Sharing all the details of how to make a beautiful foyer & entryway built in table with a shelf & gorgeous white board & batten wall to save precious floor space & look AMAZING in a small front farmhouse entrance for less than $100!
Step by Step Instructions & Pictures Included!
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DIY Foyer & Entryway Built In Table
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Ever since we have moved into our old farmhouse I have struggled with how to organize & decorate our farmhouse foyer & 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… the nerve of this man! 🙂
Farmhouse Foyer/ Entryway Before
Here is our foyer looked 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 & it isn’t the most convenient place to store glue & glitter.
It also blocked a heating & air conditioning vent which is usually not a good idea when you live in a very old drafty house!
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 farmhouse.
It’s that first impression much like curb appeal that is important!
I want our entryway to feel clean & welcoming when walking in & having it cluttered with the wrong furniture didn’t help.
I also wanted a pretty spot to decorate seasonally!
Supplies & Tools Needed to Make a DIY Entryway Built In Table & Board & Batten Walls
Overall the entryway built in 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.
- Pine Wood 1 by 4’s
- Finish Nailer & Finish Nails
- 16″ wide pine edge glued panels
- Screwdriver & Screws
- Trim Molding 1 by 1.5″ (pics below)
- 3/4″ cap molding (pics below)
- 3/8″ bead molding
- small crown molding
- Primer & White Paint
Step by Step Instructions for How to Build a DIY Entryway Built In Table
Step ONE – Add 1 by 4’s to a Blank Wall
We started by adding pine wood (stain grade) 1 by 4s to the wall to give it a board & batten look.
He used his finish Pin Nailer to attach the boards to the wall studs.
Step TWO – Create the Curve for the Sides of the Entryway Built in Table
Jason had purchased 16″ wide pine edge glued panels to create the legs & top.
We traced the outline with a pencil on the pine panels & cut them out using a jigsaw.
We gave the curves of the legs a good sanding to knock down any ridges & rough spots.
Initially Jason just attached these to the vertical boards running on either side with finish nails.
Step THREE – Create the Top of the Entryway Built In Table
Next we added the top to the legs.
We cut the top to be 1″ wider on either side & 1″ deeper than the legs & 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 & 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 & it wouldn’t budge!
Step FOUR – Add Molding to the DIY Entryway Built In Table
To trim out the table top we added a 1 x 1.5 trim underneath the top & around the legs.
We faced the table with a nice poplar 3/4″ cap molding & 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 & batten wainscoting, the second is what we used for the face of the table
& the third is the shoe molding we put on top of the 1 x 1.5 butting up against the cap.
It cost us a little less than $100 for the supplies. We did already have the paint & some of the trim used on the table.
We used 3/8″ bead molding for inside the board and batten wall (this molding was only $2 each for an 8 ft section) & 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 & batten wall & added a shelf for my mail basket & I got to painting!
Step FIVE – Prime & Paint the Entryway Built In Table & Board & batten Walls White
Farmhouse Foyer & Entryway Built In Table with Shelf
And here is our finished entryway built in table!
I love the simplicity of our DIY entryway built in table & that it saves so much floor small in our small farmhouse entrance.
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 & our families collection of Hunter wellies AKA Tucker’s “everyday” boots by the door.
What do you guys think, with or without boots?
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 & a dutch door but those things will definitely have to wait.
I hope this inspires you & answers all your questions about how to build a DIY entryway built in table & board & batten walls!
by Tara Lehman
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Since writing this post our entryway/ foyer table I shared a guest post with Remodelaholic where they drew up a FREE building plan of our table!!!