Make a 12-Foot Console Table for $100

Young House Love

I have a long sectional sofa in my living room, and although I love it, one challenge is that the sofa is too long to really use end tables. With a traditional sofa, end tables are the ideal place for a lamp, a coaster for your drink, a spot to put your phone while you curl up with a book… you get the idea. But what should all the in-between people on your super-long couch do? A console table is the solution!

The prohibitive factor? The cost and hassle of finding a table long enough to fit your space. John and Sherry Petersik faced this same dilemma — and I was blown away by their creative solution.

Their initial plan was to build a frame, and then use old recycled pallet boards for a distressed-looking top. Once John began working with the old pallets, however, he quickly realized he was in over his head, effort-wise. Anyone who has ever tried to break down pallets to utilize the wood knows his pain! He quickly decided to go to Plan B and use plain old lumberyard wood, but he came up with his own method of distressing, which is actually quite impressive!

I can't decide which part of this project I like the best — the approximately $100 price tag? The dark stain? The side shelves? Or is it this — the hidden compartment in the center?

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John and Sherry have done a great job making a piece of furniture that is beautiful, useful, and budget-friendly, but that's not all — they've also broken down the process into a really helpful tutorial with lots of step-by-step photos.

Read More: At Long Last, A Completed Console: Young House Love

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Sarah is a freelance writer and photographer and mother of four boys. Her hobbies include writing emails at 4 am, fixing up her century-old home, critiquing superhero spin kicks, and trying not to kill her garden.

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