Entryways are hard. It’s the first place in your home anyone sees yet they hardly spend any time there. It’s even worse when the garage door shares this space with the front one. In my home, there is only one place to enter, all the doors leading outside (except the balcony) share a space. So I want it to make a good impression but it also needs to be functional since this is where everyone wants to leave their coats and shoes.
This is also the only place in our house where we can leave our cat’s litter box. None of the bathrooms are big enough and the only other place with a hard floor is the kitchen (ew, no). So I wanted to obviously keep that as out of site as possible. I also wanted to create a little coziness here. The solution was to turn a simple rectangular coffee table (functioning as an entryway table) into a bench!
Here people can take off their shoes more easily, the seating and pillows makes the space feel warmer (it’s the coldest area in the winter) and closing off the sides makes it so the litter box isn’t visible right when you walk in our house, no one should ever have to see that.
Using some left over materials, a thrifted headboard and some inexpensive pieces of wood to get the length I needed, this project only cost around $30 and it only took a few hours of work, most of the time is just waiting for paint and glues to dry. If you happen to find a table and headboard the same length then your project will be a breeze!
• Coffee table
• Twin size headboard (found mine for practically free at ReStore)
• ¼” thick board, enough to cover headboard and sides of your table
• 2” x 10” x 10’ (only if you need to add length to your table)
• 2” and 1” wood screws
• Drill and bits, #8 and 1/8” for pre-drilling
• 3 colors of paint
• Gorilla glue
• ¼” x 1” paneling
1. Because I was using an old table we already had, I had to add quite a bit of length to get it the right size for a twin headboard to fit on top of it. I needed 1.5” on each side. The only way to get this length was to use 2” thick wood which only comes up to 10” wide. I used two pieces on each side. The measurements for the sides of the table were 17.5” x 19”. I had the 2” x 10” cut to 4 pieces at 17.25”.
2. Cut the ¼” wide board to the inner dimensions of your headboard and two pieces the dimensions of the sides of your table (mine were 17.5” x 19”). Then cut 2 pieces of your paneling to 19”.
3. Trace your headboard shape onto the large piece of wood and then use a jigsaw to cut that out.
4. Adhere this piece to your headboard by pre-drilling holes with a 1/8” bit and then screwing 1” screws in.
5. Paint the piece with the headboard. I used a combination of spray paint and craft paint. The spray paint is great for the curves and grooves of the side posts but terrible for a large flat surface so that’s why I used both.
6. Paint your table. I wanted a diagonal color blocked look so I painted most of the right side of the table with my turquoise color. I painted the other side coral and when the turquoise dried, I taped over it and then painted the coral over the tape and removed it.
7. Also paint your sidepieces. Each ¼” thick board will need to be painted on one side and your 2” x 10” pieces will need to be painted on one 10” side and one 2” side (the sides that will face inward and the sides that will face the front and back). The paneling pieces will need to be painted as well.
8. When everything is dry, assemble the table by first pre-drilling and then screwing in 2” screws to attach the 2” x 10”s to your table. Make sure your painted sides face inward.
9. Attach your ¼” board the same way but painted side out. Be sure not to drill in the same spots as you already did with the 2” x 10”s.
10. Now attach the paneling on top by screwing it together as well.
11. Paint all sides and screws that are showing in their respective colors.
12. At this point, I placed the table where it would be going before gluing on the headboard piece because I knew that would be easier to move. Attach it with gorilla glue by following the instructions on the bottle. This piece should stand upright on the table well enough to hold itself in place while the glue sets.
– Machelle (Build Contributor)
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