ENTRYWAY TABLE MADE WITH LOVE
My hubby made me an entryway table - he must know my love language! It turned out beautiful and I can't wait to share all of the details!
When you come into our house, we have a fairly large entryway, but somehow there isn't room for an entryway table between the closet, the front door, sets of stairs, and floor to ceiling windows taking up most of the foot print in that space.
When you go up the stairs into our house, there's a spot right there that I have been saving for an entryway table. However, it is a walkway there so any furniture placed there has to be 12" or less and that became pretty tricky to find! I have been watching for a narrow cabinet or dresser or entryway table that had character, had potential to be refinished if it needed it, and was a reasonable price for years! So my sweet husband built one for me.
We recently refinished our cedar front door and we love it! So we decided to go with cedar again because it has a lot of grain in the wood and takes stains well, but it is still easy to find and quite affordable compared to other higher end furniture-building wood options.
Here's the supply list we needed to make this table:
- 2" x 12" x 8' cedar board
- 2 x 4"x 4" x 8' cedar posts
- wood glue
- pocket-hole screws
- 180 grit sand paper & 220 grit sandpaper for palm sander
- rags to apply stain
- polycrylic sealer
- sponge or paint brush to apply sealer
We kicked things off by putting all of the lumber through the planer until the boards were the correct thickness. We planed the cedar board until it was 1 3/4" thick and then we used a chop saw to cut the board to the correct length of the table, which in this case was 42" long. Next, we planed the board that was going to be the bottom shelf until it was 1" thick. We planed the posts until they were 3 1/4 x 2 1/2".
Next, we got an idea of where the posts would be attached to the board. We used the chop saw, set to 10 degrees to cut the top of the posts and then matched the same cut for the bottom of the posts to give the table that angular look.
We used a pocket-hole jig to pre-drill the holes where the pocket-hole screws would attach the legs to the table top.
The next step was to secure the legs to the table top. We first applied wood glue between the board and the leg posts and then used the pocket-hole screws to attach the two pieces.
We cut a small piece of extra wood to use as a spacer to allow the legs to dry parallel to each other.
Next, we used a jig saw to cut the bottom shelf so it would fit around the legs. To match the angle that the legs were, we adjusted the jigsaw to a 10 degree angle. We attached the bottom shelf by using the same pocket-hole jig and screws that we used to attach the legs to the table top. We clamped the bottom shelf in place so the wood glue could dry.
We made a table skirt for the front of the table and attached it using wood glue. We attached it with clamps and let it dry overnight.
We started sanding, in the same direction as the wood grain using a palm sander and 180-grit sandpaper. We made another pass using 220-grit sandpaper.
This is how the table looked when we were done sanding:
Next, we applied wood conditioner with a sponge brush, moving in the same direction of the wood grain. I let it sit for about 15 minutes and then I wiped off the excess wood conditioner.
This was the look of the table while the wood conditioner was on it. REAL RED.
Next, we applied four coats of stain! And we had to wait 4-6 hours for each coat to dry with this particular stain so it was a bit of a process. I applied the stain with a sponge brush, in the direction of the wood grain. You let the stain sit on the wood for about 15 minutes, lightly wipe off the excess with a white rag and then let dry.
This was the table after the four coats of stain:
Next up was to apply two coats of polycrylic. I applied each coat with a sponge brush, in the direction of the woodgrain. And after the first coat had dried, I lightly sanded the table with 220-grit sandpaper, lightly wiped the table with a damp cloth, and then applied the last coat and let it dry.
Next, the fun part starts and you can take the table inside and start decorating. I shopped our own home for the decor so we will see if anything on it changes once I can wander home decor stores again. haha. I took two photos with slightly different decor in each one in case you're looking for ideas. What do you think?! That all sounds like a lot of work, but it really didn't take up a ton of time - there's just a lot of mini steps! In total, it was about 8 hours between the building, sanding, and finishing work. I love how it turned out! And I am super proud of my hubby for building this for me!