Foyer / Entryway Built-In Table

Foyer / Entryway Table

Ever since we have moved into our old farmhouse I have struggled with how to organize and decorate our entryway.  I have had 5 different pieces of furniture (no joke) in our foyer in the last 2 years, that’s a lot of moving furniture:).  Jason doesn’t love my furniture arranging exercises as much as I do.  He would like to know where he can put his keys when he comes home from work.  Below is the red desk I had in here last fall.  Although it looked great it was a tight squeeze into the bathroom and we couldn’t open the coat closet all the way either.  The red desk is in Ryan’s room now.

Fall Home Tour

This is what our foyer looked like a few weeks ago with my black secretary I had bought for our 1st house.  Although I love the look of it in the foyer I couldn’t open the drawers all the way.  I store craft supplies in here too and it isn’t the most convenient place to store glue and glitter:).  The kids like to make art projects regularly and in secret and I am all for encouraging their artsy side but like to supervise the process in a controlled and easy to clean up area:).  It also blocked a heating and air conditioning vent which is usually not a good idea when you live in a very old drafty house!  The secretary is currently in our kitchen but I have a feeling we might be moving it again…. Shhh, don’t tell Jason:).

Summer Home Tour - 2015

Part of the reason I have spent so much time arranging, organizing, and decorating our foyer/ entryway is because it’s the first room anyone sees (us included ) when they walk into our house.  It’s that first impression much like curb appeal that is important.  I want our entryway to feel clean and welcoming when walking in and having it cluttered with the wrong furniture didn’t help. We had recently figured out solutions for our shoes (DIY closet shoe cubby) and our coats and bags (old door turned coat rack) but we still needed something for our keys and mail.  I also wanted a pretty spot to decorate seasonally.

Here’s one more look of the before….just one blank wall.

Entryway/ Foyer Built in Table

Jason went to Lowe’s and bought the wood to make it.  We used all select (stain grade) pine wood because we wanted a smooth surface to paint.   We started by adding 1x4s to the wall to give it a board and batten look.  He used his finish nailer to attach the boards to the wall studs.

Entryway/ Foyer Built in Table

Jason had purchased 16″ wide pine edge glued panels to create the legs and top.  We used landscape fabric to create a template for the curved legs.  We just kept cutting until we liked the shape of the curve.  Once we were happy with the shape we traced the outline with a pencil and cut them out using a jigsaw.  We gave the curves of the legs a good sanding to knock down any ridges and rough spots.  Initially Jason just attached these to the vertical boards running on either side with finish nails.

Entryway/ Foyer Built in Table

Next we added the top to the legs.  We cut the top to be 1″ wider on either side and 1″ deeper than the legs and attached it with some finish nails.  To really secure the table to the wall Jason used a horizontal board that butted up to the top of the table and screwed this to the vertical studs in the wall.  Once that board was secure Jason was able to screw up into that board through the bottom of the table so you wouldn’t see the screws.  The kids could now hang on the table and it wouldn’t budge :).

Entryway/ Foyer Built in Table

To trim out the table top we added a 1 x 1.5 underneath the top and around the legs.  We faced the table with a nice poplar 3/4″ cap molding and added a base shoe molding upside down underneath the cap molding.  Here’s some closeups of the molding we used.  The first is the molding for inside the board and batten wainscoting, the second is what we used for the face of the table, and the third is the shoe molding we put on top of the 1 x 1.5 butting up against the cap.

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All of the wood used was bought at our local Lowe’s.  It cost us a little less than $100 for the supplies.  We did already have the paint and some of the trim used on the table.

Overall the table is 46″ tall and 30.5″ wide at the widest spot (molding included) and 13.5″ deep (including molding).  The legs are 37″ tall not counting the 5.5″ base molding and 12″ deep at the top.  We also added a small shelf under the table top for my mail basket.  That shelf is 4.5″ tall and 12″ wide.

We used 3/8″ bead molding for inside the board and batten wall (this molding was only $2 each for an 8 ft section) and we also added small crown molding to trim out the top of the shelf to give it a more finished look.

Jason added the rest of the trim to the board and batten wall and added a shelf for my mail basket and I got to painting!

Built in Entryway Table

Built in Entryway Table

And here is our finished entryway built-in table below:).

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Foyer / Entryway Table

I love the simplicity of it.  Just big enough for what we need, a basket for keys (for Jason) and a basket for mail and a little space left over to decorate:).  We also have plenty of room for my Longaberger umbrella basket.

Entryway/ Foyer Built in TableThe quoted verse is from an etsy shop called Chalk full of love.

Foyer / Entryway Built in TableI also added our collection of rain/gardening or in Tucker’s case “everyday” boots by the door.  I can’t decide if I like our entryway with them out or in our shoe cubby.

Foyer Entryway Table

What do you guys think, with or without boots?

Entryway/ Foyer Built in Table

DIY Foyer/ Entrway Table

You know what Jason’s favorite part of this DIY project is…. I can’t move this piece of furniture. Ha, that must be why he likes built ins so much because I can’t move them.  He also has a perfect place to put his keys:).   I still have a few things I would love to change in our foyer like a beefier newel post and a dutch door but those things will definitely have to wait.  I will be back next week to share our fall home tour:).  Thanks so much for stopping by,

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    1. Terry, thank you so much for the invite and your sweet comments about our entryway table. I will be by to check out your party right now:). Take care, Tara

    1. Hi Chelsea, thank you so much for commenting on our entryway table and for the invite I will definitely be over link up to your party:). Have a great week, take care, Tara

  1. Your space looks great and the boots are adorable. I can totally relate to your struggle with finding the right piece of furniture. I figure the days I spend moving furniture around that it counts as my workout for the day. 😉

    1. I think we need to start a whole exercise program around moving furniture Suzy:). Thanks so much for taking the time to check out our entryway table. Have a great week, take care, Tara

  2. Can you give me specifics on the size wood, the trype of trim you used, etc. Do you have the dimensions of the built-in too>? I really want to copy your amazing project!

    1. Hi Ray! Thanks so much for the stopping by to see our entryway table! I am working on adding the measurements and more specifics to the post and I will add that information later tonight. If you have any more questions or I don’t answer all your questions please let me know and I would be happy to add them. Take care, Tara

    2. I added the specifics to the post but here they are to make sure you have them:)
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      (all the wood was bought at our local Lowes but you can find all of it at Home Depot or any other lumber store). It cost us a little less than $100 for the supplies. We did already have the paint and some crown molding.

      Overall the table is 46″ tall and 30.5″ wide at the widest spot (molding included) and 13.5″ deep (including molding). The legs are 37″ tall not counting the 5.5″ base molding and 12″ deep at the top. We also added a small shelf under the table top for my mail basket. That shelf is 4.5″ tall and 12″ wide.

      We used all pine wood to make our entryway table. We bought stain grade pine wood panels (although you could use 1 X12s) for the legs and the top and the shelf. We used 3/8″ bead molding for inside the board and batten wall (this molding was only $2 each for an 8 ft section) and we also added small crown molding for the around the top of the shelf to give it a more finished look.
      Thank you so much for your question if you have any more let me know!

    1. Hi CJ thanks so much for stopping by! We screwed the entryway table in to the sides of the board and batten wall boards (the board and batten is screwed into our wall studs). We also added a 1 by board under my mail shelf which is also nailed into our wall studs and attached the table to that. I don’t know what your table looks like but I think if you don’t mind screwing your table to the wall ( in a discreet spot) or screwing a board to your wall studs and then attaching that board your table won’t go anywhere:). Take care, Tara

    1. Michelle, thank you so much for stopping by to see our entryway table and thank you for hosting the Home Matters Party! Have a wonderful rest of your week and take care, Tara

    1. Hi Terry! Thank you so much for hosting your party! I will definitely be back when I have more furniture posts to share:). I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Take care, Tara

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