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!
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!