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*Home Depot sponsored this post, but all thoughts are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make PMQ for two possible.
For starters, our entryway at the front is long and relatively narrow. it’s infinitely bigger than the “entrance” we had in our PMQ, but it’s not what I would call “grand.” It is exceptionally functional however, even more so now that we have an entryway console table! We just had to build one to speck to handle a few design details that make buying one in store tricky.
Entryway Console Table DIY
As I mentioned above, we designed this table ourselves. I’ve wanted an MCM inspired piece for this area, but we had issues finding a table with the right depth and height to accommodate the baseboard radiator and the wainscotting / chair rail.
Cut + material List for Entryway Console Table
3x L Brackets to affix the table to the wall
Wood Stain (and a poly top coat, or combo)
Forstner bit set – to make the holes for the dowels.
You can buy all of these items at your local Home Depot, and customize length and width accordingly. These measurements are tailored to our space.
Entryway Console Table Assembly Instructions
When designing the table we wanted to use as much wood as possible to avoid screw holes and pocket holes etc. so we designed assembly around the dowels and wood glue
Because of the table length, for stability and structural strength we used dowels at 3 spots to support the top shelf.
2″ in from each end, and then in the middle, we used the 1″ forstner drill brit to add holes for the dowels.
we added the tape to make sure that we got a consistent dowel depth in each slot. When the tape hits the wood, stop!
Don’t forget to identify the top piece, and the bottom piece, and to drill corresponding holes for the dowels on each. i.e on the underside of the top piece, and on the topside of the bottom piece.
Next, cut your dowels! you’ll need 15 pieces that are 8″ long. Your mitre saw is perfect for this.
You’ll want to pre-drill holes for the L brackets before the two pieces are assembled, since it will be hard to get the drill in the space once assembled.
We added them to the bottom of the top piece so that they won’t be visible once mounted to the wall.
and now, time to assemble! Add a dollop of wood glue into each hole that you pre-drilled, stand the dowels up in the bottom piece, before adding the top piece of pine. Once all the holes and dowels are aligned, use your C clamps to clamp the two pieces together while they dry. You may also want to add some extra weight to the middle dowels.
Make sure you catch any glue drips before they dry, since they won’t take the stain the same way, and will be hard to remove once they’re dry.
24hrs later, once the wood glue is dry, it’s time to sand then stain! Even though the pine is in fabulous shape, a quick and light sand will prep the wood for the stain to perfection.
I used a Varathane gel stain with poly. We needed two coats to get the colour we wanted, and sanded in between to get rid of any bubbles that happen naturally in the process of staining.
Once the stain was dry, we added the tapered legs to the bottom of the table using the anchors that are sold with the legs.
If you don’t have a baseboard radiator you can use 4 legs for the table, but we do, so we went with two and mounted it to the wall to ensure extra stability.
Entryway Console Table
Once the table is completed, it’s time to mount it to the wall! If you’ve got four legs on the table you’re fine, but you may way to mount it just in case.
Look how good this piece is! It’s the perfect depth, perfect length, and such a lovely shade of wood. It fits right in with the rest of the house.
It did take me a minute or two to figure out the styling, but now that we’ve got it, everything is golden.
Here you can see the L brackets we used to secure it to the wall, as well as the dowels we used to hold everything together.
I’ve also got a peek at my custom Mama Moose jacket now that it’s complete.