Modified Simple Cheap Console Table

This was my first project from Ana's web site. I modified the table by expanding the trim of the stretcher to the outsides and adding a shelf. I also added an additional shelf in the middle. I cut the apron for the top down to two inches, and an inch a half for the lower two shelves. I distressed each piece of wood individually by hitting it with a bag of nails and various other things.

Estimated Cost
$40.00 - I had the stain and sand paper and polyurethane.
Estimated Time Investment
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used
I used two coats of dark walnut minwax and two coats of satin polyurethane. If anyone has any tips for their "best" finishing techniques, I'm all ears.
Recommended Skill Level


shea chappell

Sat, 11/12/2011 - 07:31

I am literally I the middle of buildig the sectional and all of a sudden it says I
am not authorized to get into that page. Any information?


Sat, 11/12/2011 - 20:03

And what a fun project, whacking it with nails and such to distress. Did you feel de-stressed afterward?

It looks great.

T-Town DIYer

Tue, 11/15/2011 - 09:25

I could have given the table a little bit more of my stress. Unfortunately I couldnt swing the bag too hard, because the nails would rip right through it and fly all over the place. Maybe next time i'll use a pillow cause and swing a little harder.

T-Town DIYer

Thu, 11/17/2011 - 10:14

This has become me new favorite site to visit. My to do list is a mile long and covers almost every room in the house. My wife thanks you!