A diy console table can double as a writing desk or writing table just by adding a chair!
This DIY console table was made using a table leaf and two random table legs. I really love the way it turned out, and could seriously make these repurposed furniture pieces all day long. This particular console table connects to the wall.
Look! The console table doubles as a writing desk! Just add a chair.
I got this free chair from my neighbor Rodney when he cleaned out his garage. It was in rough shape, but had great bones! I think you know I rarely say NO to a free chair.
While I was making the console table I made sure that it was the proper height for the chair.
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I mixed up some diy chalky paint primer with black paint and plaster of paris. After lightly sanding the chair to remove the rubber chair seat backing and the flaking paint, I was ready to paint with my new Homeright Finish Max Super.
A chair like this would be a real pain to paint with a brush. The Finish Max gives it a super sleek look!
awww, much better!
This writing table is perfect for a home office, or a kitchen nook for paying bills. It’s shallow design is large enough for the task at hand, but won’t take up a lot of room in your home.
The white vase is a recent find, the hydrangeas are from my yard (I dried them). The artwork was from a class at Haven Conference with Jocie from One Project Closer. She does a hand lettering workshop online. Busy Girl's Guide To Hand Lettering. She's so talented, I'm in the process of taking the online class.
Would you use it for writing, home décor, or both?
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Hi, there! I’m Gail, the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. I’m obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believe that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again—myself included! I hope you’ll enjoy the journey and pick up a few tools along the way… literally!
I Love the color of the little table attached to the wall and the frame! Can you tell me how you created that color and what color is it? Thank you!
I apologize for confusing you. A link to the table is at the very top of the article. You can see all the details about the table here: https://www.myrepurposedlife.com/diy-console-table-made-from-a-table-leaf-and-odd-table-legs/
Verna M Schlueter
Hi Gail, love this project! as I love all you do 🙂 one question how did you attach to the wall?...french cleat? V
Nope, not a french cleat. You can see a picture in the original post of the Console Table here: https://www.myrepurposedlife.com/diy-console-table-made-from-a-table-leaf-and-odd-table-legs/
I drilled holes through the back board and that allows me to screw it directly to the wall.
Hope this helps!
Hi Gail. My name is Debbie & I've been checking out your blog for a while now. I also love to build things & repurpose furniture finds into something new. I just got an older 3 drawer dresser from Craigslist for $10 & I'm turning it into a kitchen island/work station. I took out the bottom 2 drawers (one was damaged anyway) & gutted that space. Then I lined it with various wood I had on hand. I'm going to paint the bottom portion of the "dresser" & restain the top. 2 questions if you don't mind, first: have you ever used plain white paint to prime over old stained wood, & if not what primer do you recommend? 2nd, I hope you can help me here. I am also building your June of 2015 potting bench. I can figure out most of it from the pictures but I was wondering if you could give me some of the dimensions? It looks like you used maybe 6 planks for the bench top. If so, I can work it from there I think. I'd appreciate any advice you could give. Thanks.
I use paint with plaster of paris (chalky paint) as a primer. I rarely use real primer. I like to prime with the same color that I'm using for the topcoat.
About the potting bench -- For the bench top I used reclaimed dog eared fence boards that are 5.5 inches wide. I used the smaller picket boards for everything else (except for the 2x4's)
I hope that helps! I really need to start measuring my projects.
Thanks Gail, that does help. Did you use 6 of the boards on the top like it looks? I'm off to Hobby Lobby to look for the chalky paint. Have a lovely day.
P.S. Measurements would be awesome on future projects!
Me again. One more question if you don't mind. What is the ratio of chalky paint to regular paint? Thank you.
I mix my own chalky paint using the latex paint that I'm going to be using as the top coat. You can see the ratio (recipe) here: https://www.myrepurposedlife.com/diy-chalky-paint-recipe-makes-a-great-primer/
Yes, I used (6) 5.5" boards on the top of the potting bench
This is so cute -- I love the size (and that you thought to CHECK the height of the chair FIRST haha - obviously I have experience NOT doing that!) and I love the contrast of the desk and the chair. I think it would be a great piece however you'd choose to use it but as a writing desk it's definitely perfect!
Thank you so much Lauren. Since I rarely plan anything, I'm happy I tried the chair first! 🙂