BAM! I built this piece of furniture. It might not be the most glorious piece of furniture to ever grace the earth, but I built it all by myself. And you can too.
We really needed something that wasn’t super obtrusive sticking out under our tv, because we only have a few feet of space between the bed and the wall. Previously there was a 5 year old Target bookcase there and it just wasn’t doing it.
Here’s the materials list for this DIY Craft Crate console table:
- Craft crates (duh…). I used two, but you can use however many you want for the length of table you need
- Hobby board. I used this to mount the craft crates on
- (4) 21 inch parsons legs and (4) heavy duty top plates
- (2) 2×2’s
- Spraypaint, stain, primer of your choice (I used Zinsser spray primer, Rustoleum’s Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint, and Minwax stain cloths)
And as far as tools/supplies go:
- Power drill and impact driver
- Wood screws
- Wood filler
- Gorilla Glue
- At least a jigsaw (I used a miter saw to make some of my cuts easier, and a circular saw would have been handy too but I don’t have one)
I sanded the craft crates VERY WELL. Spend some time on this, particularly if you use stain cloths instead of just brush on stain. I used Walnut stain cloths first and found it to be more orange-y than I wanted, so once it dried (about 1.5 hrs later) I went back and used Dark Mahogany cloths. You can see the difference on the right hand side above.
The cloths actually worked wonderfully, and I’d totally recommend them (and no I was not paid to say that, Minwax doesn’t know me. Yet. HEY MINWAX. HI!!!!)
- I cut the hobby board to the length and width of the crates with both my miter saw and jigsaw (this is where a circular saw would have been helpful). Then I used my power drill to attach the top plates and screwed the legs into them. Once the legs were in I cut my 2×2’s down to create a brace around the bottom. If I was better at this, I would have taken some measurements and bought enough wood to create an X frame. Whoops. I attached the brace pieces with my impact driver and wood screws (with pilot holes!) 3 inches up from the bottom, just because that’s where they looked right to me.
- Once the braces were all in I filled in the gaps with wood filler– this part made the whole table look 1000% more professional. Don’t skip out.
- After the wood filler was dry I gave it a light sand and then sprayed it with a few light coats of primer and color. I love that you can see the wood grain through the oil rubbed bronze.
Because I’m a super professional carpenter, I used Gorilla Glue and clamps to attach the crates. It worked wonderfully, just give it plenty of time to dry and cure up.
I then used masking tape to tuck up wires so they didn’t hang underneath, but I still need to figure out a solution for the ones between the tv and stand. The magazine basket with the blanket hides some cords as well. 🙂
What do you think? Doable for you? What else would you use craft crates for? …Anyone want to come over to my dark bedroom to try and get better shots? :).