own to tell. Here’s a front view of the table.
Thanks for reading! Try it for yourself!