Entry Way Skinny Table

How do you enter your house? Up here in our frigid little part of the world it’s through a mudroom via the garage. Which goes directly to the kitchen. And considering the amount of groceries I buy, this is one grateful lady. But every so often we’ll use the front door.

Like this past weekend when we celebrated our son’s third birthday (seriously 3, we just brought him home from the hospital yesterday)! Not only did we use the front door, but so did our guests. And shortly after my husband mentioned how nice it would be to have an area to put keys or other small items a person carries with them.

And what I heard was, honey, please make a skinny entry way table. And make it all pretty and such.


The problem is our entry way is small and just kind of flows into the rest of the open floor plan. Not much definition. And certainly not many options for decorating the space.


See what I mean?

But there was just enough space to make this ridiculously easy skinny table. Which is just big enough to decorate or throw your keys on.

If you have 4 pieces of lumber, some paint and stain, then you’re all set.


I used pieces of scrap pine, but you could use whatever you have on hand.

For the top, I cut a 2×6″ board to 24″. For the sides I cut two 2×6″ boards to 32″ and for the bottom, I cut a 1×4″ board to 20″. (You’ll have a little over hang on the top)

I started by attaching the bottom board to the sides using my kreg jig K4, making sure to always check for square. I can’t say enough how much I love my kreg jig! If you don’t yet have one (and you should!) it can easily be found at your local home improvement store. Or if you’re like me and hate running errands…here:

See those pretty pocket holes the kreg jig makes?!


To attach the top, I used 2 1/4″ wood screws and drilled into the sides from the top. Simply because had I used the kreg jig, the pocket holes would’ve been visible and let’s face it, sometimes I’m just too flippin’ impatient tired to patch pocket holes.


(I used wood filler to cover the screws)

An hour later and the skinny table was made! I gave it a sanding, painted the bottom white and stained the top with Minwax Jacobean. To protect it, I applied a layer of polycrylic polyurethane, and by the next morning it was in use!

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I made it look all pretty and gave the ampersand a spring-like feel with a fresh coat of paint!


Sometimes keeping it simple is the easiest (and quickest) way to update a space!



About Amanda

I’m a Minnesota mama of three, wife of one, and human to our 4 legged canine friends Charlie and Jack. I’m a lover of all things DIY, coffee with cream, summer nights at the lake and good craft beer.


  1. Pinned! Thanks for the tutorial!
    Marie @ Family and the Lake House recently posted…Five on FridayMy Profile

    • Hi Marie! Thanks and you’re welcome! I could’ve just said, slap a couple boards together and call it done (it’s that easy) but I thought a few more words would be nice 😉

  2. Looks awesome! Simple but elegant.
    Lory xo
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  3. Aww, that is seriously the cutest little table! I am looking for an entry table, too. But I need a BIG one! I think building it is maybe the way to go, thanks for the idea :) Add it to the list!
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  4. Amanda…we are so thrilled to see another amazing project from you! We can think of so many uses and spaces that your skinny table would be a perfect fit! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Something To Talk About Link Party!
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  5. I love Entry Way Tables but sometimes it is so hard to find the exact size you need! I love that you constructed your own gorgeous table. It looks amazing. I love the stain you chose and the decor to sit on top of this fun table. Thanks for sharing! PINNED!
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  6. This is perfect! I can see so many place this would work brilliantly!
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  7. Just came across your link over at sugarbeecrafts. This is beautiful. Genius idea.
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  8. What a super clever idea! I never would have thought to build a little narrow table. It looks great!
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  9. SO cute! It looks like it just totally belongs here. :) Love how skinny it is, it hardly takes up any space at all! Great job! :)
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  10. That’s too cute. I was looking at the before picture thinking where is she going to put a table?? Quick & cute! Kudos!

  11. That’a great solution! We have no entry at our appartment, but something like this would look great. Such a small piece, yet it makes a huge difference! I am visiting from nifty thrifty party.
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  12. What a nifty little shelf! Great work, girl!

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  13. I love this! Don’t we all have a corner somewhere in the house where nothing fits? This is just perfect for that. I also love the stained top and white combo.
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  14. Popping over from Pin Worthy Wednesday =) That is too cute! I want a table by my front door (that is also rarely used). A skinny table might be in y future! Be sure to share your recipes, crafts, upcycles & DIYs at Two Uses Tuesday (Mon 11pm EST to Fri 11pm EST, link up 17 is a month long!) over at Sarah Celebrates if you don’t already!
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  15. That is just the table that little spot needed! Great tutorial and thanks so much for sharing on Show Me Saturday!
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  16. Love this little guy! And the styling is beautiful :)
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  17. So cute and really clever! Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday!
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  18. Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com says:

    Such a perfect little table! Love the two toned look! Would be thrilled if you shared any of your posts with us again on Thurs. please :) Have a great week, Amanda! :)

  19. I love this cute little table idea! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Totally Terrific Tuesday! I hope we see you again this week. Party starts tonight at 10pm!
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  20. What a great solution and stylish table. I will be featuring this tonight at my Winter Blues Wednesday party. Please stop by and pick up an I’ve Been Featured button. Thanks. http://diybydesign.blogspot.com
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  21. That was easily the simplest tutorial a entry way table! It’s looks so perfect by the steps and you styled it perfectly! I’m definitely saving this for an awkward space in my home as well! Thank you for sharing :)
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  22. Fabulous project…featuring you tomorrow on WIW. Hope to see you back:-)

  23. Very smart small-space solution! Thanks for linking up at Creative Spark. Hope you’ll join us again today :)
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  24. Quick and easy are two of my favorite words to hear! It turned out so cute and it’s the perfect addition to your entryway! Thank you for sharing this at the Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop–I’ll be featuring this post (and another one of yours) at our next hop on Sunday!
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  25. Very creative idea for a small space. Great tutorial. Those pocket joints are wonderful. Please come share your blog posts over at the Home Matters Linky Party! We’d love to have you for a visit. The Door is OPEN. http://lifewithlorelai.com/2015/03/05/home-matters-linky-party-27/ :)

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  26. Finally! I’ve been looking all over for a post like this. I’m going to wrap the legs in sisal and put at the end of my couch. Hopefully, my cats will choose the table legs over the couch. Thank you!

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