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DIY Easy Rustic TV Console Table

This Rustic TV Console Table is so easy to make. With a couple of crates, a few boards, and regular tools you can create a super fun table for your TV. You can paint it in any combination and technique you love and make a unique piece of furniture that will make your room gorgeous!

Has it happened to you, that there is something you were long desiring to make but when you finally manage to make it, life just gets in the way and you don’t get to share or actually enjoy?

Well, it has to me this past year many times. This Rustic TV Console Table is one of those cases. It’s my very first furniture piece ever. I can’t say how much I love it.

It might not look like much but to me is a huge accomplishment since I wanted to start creating and working with wood so badly for such a long time. Since I’m crazy in love with the rustic/farmhouse style, I painted it to look as aged and rustic as I possibly could.

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Easy Rustic TV Console Table Tutorial

I did make a rustic headboard a few years ago for my mom’s guest room. But it hardly qualifies as a furniture piece but as working with wood goes, I loved the experience.

The main idea was to create a rustic tv stand that would work as an entertainment center or media center because having a kid at home it’s likely that we’ll end up having game consoles of some sort. I wanted it to also allow me to make it part of my home decor as well as have some storage space.

In this post, I’m sharing specifically how to create the rustic TV console table for my living room with a quick overview of the painting technique. You can find specific painting techniques tutorials in separate posts linked below.

This DIY tv stand is SO insanely easy to put together although I had something so different in mind when I started this project. We had recently moved to a new apartment and we had NO furniture. I wanted to make our TV console table myself.

Then on the hardware store with hubby, we were not finding exactly what we were looking for, so right there we started sharing our ideas and we end up buying everything for this project you see now. This can change so fast but still get something extraordinary. 

How to Make a Rustic TV Console Table

For this diy project, I can’t give you specific measurements because since the base is a couple of crates, the size may vary a lot from place to place. So, please remember that you can adjust each piece as you think fits. You can make it longer and just increase the size of long boards and the short board acting as a shelf.

Basically, all measures will depend on how long you want the DIY tv console to be and the size of your crates.

The assembling itself took me about an hour to complete. The painting was another thing. It took me about two days between coats and drying time to get the best finish possible.

So, how about getting started with this fun and super easy Rustic TV Console Table?

Here we go!


* As mentioned above, sizes are very variable since crates are different in each place. My full length is 45,27 In.

  • 2 long pine wood boards
  • 2 large crates
  • 1 Small pinewood board Size follows: length of long pine boards – both crates width – 3-5 mm = small board.
  • 4 wheels (I used 2 with break and 2 without.)
  • Wood Screws (it will depend on the wood you use but I used 3.5 x 30 EU or 6 x 1 14/ USA )
  • Drill bit (3mm)
  • Screw Driver
  • Bubble level.


I made this video tutorial for you on my assembling process. If you are more of a written detailed tutorial just scroll down a little bit and keep reading, you will also find an overview of how I painted each piece but the actual painting technique tutorial and video will come to the blog soon.

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Prep Work

Ok let’s start with the sizes. what we did was basic math. We sum the width of both crates then substrates it from the total length of the long boards. we had to fix the margins of error since crates are not perfect and it was not fitting perfectly between both long boards.

We sanded about 5 mm from the small board (shelf). You might want to subtract about 3-5 mm from the small board length so you don’t have to sand it so much.

My crates are from a hardware store. I’ve seen them on Ikea and other stores. If you can get your hands on a real crate would be even better.

Since the crates were made with pine wood, I decided to work only with pinewood for all the pieces. But other alternatives are using plywood, or even pallet wood if you want an even more rustic look.

Image of the wood crate packet used for the Rustic tv console table

This being said, once you have all our supplies handy we start the work

Painting the console table pieces

As an overview of the painting, I decided to go with aged grey (limewashed look) for the top board and aged white (Distressed look) for the rest. You can find detailed tutorials on those techniques in the links provided.

So I prep my wood, Sanding, and clean.

Then stained the top board with gray paint diluted with water.

grey stained wood  board

The rest of the wood pieces were stained with walnut wood stain.

walnut stain painting the board

Let them dry well.

Once dry I started with the top board. I dry brushed cotton white paint all over the board, top and bottom.

Applying dry brushing with cheap brush and white paint

For this board, I made sure the dry brush was literal. because I wanted to create an effect in which it would get painted only the creases of the wood. If you get the brush too wet you will just create strong brush strokes. If that’s what you actually want then you are good wetting your brushes.

A closup of the final result of the dry brushing

I dry brushed in both directions. Same as wood lines and across too. Again it’s really important that your brush is really dry. I know it sounds crazy. Just dip the tips of your brush into the paint and then brush it off on a piece of paper. You will see it actually paints. LOL.

Showing the position of the brush on the wood to make dry brushig

I let it dry between hands.  I applied a couple of hands.

Finally, I applied some dry brush with the gray paint to darken the grey a bit but making sure I don’t remove the white. It’s like some touches.

Appying dark grey dry brushing strokes
showing closeup of the finsihed results pf dark grey dry brushing

For the white boards, I still used the dry brush technique but this time a little more paint on the brush and less brushing off.

My intention was to actually turn it into white BUT with that aged effect letting the original string show up.

dry brushing with white paint to create distressed effect on a board
dry brushing with white paint to create distressed effect on a crate

This took me about 3 hands and over a couple of hours drying between hands.

Let all the pieces dry well. Best overnight.

I used a high grit sand block to sand off paint excess on some points like edges and where I thought the paint covered too much. I really wanted a rustic aged look.

sanding the crate edges to create distressed effect

Time to seal and protect. It didn’t work for me to use a liquid sealer, the brush would drag the dry brushed paint. NO FUN!!!! Instead, I used a heavy-duty spray sealer. Applied 2 coats on each piece and let it dry for about 30 min between coats and overnight after the last coat so the smell would disappear.

Assembling the Rustic TV Console Table.

Now to the fun part!

the 2 crates, 3 boards and 4 wheels on the floor ready for assembling

Decide the height you want the middle shelf to be and measure on the sides of your crates. Mark with a pencil.

Also, make sure both crates are facing the same side. You should measure the right side on one and the left side on the other.

measuring the height of the center shelf on one crate
measuring the height of the center shelf on the other crate

Using a 3mm wood drill bit, make the holes where you marked.

drilling holes for the screws

Screw your shelf board in place. I didn’t have help so you can see I piled up boxes and movie cases to hold the board LOL.

You could alternatively make pocket holes with a Kreg jig on the bottom side of the shelf board if you don’t want the screws to be visible inside the crates.

I didn’t use wood glue anywhere because my intention is to be able to disassemble it if I have to move out of this apartment.

drilling the srews to the shelf board on one crate

Once you have one side in place I recommend using a bubble level to make sure your shelf will be well leveled to screw the other side.

drilling the srews to the shelf board on the other crate while leveling
Finishing drilling the screws

When you are done you will get something like this.

the 2 crates and the center shelf intalled

Lay your base board on the floor right side facing up and place the crates on top aligning front edges together.

placing the shelves on the base board.

Screw the four corners of each crate to the base board.

crates crewed top the base board

Then lay your top board on top of crates with the pretty side facing up.

Placing the top board on top of the crates

I left 150 mm extra from the edge on the front.

measuring the position of the top board

Again screw the four corners of each crate.

securing the top board drilling screws  from the crates below

Installing the wheels

Now, turn your table upside-down, and let’s install the wheels. I put the 2 with great on the left side.

the rustic tv console table turned upside down with drill and wheels on it

Mark the place where you want the wheels making sure you leave the same space between edges and the wheel frame on all 4 sides.

measuring the position of the wheels
marking the position of the screws for the wheels

Screw the wheels in place.

Drilling the screws to secure the wheel.

Put your Rustic TV Console Table back up and you are done!!!!!


Just put it where you want it and decorate it as you love it!!!!

The Rustic tv console table ready and decorated.

I even made a shelf with the same gray technique to install on top and make it as my mantel since I don’t have a fireplace where I live. I LOOOOOOVE it.

The front view of the Rustic tv console table and the matching top shelf

What do you think? Isn’t it super easy?

a slight side view of the Rustic tv console table
Rustic tv console table with the tv and some decor
Rustic tv console table and the entertainment center space below
closeup of the distressed look of the crates of the Rustic tv console table
closeup of the liwashed look of the top of the Rustic tv console table
closeup of the crate
closeup of the insede of the crates of the Rustic tv console table

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I would love to hear your thought on this in comments.

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    1. Hi Tiffany, thank you!
      Please keep in mind that every crate in every country is different. Mines are: 38,5cm wide X 51,5cm height and 32cm deep (about 15.15 In X 20.6 In X 12.59 In) and the board is 1 inch thick. Your measurements should be based on your own crates and of course, the available space, even the length of your console table. For example, I knew I had at that time a limited space so I got my boards cut to 120cm (almost 50 inches) then I placed my crates on each end of the board, and then lastly I measured the space between crates to get the shelf.

      Hope this helps!

  1. This is great! I’m struggling to pick what size crate to use. What’s the width dimension for the top board?

    1. Hey Jason,
      Thanks for reaching out! My TV console is really small. it’s a little over 40 inches. But the best way to do this is selecting the crates first. Just choose the ones you love. Then decide how much space you want in between the 2 crates for the console. Sum both crate’s width + the space in between and add about an inch and that’s your top board size. The bottom one can be the same or just without the extra inch.
      Hope this helps!

    1. My TV Console size could fit up to a 50″ but since you can build it at any size it will depend on what size you want your TV to be.
      Hope this helps!

    1. Hi Alysha,
      Thank you so much, you made my day! Yes I tried with normal liquid sealer in my test run and it dragged the dry bush effect and it lost the original look so I tried with the spray one and voila… worked like a charm!
      Have a great day!

    1. Thank you so much, Betty!!!
      I love DIY. I can make them just like I want things to be. Sometimes is so hard to find exactly what I want!

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