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Half Table Console




Unless you want to do a lot of sawing, the likely candidate for this project will have an extending mechanism to accommodate a leaf. (Hint: Any damage or wear -- a missing corner block, a major crack -- drastically reduces table prices at flea markets.)



  1. Step 1


    Simply unscrew the extension mechanism from the bottom of the table, sand the table, then prime and paint it.

  2. Step 2

    Nail or screw a 2-by-2-inch piece of wood to the wall at the height of the tabletop, so that the edge of the table rests on the wood support.

  3. Step 3

    For extra stability, screw through the top of the table to the wood support; fill the holes with wood filler, and paint over them.

  4. Step 4

    At last, you'll have a place for your keys.

Martha Stewart Living, March 2000



Reviews (16)

  • dets 22 Jan, 2009

    I've seen this similar table set up using three legs - two at the back and one at the front. It works best on round tables and a tri-pod is very stable. You also do not have to repair the wall and it can be moved to a different spot if need be later. You would have to remove and reattach the legs if possible depending on the table design.

  • dets 22 Jan, 2009

    If you use a longer screw and screw from the bottom up into the table you don't have a [filtered word] in the top to fill. make sure the screw is shorter than the thickness of the 2x2 plus the table top or you will go through the top.

  • DearHart 21 Jan, 2009

    I thought of this first! Many years ago we inheirited a dining table that lost all its hardware in a move. The wood was beautiful and perfect. It was my Grandma's and I couldn't part with it. We attached half of it to the wall in the bedroom - my husband used a cleat - and - with protective glass top - I used it for a makeup table. Now it is tucked into a little spot beside the front door to catch mail, keys, etc. If you have kids or dogs, this is a GOOD thing: they can't knock it over!

  • usetobearedhead 21 Jan, 2009

    I did this with a coffee table that was taking up room by the couch. I cut the table in half length wise, used the two extra legs to make the table taller and attached it to the wall under the chair rail. I added an old window and old shutters above and it now makes a great visual point in the room. My daughters thought I was making a mistake. Guess not! if Martha says "it's a good thing", it's a good thing! Try it, you will love the outcome.

  • wolf10 21 Jan, 2009

    This is brilliant! I see these at thrift stores all the time and will pick one up next time. Great recycling and it looks professional!

  • JudyPatoodie 21 Jan, 2009

    A commercial-grade hook and loop product is an idea, however, not sturdy enough. The cleat, when painted the same as the wall, is not visible. If you'll notice, this table has a skirt on it, allowing obscurity. This table could be used as a writing table and it needs more stable support. Since it's a "throw-away" table in the minds of some people, drilling through the top will not diminish its value as the broken leg pretty much took care of that.

  • gekkolisa 21 Jan, 2009

    Nice idea but I tend to agree with SpeshalKay. Maybe it's the color its painted, and once you take it away, you've got a whole entire wall to repair and repaint.

  • redquiltermom 21 Jan, 2009


  • redquiltermom 21 Jan, 2009

    (cont'd) place the Velcro on the cleat

  • redquiltermom 21 Jan, 2009

    having trouble with comments!!

  • redquiltermom 21 Jan, 2009


  • JudyPatoodie 21 Jan, 2009

    Actually, this works. The wood support on the wall is called a cleat. Althugh I don't see where this table is an organizing tip, I guess having a place to lay your keys would be construed as organizing your keys.

  • redquiltermom 21 Jan, 2009

    In my opinion, a better way to stabilize the table would be to attach some commercial-grade or heavy-duty Velcro to the 2x4 support

  • downtownsuperstar 21 Jan, 2009

    nice idea, but how is this an "organizing tip"...?

  • SpeshalKay 21 Jan, 2009

    I think I would remove the third usable leg and attach it to the middle of the straight edge. Even if it's secure (at the cost of a wall) the table looks kind of funny and unstable with only two legs.

  • dembidj 29 May, 2008

    What a great idea! Console tables can be very pricey. This is a great frugal _and_ beautiful idea.