My name is Lisa and I'm a crafty girl with wanderlust working as an engineer by day. My blog chronicles projects in my home as well as pictures and stories from my travels.




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Turning a Chest into a Console Table

I love the little tansu chest that I bought for my apartment while I was living in Japan, but at only 14" high it has been hard to incorporate into my home in the U.S. without it looking like a piece of doll furniture.

To solve my problem I decided to try to turn it into a console table. I wasn't able to find wood with the fine grain to match the chest for legs so I decided to match the black metal pulls instead.

While I was trying to figure out what to do I remembered seeing a DIY Industrial Cart on Ana White's site that used pipes between the shelves which inspired me to use pipes for the legs. 

I chose to use 3/4" black pipe which I thought would be sturdy enough to support my light chest. To start I threaded two tees onto each end of a 10" nipple. On the bottom of each tee I threaded a 3" nipple followed by an end cap. On the top of each tee I threaded an 18" pipe topped by a flange. I repeated the same process for the second set of legs.

Once I had the legs assembled I gave them a coat of tinted primer followed by two coats of matte black spray paint. After they were thoroughly dried I flipped my chest upside down and lined up the legs where I wanted them to be on the bottom of the chest. I marked where the flange holes would be and then pre-drilled holes for my screws. I then put the legs back on the chest and screwed them on to complete the transformation into a console table.

Comparing how short and out of place the tansu chest looked before, to how it has now become a piece of featured furniture in my guest room makes me really happy. I think elevating the chest has made a world of difference. The legs are quite sturdy and as an added bonus with the chest raised up I now have easy access to the outlet on the wall which was previously hidden.

After the console table was done I had a bit of fun decorating. I picked up the Sevilla, Venezia and Paris prints and poster during my travels and framed them in Ikea Ribba Frames. I have had the tin globe for several years and actually used for the photo in my banner. The tiny red torii gate is a souvenir that I bought while visiting Miyajima in Japan. I finished my display off by arranging a bouquet of carnations in a little blue pot. 

With this transformation I have one little corner of my guest room feeling cozy and welcoming. Now I need to get on doing something about the ugly bi-fold doors on the closet and making a headboard.

Reader Comments (5)

Beautiful results and wow to your creative thinking for the legs ............... that shot of red from the print really adds drama to the blue wall (which I agree is a better shade of blue). Mini carnations are one of my favourite indoor flowers, adds that delicate balance. Oh yes trying my hand at spray painting pots for the patio, one way to get the blend of colours I want.

April 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMary-Lou

What a wonderful improvement! Nicely done!

April 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

Mary-Lou- Thank you! Good luck with the spray painting!

Sandy- Thank you so much!

May 1, 2012 | Registered CommenterLisa

You are genius! I would like to copy this idea if I may? It is just the look I have been wanting for a piece I have been working on! Thanks so much, I have enjoyed looking through your projects....still have more to go!

October 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMindi

Mindi- Thank you so much! Of course you can use the idea! That is why I share things on my blog. All that I ask is that if you blog about it yourself, please provide a link back to my blog.

October 31, 2012 | Registered CommenterLisa

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