Console Table {Craigslist Project}

by Chris on July 3, 2012

So where’d we leave off? Oh yeah…right in the middle of the project. The concern was that I knew I wanted something to serve as a bottom shelve, but I worried about having too many different woods all over. A large cut of wood just didn’t seem right to me, so I came up with another option.

bottom planks

I picked up some inexpensive pieces of pine because they had knots in them. My thought process is intense, no? Since the table already had the middle plank, we spaced them out evenly on either side of it—front to back.

wood planks

We stood back, took a look, and we. were. done. You’ve waited long enough. Wanna see how she turned out? Here she is in her semi-original form.

Craigslist table

Ta. Da. :)

console table

Well, THAT was worth it. It’s exactly what I was looking for, and it was hundreds of dollars less than the others I found in stores. Score.

candle tray

Homegoods lamp

Notice the bottom shelf? Gosh. Pretty. When the stain was ready, I sealed it with some satin Minwax poly.

DIY console table

I would say I spent about $100 total (those darn top planks!), and it was worth every dime. Allll because I was tired of the armoire…

DIY table

And finally, the winner of the $100 Lowes giftcard IS…

Britain Paulk who said–

Oooh la la!!!! Those are beautiful!!!!! We’ve been trying to find ways to spruce up our 57 year old home we just bought. Does the term “hopper window” mean anything to you? Well I have them, and they need help being pretty!!! ;) planters would definitely give those desperate windows a much needed facelift…. Thanks for hosting such a fun giveaway!!!

Congratulations, Britain! Thank you for all your sweet comments! I wanted to reply to them, but I was afraid I would mess up the random selection process. Yup…I’m kinda dumb like that! Just know that I appreciated them!



Crystal July 3, 2012 at 7:58 am

That is gorgeous! I wasn’t so sure when I first saw it but you really brought out it’s beauty. And I love the way you accessorized!

liz @ Designing Domesticity July 3, 2012 at 8:09 am

Wow, beautiful. What an eye you have. I, also, have something similar – a farmhouse table, that I use as our TV stand. I have yet to convince Mr. DD to hang the TV though and I know it would make all the difference. Maybe some day. Thanks for sharing, liz

Allison @ Allison's Everyday Journey July 3, 2012 at 8:21 am

Love this…and all the accessories! It looks great in your room!

Cali July 3, 2012 at 8:35 am

Wow! Love, love it! I think you and your husband should sign up for “Craft Wars”, yo’ve got amazing ideas and he could intimidate the other assistants :)

LuAnn July 3, 2012 at 8:39 am

This looks fantastic !!!! Makes me want to pull that old work bench up from the basement.

Sarah Yoder July 3, 2012 at 8:41 am

Wow! It looks amazing! You did a great job and the bottom shelf is perfect! :) July 3, 2012 at 8:52 am

That table is gorgeous! It’s a great alternative to a tv stand, so much nicer than just a big black box in the middle of a blank wall!

Donna @ My Sweet Things July 3, 2012 at 8:58 am

I need this table in my life. It makes me happy! :) The bottom shelf made a big difference in the design. Great job!

Hazel July 3, 2012 at 9:18 am

Wow! I clearly need more imagination. It looks beautiful.

Jenny@EvolutionofStyle July 3, 2012 at 9:47 am

LOVE this!! It looks so rustic and charming – screams of character, which I love! Great job!

Linda July 3, 2012 at 9:58 am

Awesome! You have such great style!

Emily @ On the V Side July 3, 2012 at 10:01 am

Beautiful! And I really love how you styled everything, too. Just perfect – Great job!

Wendy July 3, 2012 at 10:19 am

That turned out great! It’s hard to believe it had a former life as a work table! We are thinking of mounting our television, but can’t figure out how to hide the cords from the tv to the cable box/dvd player. Can you fill me in on how you did that?

Chris July 3, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Wendy, we hired an electrician for it. That was over our heads, so he came out and buried them in the wall. A cord comes out at the bottom of the wall. Can’t even see it!

august July 6, 2012 at 6:03 pm

Do you ever worry about matching the inside of your house to the outside? Yours has turned out so well that I’m sure you don’t. But when I think about our future house (we want to build) I worry about how we should design the outside to fit the farmhouse feel I want inside.

Nicole July 3, 2012 at 10:22 am

Wow. Wow. Wow. So beautiful and simple. It’s very inspiring because we have a large wall for our TV and I was thinking large, expensive built-ins, but maybe something like this would fit the bill.

You did a fantastic job and you accessorized it so beautifully too.

Toya July 3, 2012 at 10:38 am

Amazing, you would not think that cost $100 it is beautiful. Great Job!

Kara July 3, 2012 at 11:07 am

Love, love, love it! It’s perfect and it looks like you bought it at Pottery Barn for $800! :)

DeAnna July 3, 2012 at 11:43 am

WOWzers!! I love it!!! I need to start thinking more outside of the box for furniture ideas, there are so many options out there!!

Rachel @ Thrifty Inspirations July 3, 2012 at 12:16 pm

This turned out fantastic! I’ve got a piece I’ve been debating modifying the top because it’s in pretty rough shape and I’m totally inspired by your project! Thanks for sharing, you did a great job!

Heather @ Lazy Wife July 3, 2012 at 12:31 pm

It turned out so pretty! Feel free to make one for me and deliver it :)

Kristin @ Teal White Garden July 3, 2012 at 12:34 pm

It looks amazing!! What a great solution and I love the colors you have for the accent pieces :)

Kathie July 3, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Oh, it’s so pretty! It really works great with your decor. I love those lanterns.

mandy @ this girl's life July 3, 2012 at 1:27 pm

What a gorgeous piece! And they way you have styled it is so beautiful. Great job!

Funky Junk Interiors July 3, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Absolutely. Gorgeous!!! I love this focal point for a big screen TV! The even bigger bonus is if you ever change your mind, you have a table for most anything you desire. Perfecto! July 3, 2012 at 2:19 pm

OMG! That is absolutely gorgeous! Wow, what a project.
Perfection indeed. Love, Love, Love it. July 3, 2012 at 3:59 pm

WOW! Love it! Amazing what you can do with something. I would love the people who gave it up see it now. They want it back….lol
Great job.

Courtney {a thoughtful place} July 3, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Girl. . . it is amazing. WOW! I want one. You did an amazing job. It looks fantastic. I bet the room feels more opened up without the armoire as well. Congrats on such a great piece.

Chris July 3, 2012 at 7:41 pm

I don’t know why, but I never feel things are complete until I see a comment from you. THANK you! And yes…much more open. Now we shop for the dreaded sectional. Ugh. :)

Chris July 3, 2012 at 7:41 pm

I should clarify–I want the sectional, but one I like is hard to find!

Layla July 3, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Gor. Jus. NESS!
Way to go, guys! That thing is AWESOME!!!

traci July 4, 2012 at 12:36 pm

I love that table! Soooo much better than the armoire!
Great job, girl!

susan July 6, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Pinning this now…we are on the Craigslist hunt for this type of table/buffet/tv accessory holder as well. First we have a fence to finish, though…
Love the way your table turned out-thanks for the info!

1008hollywalkpark July 9, 2012 at 4:17 pm

You’ve done a fabulous job there. I love it.

Sarah Hulbert Style July 9, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Absolutely LOVE the way this turned out, Chris! It’s so pretty to look at, I hardly notice the electronics. Hopefully your Hubby feels it was worth all the hard work! :) Where did you find that delightful little bird cage?

Sharon July 10, 2012 at 6:46 am

Total score! I love the overall design and decor. It’s one of the best looking entertainment walls I’ve seen…and I’ve been doing lots of looking because I’m in the process of changing mine. And it all started when I got tired of the armoire too, but that was a couple of years ago and I’ve been trying to get the right look ever since. You did a fabulous job of going from armoire to console. I love that it was so inexpensive. Thanks for inspiring!

sharon @ mrs. hines class dot com

Chris July 10, 2012 at 8:41 pm

Gosh, Sharon. Thank you so much! I’ll be reading this one to my husband. :) I like it when I can tell him that other people liked my project. Ha! Again–thank you! We do like it!

Sarah July 11, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Wow! This looks amazing! Totally inspires me to look more seriously into refurbishing Craigslist pieces instead of stressing out about the cost of store-bought stuff. I might have to add work bench to my Craiglist app search!

Chris July 12, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Exactly, Sarah! I was looking at pieces for $400-$700! I was so annoyed with how expensive they are. Craigslist it is!

Raelynn July 11, 2012 at 8:37 pm

WOW…..*if* you ever want to sell that beauty, let me know. You did an amazing job. My husband said kudos for hanging the TV on the wall and running all cords behind the wall!! :-)

Chris July 12, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Ha! Thank you, Raelynn! And from my husband to yours–“thank you”. :) July 17, 2012 at 9:00 pm

Stopping by from the Home Stories A to Z link party! Wow, I love what you did with this table – it’s gorgeous! And you’ve got a great talent in styling :) The accessories look so pretty!

Chris July 20, 2012 at 10:07 pm

Oh, thanks so much Jen!! I’m so glad it’s DONE. :) July 18, 2012 at 9:11 am

Looks great! Love how it turned out.

Shawn July 31, 2012 at 9:50 pm

Hi there! Love your lamp! Can I ask where you got it?

Chris August 1, 2012 at 2:53 pm

I purchased it at HomeGoods last year. Good luck!

Beth August 20, 2012 at 7:16 pm

LOVE this!! When you get time can I have the dimensions? This would be perfect in my living room under my flat screen! You did a excellent job!!

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