DIY: A Console for a Small Space

Dec 2, 2013

I have a really small dining room. So small that my area rug is 5 feet-by-5 feet. Nonetheless, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect storage buffet and with such specific needs, it’s no surprise that I never found it. Those specific needs you ask?
  1. If it has doors they need to be sliding doors (or have none at all).
  2. It can’t be ugly or deeper than 12 inches.
  3. I need it to have a bit of storage.
  4. I don’t want a natural wood finish.
  5. I prefer a modern style.
  6. The list goes on…

So far everything readily available has not worked, until now.

I started thinking outside-the-box and realized I needed to repurpose something if I wasn’t willing to pay a professional to build something for me. While shopping for other reasons, I was inspired by the Carlson Tower at CB2. It’s perfect size and price got me thinking. Let’s turn it on it’s side. Table legs are easy to get, and I ordered four of these 24 inch hairpin legs online. For kicks, I got a quote to see how much it would be to plate each leg in a satin brass. It would be $175 each, so I decided to skip it.  (*but can always do it later!)  
Tools needed:
  • Screw gun
  • Steel drill bit
  • Machine screws, bolts & flat washers
  • Paper or painter’s tape 
Optional tools (but not tested for this project):
  • Right angle drill
  • Counter sink bit
  1. Place legs and trace holes with a marker
  2. Tape over the marks.  *Tape will prevent the drill from slipping and sliding off your mark, avoiding major scratches.  It’s going to be the bottom, but why not keep it pretty?
  3. Attach the legs with screws, bolts & washers. Tighten with a wrench.

One not-so-great detail is this one. I didn’t have a right angle drill, so I wasn’t able to counter sink the screws.  It’ll work for now.

 Voilà! The perfect sized console for a small dining space.


  1. *sIMPLY jESS

    December 8th, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    creative and inspiring! I was wondering where you purchased your colorful storage boxes?

  2. bridget6

    December 11th, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Hi! Thanks for reading!
    The orange one is from an old set of stationary from Kate’s Paperie. The others are a set of the PALLRA boxes currently available at IKEA.


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