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DIY Six-Drawer Console Table With Lower Shelf – Finished!

This project took me much longer than I thought it would. The basic build went relatively quickly, but the finishing took way longer than I had anticipated. But finally, my DIY six-drawer console table is finished!

If you missed the previous posts on this project, you can get caught up here:

At the end of Part 2, the console table looked like this…

To finish the table, I started by filling all of the cracks, joints and nail holes with wood filler. I accidentally bought the wrong kind (the kind that’s pink when it’s wet), but at least you can see it better in photos.

As you can see, I use wood filler very liberally. Since it shrinks as it dries, I like to build it up when I apply it so that it can be sanded as smoothly as possible without having to reapply after it dries and shrinks.

I also used it to fill in where the legs meet the lower shelf.

If I were planning to paint the piece, I would generally fill in areas like this with caulk. But since I was planning to stain, I had to use wood filler.

Once all of the wood filler was dry and sanded smooth, I stained the whole thing with Varathane wood stain (oil-based) in Golden Oak.

I wiped it on with a rag, left it for a few minutes, and wiped off the excess. And I’m so glad that Home Depot now carries this brand! It’s so far superior to Minwax. The console table is made with birch plywood on the top and lower shelf, and the rest is pine. And yet, you can see that the Varathane wood stain turned it all the same color. I was amazed. And relieved.

I gave the stain about an hour to dry, and then used Briwax liming wax, which is a white wax. (I found mine here.)

I covered the entire thing, working on one large section at a time and applying the wax with a white cloth. And then after about an hour, I buffed it with “000” steel wool. You can see the difference it made here…

Obviously, the brighter, whiter areas are waxed but not buffed. The darker areas have been buffed with the steel wool.

With that done, I worked on the drawer fronts. First, I covered them with the grasscloth that I had leftover from the entryway wall. I applied it using wallpaper adhesive, and when it was dry, I trimmed it with scissors.

At this point, this is how they looked.

They needed one more touch to be finished. Using a medium-sized cabinet trim (sold at Home Depot in eight-foot lengths), I made frames to fit around the drawer fronts, allowing a 1/4-inch overlap on all four sides. I didn’t want to use nails on these, so I just assembled them with wood glue and handled them very carefully until they were attached to the drawers.

I finished these frames the same way I did the rest of the table — stain, wax, buff with steel wool. And then I was ready to attach them to the drawers.

Rather than centering the framed on each drawer front, I instead attached them in relation to each other so that they would be lined up as perfectly as possible on the front of the console. I did this by inserting all of the drawers, and then taping the frames in place, making sure they all lined up with each other with equal spacing.

Once I had the placement for each frame marked with painters tape, I attached each one with wood glue and clamps.

I needed one final touch to finish the console — the perfect pulls. I decided that I wanted ring pulls, but after searching and searching, I nearly gave up on finding some that I actually liked and that were big enough and didn’t cost a fortune. I finally came across these at Hobby Lobby. I’m pretty sure that these are the only ring pulls that exist in Waco, Texas, and they just happened to be the right size. But the color and style wasn’t exactly right.

But both of those problems could be easily remedied. As far as that art deco style goes, I just flipped them over and used the back sides, which are smooth and simple in style. And for the color, I gave them a coat of this spray paint…

That was much better, but they still needed a little something, like a backplate, where they attached to the drawer.

So I headed to Joann Fabric and walked up and down almost every single aisle trying to find something that would work. I was certain that I would find what I needed in the jewelry-making section, but surprisingly I found what I needed in the notions aisle. Can you tell what these are?

They’re pieces of snaps. The package came with something like 24 pieces that all combine to make snaps (something I’ve never used, so I can’t even tell you exactly what these pieces are). There were seven of these specific pieces in the package, and they happened to be exactly what I was looking for.

It’s a small detail, but it’s one of those small details that I think makes a difference. You can see here the pull with the backplate on the top, and the pull without the backplate on the bottom.

And with that, it was finished!

I’m very pleased with how this turned out. When deciding on the finish, I knew I wanted something light and natural rather than a painted finish.

I tried a couple of other finishes, including a stained finish coated in polyurethane with white pigment. That looked awful and plastic. But this buffed wax finish turned out much closer to what I envisioned.

And because the whole thing has been buffed with a fine steel wool, the surfaces are incredibly smooth.

Now just know that if you ask me where it’s going, I’ll ignore your question. 🙂 You’ll see soon enough. But I have a feeling that you could easily guess. 🙂

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How to build a six-drawer console table



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61 Comments

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    Dale
    August 6, 2018 at 10:15 am

    Very pretty!

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    Gail Ebeling
    August 6, 2018 at 10:26 am

    What a clever idea to use the snaps. Never would have thought to look all over. Brilliant

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    Cyd
    August 6, 2018 at 10:34 am

    Very cool!

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    Janet G.
    August 6, 2018 at 10:36 am

    Swoonworthy! I love the addition of the inset grasscloth. This looks so high-end; absolutely beautiful work! Can’t wait to see it’s final home with the sconces.

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    Diane
    August 6, 2018 at 10:46 am

    Kristi… I know where it’s going. 😉 And I LOVE it!! In fact, I think it is my favorite furniture piece of all that you have done. Your skills are getting madder by the second. The color, the grass cloth, the pulls… perfection!!

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    Andrea
    August 6, 2018 at 10:48 am

    YES! Grass cloth re-incorporated! I wondered if you were gonna put that back in somehow. love that look on the drawers! I think the piece turned out awesome! Plus your “Kristi-hack” (lol) on the hardware is fantastic!

    Okay- so how in the world do you get this furniture into the house? I don’t doubt you are strong, but you are tiny compared to me and there’s no way I could struggle that thing in. Do you use a furniture dolly and/or gliders once you get inside? I usually end up dinging a corner of the piece, the wall, scratching the floor…etc.

    I bet I know where it’s going… lol

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    Shannon
    August 6, 2018 at 10:50 am

    This is absolutely beautiful! It will be perfect in your home, great job!

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    Laurie
    August 6, 2018 at 10:52 am

    Very nice!

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    mason
    August 6, 2018 at 10:55 am

    GORGEOUS!!!!!!

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    barb
    August 6, 2018 at 11:06 am

    Love the pulls – they are gorg 🙂 🙂

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    d brossy
    August 6, 2018 at 11:09 am

    ABSOUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!!! WOW! love the finish, color choices. everything about it. you are one heck of a skilled person. what can you NOT do ????!!

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    Ann Rourke
    August 6, 2018 at 11:09 am

    Just….WOW!

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    Kim
    August 6, 2018 at 11:10 am

    Favorite project ever! I LOVE this!

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    Gail
    August 6, 2018 at 11:11 am

    Absolutely stunning!

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    Theresa P
    August 6, 2018 at 11:15 am

    This is my favorite piece of furniture so far. I love it!!! Something like this would be several thousand dollars retail. AMAZING! Can’t wait to see it all pulled together with your other pieces… whereever it’s going to go… 🙂

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    Devra
    August 6, 2018 at 11:17 am

    Beautiful job!! But be prepared, with a bottom shelf that low to the ground, it will be a great hiding place for Peeve and Cooper’s toys. 🐈 🐕

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    Debbie
    August 6, 2018 at 11:22 am

    Beautiful! My husband and I need something desperately like this for TV console. We want it to be about 90 – 95” long for his 75” TV. I have found nothing that fits the bill without costing a fortune. I plan to show him this and see if he thinks we might be able to pull it off. Thanks for all your sharing.

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    JILL NELSON
    August 6, 2018 at 11:24 am

    I’m amazed once again. Absolutely beautiful! Do you have any idea what was the total cost to build?

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    Marlyn
    August 6, 2018 at 11:32 am

    I love it! I hope you are putting it in your entry. it’s perfect for that space!

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    Veronica
    August 6, 2018 at 11:33 am

    Love it!

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    Nadine
    August 6, 2018 at 11:34 am

    I think I know where it is going also. I have one question – why do you buy furniture when you can create master pieces like this? I love everything about this console table – it’s perfect!

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    Kristin
    August 6, 2018 at 11:39 am

    Looks good! I’ve been using Varathane (Rustoleum) stain for several years now after using Minwax for twenty years. It beats Minwax hands down (sorry Minwax) on ease of use, consistent color, and vibrancy in my opinion. You many know this, but Wal-Mart (at least ours) carries it as well.

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    Joyce
    August 6, 2018 at 11:44 am

    My first reaction when I openned this blog was WOW!!! This is beautiful!!!!! Cant wait to see it in your entryway 🙂 !

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    Linda
    August 6, 2018 at 11:52 am

    Simply WOW! I have no other words!

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    Chris
    August 6, 2018 at 11:56 am

    NIIICE! Very niiiice! The added snaps to the pulls was perfect finishing touch!

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    Rebecca B
    August 6, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Wow Krist. That turned out really nice. Kind of has a 1600’s Spanish antiquey look to it, doesn’t it? So on the sanding, did you hand sand everything or did you use an electric sander for anything at all?

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    Caroline
    August 6, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    Oh my; how absolutely beautiful! How creative! What are you going to keep in the drawers?

    I will confess … I do not like grass cloth. I really do not like grass cloth on walls! I found it held dust and dander.

    That said… I LOVE your grass cloth drawer fronts! They are perfect; the edges are contained; they will be so easy to lightly vacuum if need be; and they are gloriously gorgeous.

    I know where the console could go…north to North Dakota, to live in my sewing room!

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    Marilyn Canaday
    August 6, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    So beautiful! Your details make it perfect! Love the grass cloth!

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    Rebecca Francis
    August 6, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Beautiful!

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    chiflipper
    August 6, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    Lovely!

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    Betty Paulsen
    August 6, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    Wow!!!

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    Pam
    August 6, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    Very very nice!! I’m so glad it’s not painted and I hope it’s going in front of the grass cloth wall. Natural wood pieces warm up a room so much more than paint!

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    chiflipper
    August 6, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    Look! Kristi’s looks every bit as good.
    https://ecantiques.com/products/cerused-oak-and-grasscloth-chest-of-drawers?variant=38291023811

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    Tara C
    August 6, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    This is absolutely beautiful! Your artistic ability amazes me. This is my favorite of all your projects.

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    Nicki Jones
    August 6, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    Love it! I think I know where it’s going…can’t wait to see if I’m right 🙂

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    Marcia B.
    August 6, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    I absolutely love this! You must be so proud of it.

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    Gloria S.
    August 6, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    It’s very pretty!

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    Sarah
    August 6, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    absolutely ADORE!!! I want one!

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    Marianne in Mo.
    August 6, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    Love it! Great job! Glad you were able to utilize the leftover grasscloth and I LOVE the pulls. I think I know where it’s going too, and Peeve will love shooting her toys underneath it! LOL!

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    Adele
    August 6, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    You mean the wall-formerly-covered-with-grass cloth! Last we saw on the blog, there is purple paint with a Greek Key border where the teal grass cloth used to be.

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    Susie
    August 6, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    Beautifully done!!! LOVE your furniture pieces! And, I’m so thrilled to learn your Varethane and white wax finish. It’s perfect and I hope to duplicate it on a bathroom vanity. Fingers crossed!

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    Kim Baxter-Brown
    August 6, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    Totally A-W-E-S-O-M-E! I’m inspired to make one! Great job!

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    Jana
    August 6, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    Outstanding. Your talents are endless!

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    Kimberly
    August 6, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    OH. MY. GAWWWWDDDD! It’s sohohooooo BEAUTIFUL! Your talents never cease to amaze! This piece is stunning, I love everything about it! It’d be perfect in my home LOL!

    You are amazing!

    P.S. I think I know where you’re going to put it!

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    Cori Tate
    August 6, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    That is crazy pretty!

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    AinOakPark
    August 7, 2018 at 2:27 am

    NICE!!!

    And those snaps made all the difference!

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    Sandy
    August 7, 2018 at 7:14 am

    Looks like a high end piece!! Fantastic as always!

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    Chris
    August 7, 2018 at 7:24 am

    A very nice console and thanks for the build instructions. I love the flip on the pulls and the little snap backers; that’s so clever and they came out so well with the coat of paint. I’m happy you’ve found a way to incorporate the grass cloth. I cried with you when it was ruined.

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    Gwen
    August 7, 2018 at 10:11 am

    Absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing. Love those ring pulls and that detail you added with the snap. Would never have thought to flip them over.

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    Lynette
    August 7, 2018 at 11:24 am

    I didn’t know wood filler stained so perfectly! Love everything about this!!!

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    Kim
    August 7, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    Wowzer!!!!!

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    Angel
    August 7, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    What a gorgeous piece! I love it!

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    Sharon C
    August 7, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    Kristi you have designed, built and created an absolutely beautiful and stunning piece of furniture! I think this is your best work!!!!!!!!

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    Kimberly
    August 7, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    I am just blown away! So beautiful!

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    Joanne B.
    August 7, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    One word: Unbelievable.

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    designdreamer
    August 8, 2018 at 12:42 am

    Wow! That’s beautiful!

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    Carol Willis-Holden
    August 8, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    Absolutely stunning! And I love how the piece looks almost golden in the light outside. Yes, I know you’ll be putting it inside, but I had to comment on that anyway. It looks incredibly high-end, classy and simply gorgeous! In my next life, I want to come back as YOU!

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    Cielo
    August 8, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    Wow… you don’t have to shop for furniture (or anything else) when you can make so many things yourself! It turned out beautiful. But… With all the spence it took, your hard labor, plus the time it took you, was it worth it? You really have to love what you do, I guess. But beautiful, it is!

    cielo

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    Anon User
    January 22, 2019 at 12:34 am

    Wow! I discovered this blog from google. I just want to say this is my new favorite site. Keep up the stunning work.

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    Ashley
    February 7, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    This is one of my new favorite sites- hands down. I love (and appreciate) the step by step instructions paired with the photos AND the source lists! These posts are not only beautiful but they are incredibly easy to understand and utilize. Great work!

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