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Create a Buffet With Basket Storage

Add extra shelves to a console table to create a buffet with plenty of dining room storage.

Layla Palmer, the Lettered Cottage

Materials Needed:

  • measuring tape
  • electric jigsaw
  • circular saw
  • sanding block or electric hand sander
  • 80-grit sandpaper
  • 1 - 4' x 8' sheet of smooth, paint-grade plywood
  • pencil
  • sheet of paper
  • paintbrush
  • 1 gallon of water-based primer
  • 1 gallon of semi-gloss, latex paint
  • nail gun
  • small nails
  • level
  • protective eyewear
  • ventilation mask

Choose a Console Table

Any console table with extra long legs that can be painted will do.

Measure for Shelves

Using a measuring tape, determine the distances between all four of the table's legs and write them down on a sheet of paper.

Draw Lines

To create the first shelf, draw four lines, in the shape of a rectangle, that equal the length of the measurements in the previous step onto a sheet of smooth, paint-grade plywood.

Cut It Out

Put on a ventilation mask and a pair of safety goggles. Use a circular saw to carefully cut out the first shelf.

Measure the Corners

Measure one inch in from each direction on each corner of the shelf and use a pencil to connect the dots.

Cut the Corners

Cut notches in each corner of the shelf by using a jigsaw to follow the lines drawn in the previous step.

Sand the Notches

Sand each notch with an electric hand sander or a sanding block wrapped in 80-grit sandpaper.

Check the Fit

Check to make sure the first shelf fits properly, and assuming it does, repeat steps for making it to create the second shelf.

Check the Fit on the Second Shelf

Once the second shelf is cut and the corners have been sanded, check to make sure it fits properly below the first shelf.

Secure the Shelves

Use a nail gun and small nails to secure both shelves to the each leg of the console table. Shoot each nail in at an angle so that it goes through both the shelf and the table leg. Tip: Make sure the shelves are level before securing them to each leg.

Prime and Paint the Shelves

Apply one coat of water-based primer, then paint both shelves with two coats of semi-gloss, latex paint and allow to dry for 24 hours before placing anything on them.

Optional: Remove Existing Drawers

If the console table has drawers that aren't functioning as well as they should, consider removing them and using baskets in their place.

Prime and Paint the Drawer Opening(s)

Apply one coast of water-based primer, then paint the inside of each drawer opening with two coats of semi-gloss latex paint and allow to dry for 24 hours.

Insert Baskets

Measure each shelf and drawer opening to determine the desired basket sizes. When the paint has fully cured, slide each basket into place.

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