DIY Upholstered Console Table

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I am so excited to bring this reveal to you guys because I had so much fun doing it and am really pleased with how it turned out.  I am really proud of myself because we built it from scratch.  I posted here about some of my favorite options for console tables.  I really liked many of them, but I had really specific measurements, and had a hard time finding something I loved in those dimensions. So the DIY’er in me said why not make one.  I used big time power tools and I am glad to say that they were not as intimidating as I imagined.

Here is what you will need:

  1. Two 8 foot 2×12 
  2. 3″ wood screws
  3. 4 L Brackets
  4. Wood glue
  5. Drill
  6. Circular saw
  7. T-square or right angle
  8. 4 yards of fabric of choice
  9. Staple gun
  10. Fabric glue
  11. Tack strip (it is for upholstery projects and you can find it here)

Here is what we did:

FIRST, cut your boards.  I cut one board into two 30 ” sections for the legs.  I cut the second board to 64″  for the top.  If you want it longer or shorter adjust your cuts accordingly!

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Oh yeah!  You can just call me sawdust girl!

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SECOND, set your two legs up vertically and then put your top board on top of the two legs.  This sounds easy but you want to get the legs into perfect position before putting it together.  Use your right-angle tool of choice to get it right.  Then lift off the top, put wood glue on the tops of the legs (keeping them vertical) and put your top back onto the glued legs.  Screw through the top board into each leg, with three screws in each leg.  I pre-drilled and then put wood glue in each pre-drilled hole before attaching with the 3″ wood screws.  Keep checking to make sure you are keeping your table perfectly square.

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And voila, there you have a very simple Parsons style console table!

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Moving onto the upholstery.  I found this chic faux ostrich fabric online and I thought it would be perfect.  It is upholstery weight and is vinyl, so it wipes up clean!


Upholstering this bad boy was much more of an undertaking than I realized.  A huge shout out goes out to my husband who helped me with this.  We make quite the DIY duo.  Watch out Young House Love– Ha! (For those of you who do not obsessively read design blogs like me, Young House Love is a DIY/Design blog written by the most hilarious and cute couple.)

Here is what you do to achieve the look:

FIRST, I started out by cutting the fabric in half width-wise (half of the 54-inch width is perfect to cover the top and sides).

SECOND, I then draped it over the table to play around with how I would handle the corners of the table.  I decided it would be easy to just fold the corner diagonally and affix it to the table (sort of like wrapping a present).  I then flipped the table over on its back so I could start covering one side.

THIRD, I pulled it tight and stapled the end at the bottom.  I pulled the fabric really tight and started stapling both sides.  They didn’t have to be perfectly even because they were going to be covered with another panel of fabric on the inside of the table.  I pulled the fabric very tight and stapled the fabric around all 3 outside surfaces of the table.

FOURTH,  I covered the insides, which was a bit trickier.  This is where the tack strip is  a necessity. Cut the fabric the length of the legs with a few extra inches in width on each side of the table leg. Measure and cut two strips of tack strip that match the length.  Turn the fabric inside out and line it up an inch or two with the edge of the table leg.  Staple the tack strip along the edge of the table leg holding the fabric in place underneath.  Temporarily tack the other piece of tack strip to the other edge of the table leg.

Apply fabric glue to the top (after one side is attached, you can’t fit a staple gun under the fabric to staple the tack strip to the other side, so you have to use fabric glue.)  Glue the seam to the bottom edge of the table leg to complete the inside. Pull the stapled fabric tight and fold it back over the tack strip and back over the table leg.  Hold firmly against tack strip on other side to secure the glue. Once the glue dries, use needle nose pliers to remove the temporary staples.  Apply glue to the other side of the tack strip and fold the remaining edge of the fabric back over to complete.  Glue the seam to the bottom edge of the table leg to complete the inside.  Use this process to cover the inside of both legs and underneath the top and you will have smooth seams and nice clean edge.

Here are a few close-ups of the tack strip process in progress . . .

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LAST, but not least, I added four L brackets to the inside of the table to make it just a bit more sturdy. I had visions of my two-year old and four-year old climbing over the couch and trying to surf on it!


Here is a close up of the seam.


Here is the final result.  Overall, I am really pleased given that I barely spent any money on this piece and it is custom fit to my dimensions.

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This simple and chic table was inspired by Audrey Hepburn and her sophisticated and clean style.  I have a thing for her and even named my youngest daughter after her.  In honor of miss Audrey, I took a few shots of the table styled with Audrey Hepburn in mind.

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What do you think?  I am pretty pleased given that it only cost me around $65.  The best part of the project was getting to do it with my dad and husband- two very special men in my life!

Hopefully, there will be more big furniture DIY’s in my future!!

I am linking up to the Summer Soiree Party,  Best of the Nest at Driven By DecorTutorials and Tips over at Home Stories A-Z Thrifty Decor Chick, and Work it Wednesday.  Head over and check out all of the inspiration!!



  1. Your table looks absolutely fabulous! but real kicker is the ostritch fabric you covered it with! LOVE IT!

  2. Love this!

  3. Nice work, Jennifer!! So very chic! 🙂

  4. Very Audrey-ish! Nice job. Visiting from Best of the Nest.

  5. Jennifer, I love that you tackled this to get exactly what you wanted – it turned out great, and that ostrich is my favorite!!

    • Thanks Pam! Sometimes you just have to create something if you can’t find what you love! The ostrich is to die for and I love that it is vinyl so if my kids spill or put a drink on it I won’t freak out!

  6. I love this console table and it looks so doable! Great project!

  7. angies_deco_adobe says:

    turned out beautiful!!


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