Easy DIY Modern Console Table

18 Materials
2 Days

This little table is perfect for a mid-century modern home! It can be created by anyone with a few basic woodworking skills. It's unique and can fill in small awkward nooks in your home.

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Cut your wood to size

Using a miter saw, cut your 1″ x 8″ x 4′ boards into 4 pieces, with 2 measuring 33″ long and 2 measuring 12″ long.

Assemble the 4 sides of your console table

Using clamps, position your four cut boards together to form a rectangle. Secure them together using both wood glue and screws. I placed 2 screws in each corner to ensure a solid fit. I made sure to sink the screws into the wood a bit to give me room to cover them with wood putty.

Fill the screw holes with wood filler and sand down

Fill the screw holes with wood filler, ensuring that you overfill them a bit to allow for sanding. Allow the wood putty to dry. Sand it down with 220 grit sandpaper and use a tack cloth to remove dust.

Install console table legs

Next you will want to take your angled mounting plates and secure them to the bottom of your console table. Make sure to measure to position them correctly. The exact placement is up to your preference but for reference, I placed mine 3″ from the ends of the table and 1/2″ from the front and back of the table.

Mark the holes, pre-drill them and then screw in the four screws, securing the mounting plates in place.

Apply pre-stain wood conditioner

To ensure even coverage of stain, first apply a wood conditioner using a rag or synthetic brush.

Allow the wood conditioner to penetrate the wood for 1-5 minutes. Wipe off the excess with a rag.

Allow it to dry for 15-30 mins. Then lightly sand with 220 grit sandpaper to remove any raised grain. Only one coat is needed.

Apply stain

I chose to use a white semi-transparent stain and a solid stain in Gentle Olive. You could stain to your color and style preference.

Apply wax to the top

Apply Minwax Grain Highlighting Finishing Wax to the top of the console table.


First mix the wax. Then, using a rag, apply the wax in a circular motion, making sure to evenly cover the surface.

After 3-5 minutes, remove the excess wax using a rag and moving against the grain. You will see that the wax sets into the grain of the wood, leaving a beautiful effect! 

Secure your console table to the wall

Because the console table is narrow and the legs are tall, I recommend securing your console table to the wall. You can use small L brackets for this. You can spray paint them the color of your wall and table, securing them underneath the table so that no one can see them.

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