DIY – Build Your Own Entry Table

Build your own entry table for less than $40

Y’all, I’m so excited to share this build with you!

Last month, at the Haven Conference, I met Adam from Lazy Guy DIY.  If you haven’t checked him and his amazing builds out yet, you need to!  I sent him a message last week about a build I have been wanting to do for a while, but I am HORRIBLE with drawing up plans.

I fell in love with this console/entry table last fall while staying at Margaritaville Beach Resort in Hollywood, FL.  Here is the INSPIRATION photo.


After discussing some of the details, putting our own spin on it… and him talking me out of wanting the table 40 inches tall (typical console/entry tables are 33″) he sketched the plans and I worked on the build over Labor Day weekend!

If you follow me on Instagram and Facebook, you saw some of the teasers… and now,  here is the full build and the final product!

You can download plans from Adam at Lazy Guy DIY, snoop around over there… he won’t mind!

The dimensions of this table are 33″H x 48″W x 15″D

Here’s what you’ll need to buy.

A complete list along with tools can be found here.

  • (1) 2x8x8
  • (1) 2x6x8
  • (1) 1x4x10
  • (2) 2x2x8 You can dig through normal furing strips (at your own risk) which is what I did to keep the price down.  I had to buy an extra board (so 3 total) just to get the pieces needed…or you can opt for the premium cuts that are straight and save your sanity.
  • Rope (optional)  Your choice of thickness, I purchased a 50′ roll from Home Depot for around $8.
  • Screw down D-Ring or Screw in Eye Hook wide enough for rope. Found in the same aisle as the rope.
  • Stain or paint
  • Poly if you are staining

Let’s do it!

The first thing I did was measure and cut my pieces.  I took the plans that Adam made and marked each piece as A, B, C, D… and so on. When you measure and cut boards, ALWAYS use a square.  I use to measure and mark two places on the board and then use a straight edge to make the line and it never failed… I would end up making one measurement a little longer than the other and my board would be uneven.  But with a square, you measure… make a mark and hook your square on and draw your line.  No mistakes!

using a square to mark your cuts

Next you’ll want to make the pocket holes in your boards according to the building plans.  I used my Kreg K5 Pocket-Hole Jig to make these. If you are going to be building ANYTHING, you need one of these.  It makes the building process SOO much easier.  The jig holds the board in place and using a special drill bit that comes with the Kreg, you drill a hole that goes into the board at an angle.

Drilling pocket holes with Kreg Jig

Then you join your two pieces together. In the pics below I had just placed the screws in the holes and was getting ready to screw them down.

kreg holes

Follow the steps in the building plans to get the following.


Here it is upside down as I was installing the two center posts.  Note that I used a scrap piece of 1×4 to make up the difference needed to hold the center supports straight and level.  I nailed that in at an angle with my finishing gun.


And, here it is!

unstained entry table

At this point, my allergies were so bad I had to move this inside to stain.

I first tried gray stain, thinking it would look like driftwood…


It didn’t!  It wan’t terrible, but certainly not the look I was going for.


So I played around with a scrap piece of wood and layered a couple of different colors on top.  I used Minwax Dark Walnut and Driftwood



Good enough!  I stained the entire thing AGAIN.


I used polycrylic in a satin finish and it looks perfect!!


Here it is stained!  I was unsure about leaving it stained, but put it out to my great Facebook followers and it was OVERWHELMING to leave it as is, instead of painting it.

Thank you lovelies!


Once the poly dried, it was time to add a finishing touch to help it look more like my inspiration photo.

Here you pre-drill a hole in the middle of each side… on the underneath part of the table top.  Then hand-screw the O ring that will hold the rope.


To tie the rope, I used two separate pieces.  With the 6 legs I went first from back left, through the O ring, to middle front, to the O ring on the other side and finally to the back right leg. Here is a drawing for visualization.

rope drawing

Then I repeated the steps with the other legs and the second length of rope.  So front left to O ring, to back middle, to O ring, to front right.

For the wrapping and knotting process:

I tied it once, leaving several inches of the end.


Then wrapped the longest part of the rope around the base 2 or 3 times.


Thread the rope through the top loop of the rope and then take it to the O rings and other legs.

Wrap and tuck the ends and you’re done!


Here are more pics… I tried to dress it up in all kinds of different ways!  lol



Build your own console entry table for less than $30 - Easy Build Plans



I’m absolutely loving it!!!  A HUGE thanks to Lazy Guy DIY!  Skip on over to his site and get the full step by step building plans along with materials list… you won’t regret it!

Oh and one last plus???!!!  The lumber cost me $26 and the rope was $8!  So for less than $35, I was able to build this unique entry table!

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  1. Very pretty! I love how the stain turned out and the rope makes it so interesting!

  2. I love the mixture of stains! It adds depth I think! Great Job

  3. Great job! I love the finishes!

  4. What a great job you did. I think it looks better than the original.

  5. I love this table! I cant get over those rope accents! Looks so cool! Sharing and pinning!

  6. I love this table! I have a beach-y vibe going on in my family room and this would be a great way to add that nautical touchvr without being over the top. Visiting from Remodelaholic.

  7. Totally, totally awesome table