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DIY Antique Console Table with Drawers

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October 20, 2020

4-drawer console table, antique paint, chalk paint furniture, console tables

We were getting quite comfortable building our rustic farmhouse hallway/ console tables so when a new customer asked if we can build a larger version of our console table with 4-drawers we were excited to accept the challenge.

This would be the largest project we've done in our Dusty Workbench shop to date.

Now we are getting into building some substantial furniture. If we can do a good job with this piece we know we can build anything in this workshop.

The project started with our customer providing us with her preferred dimensions.

We communicated back and forth in regards to the overall plan and color to come to an agreement  where she was happy with the look and price.

How We Built It

Design and Dimensions

The customer sent us a sketch of the console table but we modified the dimensions a little.


4 drawer console table


  • Pine Wood -we used rough cut pine lumber but you can use any grade to save on prep time.  1" x 12" x 96" -> 6 Boards
  • Pocket Hole Screws
  • Wood Screws
  • Wood Dowels
  • Wood Glue
  • Chalk Paint
  • Dark Wood Stain
  • Chalk Paint Wax or Wipe-on Polyurethane
  • Handle/Hardware


  • Table Saw
  • Mitre Saw
  • Drill
  • Pocket Hole Jig
  • Clamps
  • Planner
  • Router
  • Orbital Sander
  • Paint Brush

Cut List





1" x 6" x "52 1/4"


1" x 6" x "64 1/4"


1" x 6" x 18"





1" x 3" x 29"

Lower Shelf




1" x 5" x 60 1/4"


1" x 5" x 50 1/4"


1" x 5" x 15"





1" x 6" x 10"


1" x 6" x 56 1/4"


1" x 2" x 56 1/4"


1" x 2" x 4"





1" x 4" x 12 3/4"


1" x 4" x 12 3/4"


1" x 4" x 12"


1" x 4" x 12 3/4"


1/4" x 12 1/2" x 13 1/4"

Steps To Building The Console Table

We started with the legs. In the image we used 2" x4" but in future builds we will use 1" x 3" boards to make  3" x 3"  legs.

Glueing boards for legs
Glued table legs

We then moved on to building the top. The edge boards had mitre angles to make a frame type shape with mitred pieces at the ends, one straight cut piece down the centre. We used pocket holes to join the pieces to make the process faster.

Console Table top assembly
Console Table top assembly 2

Next, we start assembling the legs and apron to the top using pocket hole screws to attach everything together. You can also use z-clips but we use pocket holes and just enlarge the the pocket holes to allow for expansion.

Leg and apron assembly

The legs and apron attached we can proceed to attaching the lower shelf, using clamps to set the height.

Lower shelf for console table

Next we add the front openings for the drawers. The drawers are going to be on wood sliders.

drawer openings for 4 drawer console table

With the drawer openings in place it's time to make the drawers themselves.

building drawers for 4 drawer console table

Once the drawers are built we add the wooden sliders into the table.

wooden sliders for 4 drawer console table

We decided to add a trim around the drawer fronts so we used the router table to make our own trim.

drawer front trim for 4 drawer console table
drawer front trim

Adding a spline trim accent to the table top. We used the router to make a groove then we glued a wood spline piece and sanded it down flush.

spline groove to the table top
sanding the wooden spline to the top of the table

We sanded everything down to 120 grit and make sure that everything fitted properly before painting and staining.

completed 4 drawer console table before staining

It's time to start staining and painting.

staining top of 4 drawer console table

We stained the whole table brown so that we can do antiquing of the cream color paint on the lower part of the table.

stained table

We painted the lower part with cream colored homemade chalk paint.

cream chalk paint on console table

Once the paint is dry we can sand it down in some areas to make it look like old paint.

antiquing by sanding chalk paint
completed 4 drawer console table

We hope you enjoyed this article.

If you have any comments or questions please leave them below.

Please check out our YouTube channel for walk-throughs of our projects.


Paul and Brenda 

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