Building an Entry Hall Table

We had a bench in our entry hall for nearly a decade. My husband made it out of a king-sized headboard and foot board. But when we started making furniture I asked him to make a table to fit in this space.
I had stenciled a damask pattern in this room but when I redecorated I painted the room Sherwin Williams Interesting Aqua.
We took our old bench apart and are using the headboard and foot board in our basement guest room.

We got these plans from This is the same style as the sofa table we made but we made it the exact size we wanted for this space. (For those of you that were disappointed that our sofa table was behind the couch, this is the first thing you see when you walk in our house!) :D
My husband first built the frame. He used a Kreg jig to put the parts together.
He then added the bottom shelf.
...turned the table upside down and added the top.
The finished unstained table
I sanded the table until all the wood was smooth, rounding the corners and edges, to make it look aged.

I used a pre-stain conditioner on the wood first. It makes the stain go on more evenly. The directions are on the can. I then applied the stain with a brush, rubbing the excess off with a rag. You'll definitely want to wear rubber gloves while doing this step.
After letting the table dry for 24 hours and lightly re-sanding it, I used a finishing paste on the top of the table. This color is Minwax's Gel Stain in Aged Oak.
We used 'white wood' to make this table - the most inexpensive wood Lowe's had. It's very hard and we throw keys and packages on this table and it's never left a dent.
This is a large entry hall with 9' ceilings and it would have been hard to find a table large enough to look appropriate here, but with a little effort and $80 worth of wood, we have a table that looks like you spent a lot more!
Lynda @ Gates Of Crystal
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  • Marie Marie on Nov 06, 2018

    Absolutely love this table and I’m wanting to make one for my foyer. Do you have plans or a supply list? Any info is greatly appreciated. Thanks

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