How to Build a Rustic Farmhouse Console Table

Our friends surprised us and built this Ana White inspired farmhouse console table when we bought our first home. We absolutely loved this table immediately. We were so thankful for our friends taking the time out of their busy lives to make such a beautiful and sturdy table.

This console table was sadly the sturdiest piece of furniture we owned at the time when we bought our first home. We had a bunch of cheaply made particle board furniture from our 1-bedroom apartment. This console table really inspired us to start doing more DIY projects.

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Tools Required

  • Kreg Jig
  • Tape Measure
  • Safety Glasses
  • Hearing Protection
  • Hammer
  • Drill
  • Sander
  • Miter Saw
  • Speed Square
  • Screws

Cut List

12 – 2×2 @ 30”
6 – 2×4 @ 28 1/2″
2 – 1×12 @ 63 1/2″
5 – 2×4 @ 11 1/4″
2 – 2×2 @ 11 1/4″
2 – 2×2 @ 22 1/2″ (long point to short point, ends parallel, cut at 60 degrees off square)
4 – 2×2 @ 11 1/4″ (longest point to shortest point, long end cut at 60 degrees off square, short point cut at 30 degrees off square, angles are in same direction)
3 – 2×6 @ 74 1/2″

Step 1

After you have made your cuts, build the 2 frames of the table.

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Step 2

Once the frames have been built, attach the frames to the shelves.

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Step 3

The 2×4 supports need to be the same width as the 1×12 boards – expected to be 11 1/4″ wide. Attach to frames and shelves. To attach the frames use 2 1/2″ pocket holes screws through 1 1/2″ pocket holes.

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Step 4

Then place the trim on the sides of the shelves.

Step 5

The next step is to make the X design on the sides. Each cut on the ends of the first piece is 60 degrees. Try practicing this cut on scrap wood before you cut your final pieces. These cuts can be a little tricky to get correct on the first try. If you would rather not add the X design to the table, the table will still look great without this design.

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Where the second piece contacts the first piece is cut at a 30 degree angle

Step 6

Finally you can add the top portion to the frame. I recommend to first build top of the table with 1 1/2″ pocket holes and 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws. Once the top has been competed then attach the top through 2×4/2×2 aprons or you can plank the top of the table. Use your 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws to attach the top.

ana white rustic x console table

Step 7 – Sanding

I used a course sandpaper in 60 grit to smooth deeper scratches in the wood. After sanding with 60 grit, I used 150 grit sandpaper and then 220 grit sandpaper to smooth these areas that were deeply sanded.  For all other areas that just needed a light sanding, I used a fine 220 grit sandpaper to smooth the surface, so the stain and paint would really stick.

How to Stain and Paint the Farmhouse Console Table

To stain the top portion of the console table I used an old t-shirt and Varathane Stain and Poly in Kona Semi-Gloss. I placed the console table in a well-ventilated area and a drop cloth under the table.

The stain has a strong odor because the stain is oil based, so make sure windows at least a few windows are open while staining and you wear a mask and gloves.  Next take a rag and wipe down the table to make sure all the sanding table has been removed.

varathan stain and poly

Now that the table has been wiped clean, you can begin staining. Grab an old t shirt or a brush and apply a thin coat of stain in the same direction of the grain of the wood. Let the stain sit for about 30 seconds and lightly wipe the stain with a t shirt or rag.

Apply as many coats as you need to achieve the color you prefer. Wait at least an hour in between coats, so the stain applies evenly. I applied 3-4 coats because I like a darker finish to match our Java Scrapped Pergo floors.

Once you have achieved the look you are going for, you are done with the staining. The Varathane Stain and Poly already had a clear coat built into the stain, so need to apply a clear topcoat. This table was stained 3 years ago and has not had a single chip in the stain. Did I mention we have a reckless child? I have also, used this same Varathane stain on my staircase and the stain looks great.

How to Paint the Farmhouse Console Table

The table should already be wiped down from staining and you should have the table in a well-ventilated area with a drop cloth underneath. I used a Wooster Angled Brush and Behr Interior Semi- Gloss Enamel paint. I did not tint the paint because I wanted the bottom of the console table to be pure white.

I have used Behr Interior Semi-Glass Enamel paint for a bathroom vanity, and I had great luck with the paint, so I knew it would be good option for this project. This paint works best for high traffic areas indoors and can resist moisture and mildew.

I used the Wooster Angled Brush to paint the entire lower portion of the console table. This brush did a great job to get into tighter areas and did not leave as many brush strokes compared to other brushes.

Be sure to paint in the same direction with light to medium pressure on the brush. I painted on a total of 2 coats and let the paint dry a few hours in between coats. I did not apply a top protective coat as this paint is very durable.

Behr Paint and Primer in One

Kreg Jig – If you need help using a Kreg Jig, see our post: Kreg Jig- Why you need it and How to use it

For diagrams on the cuts visit Ana White’s Website at: Console Table

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This has been a fantastic piece in our house and is incredibly sturdy. If you have any questions, just let us know in the comments below.

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