DIY Wire Console Table (or How I Got Tetanus)

Well, here it is. What we lovingly call the tetanus table round these parts. :) But more on that in a minute.

I really wanted a lightweight-looking console table under my whiteboard calendar, and I wanted to spend about $0 on the whole thing. I think I spent about $15 in the end (though, you can add a couple zeros on the end there as the hospital bills start rolling in! ha!). It ended up being a pretty fast project because I sort of made it up as I went. Don’t you love it when things work out like that? I did have two inspiration photos in mind:

(I’m lacking image sources on both of these. Do you know them?)

I wanted a wire base and I was really feeling the hot pink look after holding up a little square of neon pink duct tape against the new blue wallpaper. Pink and blue are good friends, I think.

So I while I was buying sod a few weeks ago, I pick up one of these sheets of wire fencing for the project. I mean, isn’t this just the *picture* of ominous?

I ended up scraping the underside of my arm pretty bad on the fence later that night as we were unloading the sod. We’re 99% sure this is the tetanus virus entry site, since the symptoms of the virus usually show up about eight days after getting infected and it was on the eighth day I was hospitalized (almost exactly to the hour). Guys, seriously, please keep your boosters and your loved ones’ up to date. It was really foolish of me to not stay up on mine. I looked back in my records and the last TDap booster I had was twelve years ago – just outside of the safe range. The past couple of weeks have not been fun, but at least I didn’t die (grim, but that was a possible reality). There’s some healing left to do (the doctors said I probably would have flu-like symptoms for about six months), but I am getting better every day and that keeps my spirits up. Again, thank you so much for all your well-wishes and support!  

Okay! Back to the good stuff!




So to make this cute table, do yourself a favor and buy fencing that you don’t have to trim much (I used my new Dremel saw – love). And also get fencing that is rust-free. Not only for the above-mentioned issues, but because it is a pain to clean off! I used a wire brush and some steel wool to clean off most of the rust here.

Then I sprayed the fencing with neon pink spray paint. I wish pink photographed better. This stuff is intense in real life! The color is really fun. To get full coverage, you’ll need to do about three thin coats with drying time in between coats. I used two cans for the table.

While the fencing was drying, I built a table top out of a scrap piece of plywood. I cut the scrap into planks, spaced them out a bit and drilled down two pieces of flat trim to act as sort of strapping pieces.

Then I bent the fencing to fit the general shape of the table top. It’s pretty sturdy wire, but you can bend it with some work.

I had these neon zip ties in the basement that worked really well to tie the ends together to hold the oval shape.

You can still mess with the wire frame after tying the ends together. The shape doen’t have to be perfect, just shoot for symmetrical. 

Then I traced out the oval shape, giving the table top just about an inch of a ledge. 

And then I cut the plywood top out with my Dremel saw, sanded it up a little and then gave the whole thing a coat of pink paint.

I don’t have a photo of the underside, but I used another small piece of trim to strap the tabletop to the fencing, so it’s nice and secure on there. Also, the base is surprisingly sturdy, for how airy and light it looks!

It makes for a pretty place to put out business cards and hold my dry erase markers.

I know neon has been trending for a while now, which means it’s probably on it’s way out of style, but I still think it’s fun in small doses. I would have never advised a client to spent a ton of money to buy a console in this color. But a cheapie DIY project that requires just a couple bucks and a few hour’s time? I say go for the neon! Plus, paint is a super easy thing to change if down the road my retinas start to burn from the pink.
  1. stephanie

    genius!! glad you are feeling better!

  2. It looks wonderful. I'm glad you are feeling better. How scary! We have all learned a lesson – Brandy

  3. kstyle

    Wow that is such a story. And LOL everytime someone comments on your gorgeous pink neon table you'll have "the tetnus" story to tell. Just glad it had a a happy ending!
    k

  4. Heidi

    When I had Ben 9 days ago they offered me a vaccination that had tetanus. I was totally thinking of you and gladly took it, nate is going to get one too!

  5. Kirsty

    Wow, that looks like a beautiful room. I love everything about it – the wallpaper, door colour and the table! I really enjoy your work as I think everything you do is a little unexpected but looks amazing.
    I'm glad to hear you're feeling better too…

  6. You inspired me to get a tetanus shot… I got it yesterday. I hope you are feeling much better, and thanks for the tutorial!

  7. winnay

    Such a cool and inexpensive idea! Thanks for sharing. What kind of plant is that on your table?

  8. winnay

    What a cool and inexpensive idea! Thanks for sharing! What kind of plant is that on your table?

  9. So glad you are doing better! I love the table. When you originally posted my guess was a tomato cage for the base (I think that's the Mississippi in me:) ). I may try my hand at this one soon!

  10. You really got tetanus from this project? wow! I'm so glad everything turned out ok. I honestly thought you were joking when you first called it the tetanus table. At least it's cute, right? I hope you start feeling better.

  11. Michelle

    Beautiful table. I hope you're recovering well…I have no idea when my last booster was. I will definitely mention at my next doctor's appt. Thanks

  12. that first image is from lonnymag.com ;) So glad you're on the mend!

  13. What a creativity! I am speechless.
    gorgeous. It looks just like a piece of design.
    laura

  14. Jenny, not only is the console genius which I love but the wallpaper is just as gorgeous, I love how you are always evolving. Keep the inspirations coming!

  15. As much as I love your DIY table I'm mad at him (yes it has to be a him) for making you so sick! How scary, I'm so happy you're starting to feel better! I hope you are feeling 100% sooner then 6 months!!

  16. Kate

    As usual, another amazing project, Jenny. I'm so sorry you had to go through that – I had no idea Tetanus lasts in your system for so long – terrible! Please be well and take care. Just also wanted to say: everytime you have a new post, I get wild with excitement, expecting color and bold prints and DIY fabulousness. You never disappoint! Thank you :)

  17. GLAD you are OK! Yes, this is a real risk with fence paneling like this – I grew up in the countryside, and these are commonly referred to as Bull Panels (strong enough to keep a bull in). Stay well, and so glad there was a happy ending (for both you and the table :)
    -SF

  18. Isil

    Love the table and very happy you are feeling better. Whew!

    I had a question which a reader comment inspired: Do you think it would work to make this table out of a tomato cage? I am looking for a small nightstand type table. Is tomato wire as sturdy as what you used? Also, if we don't have your trusty saw, how could we cut the wire — wire cutters not enough?

    Thanks!

  19. Cindy

    So happy you're better and back!

  20. Well, I certainly don't want to say it was worth it, but that is one damn fine table! I've been wondering about it since the whiteboard post, so thanks for sating my curiosity. Amazing work, as usual!

  21. Jennifer

    So happy you're home and getting better! Your design style is so unique and creative, thanks for sharing!

  22. Tetanus table..hilarious…dangerous and adorable all rolled in one. Glad you are okay!

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