Workbench Turned Console {DIY Table}

by Chris on July 2, 2012

This is going to have to be a couple of posts. I just have too many pictures. It started with me wanting to get rid of our armoire. It was bulky; we’d had it for 9 years; I was over it. That’s a good enough reason, right?

(I’ve probably taken 481 pictures of the armoire, and this is the only one I could find. Annoyed.)IMG_6185_thumb[4]

So, we sold the three matching wood pieces on Craigslist, and the hunt began for something else. That something else started with a flat screen tv. That flat screen tv then lead to an electrician who mounted it and buried all the wires in the wall. It is times like these that I realize what my husband means when he says, “Nothing is simple when it comes to your ideas.” Oops.

Craigslist table

I scoured Craigslist for months looking for “just the right piece”, and I found it! Ain’t she a beaut? For $50.00 I found an oil-covered, beat up workbench that a man was selling from his workspace. It was actually covered with metal sheeting, but I didn’t get a picture in time. The top planks were in bad shape (oil-soaked), but the rest of the piece was divine!

Craigslist workbench

I removed all the planks and sanded that baby down. In my basement. Which I don’t recommend. It was really turning out beautifully, however. I suspected that the wood is mahogany, so I wanted the top planks to match the tone as much as possible. Unfortunately, that’s where I started to spend some money.

DIY TV console

I  spent about $8.00 on each piece, but it looks really cool with the base! Money well spent.

building a table

This time, the sanding took place outside. I didn’t go crazy with it because the point was for it to look rustic. Just enough to make it smooth and not wedge a sliver into my hand when working with it.

how to build a table-001

And then this is how it sat for a couple of weeks. Our entertainment center was now officially packaging material from our tv. Decorating at its finest.

wood planks

When we finally got a spare minute, we cut the planks down to the length we wanted. And Maximus chose to lay in sawdust as opposed to anywhere else in the garage.

building a table-001

Then it was time to stain—one of my favorite parts. I used Minwax Special Walnut. Yumm! I didn’t let it set at all because I liked the tone straight out of the can—something to note.

staining table Special Walnut Stain

Since I really didn’t want my floor to house the cable box, etc., I had to figure out how to create a surface for the bottom half. Hmmmm what to do. I’ll be back on Wednesday to let you know what I came up with. Lu-huve it!

**The finished table can be found HERE.

Don’t forget!! You can still enter to win a $100 Lowes giftcard! I’ll announce the winner tomorrow!



marie July 2, 2012 at 7:45 am

i put off buying a flat screen for awhile because of all the re configuring we had to do in the living room too! it was worth it though…i love my tv. :o) great table!! we bought another giant entertainment center to house the flat screen and i MAY be regretting that purchase (don’t tell my husband).

Chris July 2, 2012 at 10:18 am

Oh no! I hate regretted purchases. Maybe you can stage a break-in and tell hubs they JUST took the entertainment center? :)

Leslie R. July 2, 2012 at 8:36 am

OMG! We had the same problem. When we got rid of the TV armoire and bought the flat screen, it threw off the scale of the whole room. Because of this, we’ve replaced the sofa, two chairs, pillows, lamps, pictures, mirrors, and rug. We’re still looking for a coffee table. We bought a used buffet to house the components, but it wasn’t right, so we bought a different piece from Ikea. Everything we replaced was getting pretty old, but it all started with a TV back in December.

Chris July 2, 2012 at 10:17 am

Leslie, you sound like us. As a result of this armoire, we are getting all new furniture. The only piece we’re looking for now is the sectional. This is turning out to be one expensive tv! :)

Cindy B July 2, 2012 at 9:33 am

Oh no…I feel like I am watching an episode of Grey’s Anatomy…to be continued…I cannot wait to see the finished piece! :)

Chris July 2, 2012 at 10:16 am

I know, right? Well, at least you don’t have to wait a week for it. I hate cliffhangers!

Courtney {a thoughtful place} July 2, 2012 at 9:46 am

Clever, you. Can’t wait to see. Love the new color of the table. More photos! More photos!

Brittany aka Pretty Handy Girl July 2, 2012 at 10:38 am

That is a great use of an old workbench! Love it. And what is with dogs wanting to lie in the direct path of sawdust? Mine does the same thing even after I move him across the garage half a dozen times.

Chris July 2, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Gah! I know! I was transplanting flowers the other day, and he laid down RIGHT in the pile of dirt. Grrr. Dogs. :)

Barbara Grooms July 2, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Nice job honey. Looks great. Didn’t know you were getting new furniture too. We’re twins! Isn’t it fun decorating? Now I have to get you to help me with paint. Not my easiest decorating job. Can’t wait to see it all put together. Love ya…. Mom

Kara July 2, 2012 at 1:42 pm

I totally love it and you did a wonderful job.

Let me say, I love your dog!!! Totally smitten!!

Holly July 2, 2012 at 4:10 pm

This is beautiful! I can’t wait to see the rest of the post. I’m getting ready to do a coffee table similar in style. Do you do anything to the wood after? Sealer? Maybe you could answer in your post?!!!
Thanks for sharing…love it!

Chelsea @ two twenty one July 2, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Not gonna lie, I feel kind of special because I know what the final product looks like. You weren’t kidding when you said the top was oil-soaked. You definitely did an awesome job on this piece!

Tempie ( The Texas Peach) July 2, 2012 at 5:20 pm

I love that you are repurposing an old workbench. I think it will make a great console. I also think that you were right not to let the stain set at all, the color is gorgeous! Dogs really are funny little critters, aren’t they?!

Catherine July 2, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Wow – what a great repurpose! Can’t wait to see the finished product!

Maria @ All Things Luxurious July 3, 2012 at 1:01 am

Can’t wait to see how this turned out! The stain is gorgeous! :-)

Nancy Carr July 3, 2012 at 8:08 am

Awesome. Thanks for a great blog and ideas. I want to win the Lowe’s gift card. Thank you.

Barbara July 3, 2012 at 10:55 am

As your husband says, with you, nothing is simple! (It’s probably a common line used by many of our husbands!) what a great find though! It’s going to be great!

Sarah Hulbert Style July 3, 2012 at 7:17 pm

This is like reading a fabulous book with the last page missing! I cannot wait to see the finished product. Can you tell I’m a sucker for a good furniture makeover??? :)

Jess September 13, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Hi There! LOVE this diy table! I actually was wondering if you could tell me the size of your console table? I’m looking to make one as similar as I can get it, but not sure how long it should be. Thanks so much! love your updates!

Chris September 16, 2012 at 11:49 am

Hi Jess! The finished product ended up being 76″ long by 27″ deep. Good luck!!

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