We’re sharing how to create a console table from an old door today!
With Earth Day right around the corner, I’ve been thinking about how DIYers everywhere do their part to save everything from large pieces of furniture to rusty bits and bobs from the landfill.
We created a console table from an old door several years ago which we still love and use to this day.
Finding the Right Door…
It all started when we found a beautiful door at an antique store in Blue Ridge, Georgia, while at the cabin for around $30 or $35.
I totally fell in love with the warmth of the wood and we hauled it back home to Florida.
Finding the Right Legs…
Besides, after multiple storm seasons, the center portion of the gate leg table was no longer useable and was headed for the burn pile anyway.
So, before they hauled everything off, my parents let us salvage the table legs to create a console table from an old door.
Thankfully, the legs were still in great shape, had pretty lines, and lots of charm.
How to Create a Console Table From An Old Door – The Process…
We started out by securing the salvaged legs to the old door with wood screws and a cordless drill.
Luckily for us, we were able to reclaim the anchor pieces that were already attached to the legs which made securing the legs to the table even easier.
Most tables come with a table apron. Since we were building a console table from an old door though, my bestie S, helped me build a skirt for the table using 1 x 4’s.
Given the salvaged table legs came attached to a piece of wood, S was able to secure the skirt to the existing wood with finishing nails.
We left a lip for the door approximately 2.5 inches from the skirt.
For added stability, S added two cross pieces made from 1 x 1’s and secured with finishing nails and wood glue.
Once the glue was dry, we added a small piece of trim with finishing nails.
Then I painted the skirt and legs white.
Once the paint had dried, I distressed the legs with 120-grit sandpaper and sealed them with clear furniture paste wax.
To add a layer of texture and help with our storage needs, we placed large water hyacinth baskets underneath the console table we created from an old door which served us well for many years.
How to Create a Console Table from an Old Door – The Update…
*This post was updated in April 2021.
As I’ve shared before, we live in an open concept home. This console table is one of the first pieces you see when you walk in the front door. It bridges the large gap between the entry and the living room.
While the baskets have helped immensely over the years, I’ve been wanting more closed storage systems lately because it feels like everything is on display.
I know this is not an uncommon feeling for those of us living in an open concept home. You can read more about our thoughts in this post, How to Style a Glass Display Cabinet, if you like.
Searching for a simple solution and an easy fix, I found this piece of inspiration in one of my all-time favorite decorating books, Patina Farm.
I painted an extra table leg we’d been able to salvage from the original project and asked S to attach it to the middle of the console table we created from an old door.
The extra leg was ok. But it honestly wound up looking much busier than I wanted and I knew immediately it needed a skirt.
So, I headed to our local home improvement store to pick up a canvas drop cloth.
After washing and drying the drop cloth, I sewed a pocket for the cafe rod we installed under the console table.
Most cafe rods will come with hardware. You also might be able to use a tension rod depending on how heavy your material is and how long your console table from an old door is.
Don’t forget you’ll need extra fabric than originally measured to scrunch it up on the rod!
The entire process from start to finish took less than 30 minutes (save for washing and drying the canvas drop cloth) and was definitely easier than I expected!
Especially, for a beginner-ish sewer like me.
The Decorating Dilemma…
While I’m really happy with the way the skirt came together, I’m still not sure what to add to the top of our console table from an old door, if anything.
I’ve tried the just French Country painted planter filled with flowers but it seemed like something was missing,
and I’ve also tried the planter with the lamps but now it seems a little too busy. Honestly, I can’t decide which option if any is best.