When a friend moved out of state last year, she asked me if I wanted her dining room table. Honestly, I didnít need a dining room table (this one was a little small for my growing family), but I canít say no to something free. Also, I had an idea on how to transform that table into something more useful for me ó a pair of half-table consoles.
I got the idea for the consoles from a combination of one of the home makeover shows on HGTV and a tutorial from Martha Stewart. The project is simple and requires few tools, especially if the table has a split down the middle for a leaf. This is also a good project for a table that is missing a leg, or one that is scratched or otherwise damaged. As long as half the table is intact, it can be transformed.
1. First, extend the table (open it) and sand all surfaces. Wipe it down with a damp cloth when youíre finished to remove any dust. Then paint the table in whatever color you desire. I went with white, since it matches any decor, but if you are painting over a dark table, youíll probably need to prime it first. I think itís easier to paint the table before you take it apart, because at this point it stills stands on its own.
2. Once the paint is dry, turn the table upside down and unscrew or unbolt the extension pieces from either side of the table. Lay an old blanket down first so you donít scratch or chip the paint. I saved those pieces of wood that attached the two sides of the table and used them in the next step.
3. Place a piece of wood (the piece I used was about 1 inch thick and 6 inches long) in the center of the straight edge of the table, or the edge that will be placed against the wall. Drill three evenly spaced holes through the piece of wood and into the table bottom, making sure you donít drill through to the top of the table. Screw the piece of wood securely into the table.
4. Place the table against the wall in the location you want it, making sure it is level. It helps to have a second person here to hold the table in place while you attach it to the wall. Drill at least three holes through the wood piece underneath the table into the wall. Be sure to not hit the other screws that are attaching that piece to the table. Attach the table to the wall with screws, and youíre done.
I used one of the tables in my dining room and the other in the nursery to hold various baby items: