Easy Entryway Table

February was a hard month.  First, I had strep.  Then, someone crashed into Aaron on the freeway and totaled his car.  Our water heater broke, and we had to get a new one.  Then Evelyn came down with a nasty cold that had her in the hospital one night.  We’re all fine now, just trying to catch up on life.

I’m happy it’s March.  In like a lambion, for us.  Half rain, half sunshine.  I’ll take it.

We really needed an entryway table like JLaw needs to stop trippin.  I mean, it was adorable to just throw my keys and purse on the floor every time I walk in the door, but…  no.

I whipped this up in an afternoon with some stuff I had hanging around in the garage.  The messy messy messy garage.

For the top, I wanted to use the top of a trunk.  I have a few trunks sitting in the garage from when we cleaned out Aaron’s grandma’s garage; the very best kind of hand-me-downs!

Easy DIY Entry Table

I had some extra 4X4′s in the garage from Jumbo Jenga.  I decided to use those chunky babies for legs.  I used my miter saw to cut them all at 36″

Easy DIY Entry Table

The legs got a nice wash in stain.  I used Minwax Polystain in espresso.  It’s the same shade I stained the banister.

Easy DIY Entry Table

After the stain was dry, I used spax screws to secure the legs to the top.  And Evelyn slept the whole time (note the sleeping baby in the swing).

Easy DIY Entry Table

I probably should add cross pieces for support.  But honestly, it’s pretty sturdy as is.  So we’ll see :)

Easy DIY Entry Table

I decided to hang the mirror up while I was at it.  I wish I could have hung it a few inches lower, but due to the light switch placement, this was the lowest it could be hung.

Easy DIY Entry Table

Easy DIY Entry Table

Easy DIY Entry Table

And there you have it.  The easiest entry table that ever lived.

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  • http://relativelyrealistic.blogspot.com/ Bethany Kline

    I love it! You’re so dang creative!! I looks awesome!

    • Kenz

      Thank you my friend! It’s a fun piece of furniture to have now :)

  • Rita@thissortaoldlife

    I, too, am glad to bid February goodbye! Your table looks great. I am impressed that you can get anything done with a new baby, especially something so creative.

    • Kenz

      Thanks Rita! I was going to some postpartum counseling, and the therapist told me it was important to keep creating, and to make time for it. It has been really important for me, because when I get all caught up in the mom-duties and forget to have a little ‘me’ time, the depression creeps right back in.

  • Julia @cuckoo4design

    It’s the perfect size and look for the space!

    • Kenz

      Thanks Julia! I’m really happy with the way it turned out :)

  • TracieOB

    Super cute – very clever!

    • Kenz

      Thank you!

  • Cassie Bustamante

    such a clever idea! i am glad you are all ok- oh man! what a month!

    • Kenz

      Thanks Cassie! It was refreshing to have time to create something after the junkfest.

  • Katja @ Shift Ctrl ART

    Oh my goodness that was a lot to have happen in one month. I am happy that everyone is ok and that you go through February. That entry table is exciting and I can’t believe you had time to whip that out on top of everything else. Love it!!

    • Kenz

      It was such an easy project! The longest part of it was just waiting for the stain to dry. I appreciate long naps combined with easy projects. Aw, the things I used to take for granted.

  • Stephanie, Sandpaper and Glue

    what a great idea!! did you screw from the top down into the legs, or from the side? I’m going to be doing the same thing for an end table, only using an old window frame.

    • Kenz

      Oh that will look awesome with an old window! I screwed from the top. It’s been holding up well!

  • http://www.desertdomicile.com/ Caitlin @ Desert Domicile

    Such a cute entry table! I love the trunk top and the mirror. Good riddance, February! Here’s to a better March! :)

    • Kenz

      Thanks! It was one of those things that before I built it I was like “this could either be amazing, or extremely hideous.” I’m glad it wasn’t hideous :)

  • girlwithgreenbanana

    Oh I love this! I got a new phone Kenziekens so I don’t have your number anymore, so I have to tell you a very sad, public way that I am moving to Warshington state so you and I will have to get together before I go.

    • Kenz

      No more excuses. I must see your beautiful soul before you move. I’ll make it happen. Washington state is lucky to inherit such a wonderful person.

  • Caitlin

    I love this!! The mirror goes with it really well, too!

    • Kenz

      Thanks Caitlin! That mirror was a handmedown from Aaron’s grandma as well.

  • http://newlywoodwards.com/ Kim@NewlyWoodwards

    This looks so awesome! Seriously, “I just whipped it up,” she says. Ha! Crazy talk!

    You know what I whipped up during Henry’s nap time? A numb behind from sitting on the sofa. ;)

    My hero, you are. And now, my friend, I’m pinning this from the hilltops.

    • Kenz

      Ah, thanks for the pins. I can’t wait to have a numb bum during nap times. I feel like I’m SO behind on life that I have to take every second of her peaceful slumber to catch up.

  • http://www.decorandthedog.net/ Michelle {decorandthedog}

    This is awesome! Very clever. Glad life is less annoying this week. I was thinking about you the other day and just assumed we lost you to babydom. But it appears you are safe..this time.

    • Kenz

      Look for the ‘send help’ messages next time. I may need rescuing.

  • Tara @ Surburble

    Love this! You’re so clever, Kenz!

    And a big “ugh” to February. How much stress can be packed into such a short month!?!? I’m glad that things are better and that Evelyn is better. You’re amazing for starting DIY projects with a wee babe still hanging out in her little swing. I was asking for high-fives every time I unloaded the dishwasher.

    I’m not kidding. I thought that doing the laundry was the equivalent to getting a gold medal in long jump.

    • Kenz

      To be 100% honest, I really only completed this because we were having a large number of people over the following weekend. Most days I accomplish nothing, and I demand high fives when Aaron comes home and I’m actually wearing real clothes vs pajamas. Taking care of business with a baby is tough! I’m just happy jammies are acceptable attire at Walmart.

  • kelly @ view along the way

    What! You are crazy. You can’t just whip up entry tables while your kid peacefully sleeps in the background. That’s just now how this works. It looks SUPER cool. I love it. Glad to hear things are turning around for you guys! February sounded *rough.*

    • Kenz

      After the month we had, I was grateful to have a moment of peaceful building, haha! It doesn’t come often, so when it does, consider the moment seized

  • Ashley

    Nice!! What a cool idea. Sorry February was so rough–hope March is so much better!

    • Kenz

      Thanks Ashley! I’ve always enjoyed March. It’s the month of luck! :)

  • Amber @ Wills Casa

    Ugh sorry it’s been rough! March means springs and all good things right? Super creative entry table friend! I’m going to steal that mirror. Just sayin’ you might not want to invite me over.

    • Kenz

      March has indeed been much more kind to us. Isn’t that mirror money? Aaron’s grandma was de-junking and gave it to us. It’s SO heavy. That thing is solid. I’m pretty grateful for giving G-ma’s.

  • JaneEllen

    Well at least now I know what I could do with a random trunk lid. I love look of that table, love something different. You are way too clever, lucky having your baby sleep thru your whole project.
    And you are one lucky gal getting that incredible mirror. Oh how i hanker for that mirror, love the old styles, maybe that’s cause I’m kinda old. (is almost 74 old?)
    I’m still catching up on emails I missed out on while my stupid computer was laid up for two months. (we won’t talk about how much to get it fixed,still have one payment left.) Luckily we have a very nice lady that comes to our house and lets us make payments to her for her genius.
    Really sorry to hear about all your mishaps in February. When it rains it pours it seems. Happy weekend

    • Kenz

      Aw, 74 years young :) I’ve got an old soul. I love antiques. My parents used to take me antique shopping and looking with them all the time when I was little. I was really glad Aaron’s grandmas donated that mirror to us! I’ve always wanted something big and heavy, but never would have been able to afford it. Sorry to hear about your computer! I know how hard that can be. I’m glad you’ve got it back now. Take care!