Wednesday, February 15, 2017

DIY Entry Console

diy entry console

Hello friends.  Today I'm sharing a new build for our mudroom with the help of my friend Ana White.  Sure she has a newborn baby boy just 4 weeks old at home but that didn't stop her from making build plans for this beautiful console.

diy entry console
This console has it all: drawers, open shelving, baskets and bins.
And yes you can build this thanks to Ana's plans here but first check out my building tips and informaiton below before beginning your piece.

Personally I want concealed storage that's easily accessible for my 3 kids but still neat looking and segregated, so each child has their own designated basket and bin.

entry console with buckets and baskets

Three kids means three baskets, one for each.

The baskets are from Michaels and I purchased them BEFORE I built the console - an absolute must if you want to make the most of your custom build!

galvanized buckets in mudroom console

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Each child also has a galvanized metal bucket for gloves, hats and smaller items.
My 3 kids often refer to 'birth order' so I numbered the buckets, click here to see the full tutorial on how to make the numbered wood tags.

Bucket #4 is for Mom & Dad :)

diy mudroom console drawers

And there's also 3 drawers!
Ana designed these drawers to use a center mount drawer glide, it's hidden under the drawer so you don't see any clunky hardware and I guarantee it's a cinch to install!

diy mudroom console drawers

For the hardware I used D. Lawless solid brass classic knobs.
The knobs are weighty and I love the warmth of the brass against the shiny steel buckets.

diy mudroom console drawers

A quick before and after of the space:

mudroom entry before and after

We moved into our new old home 8 months ago and at the time placed the 3 cube bench (officially my 2nd Ana White build ever!) at the back door.

Yes it works great and has storage but I needed more.
Something bigger and taller.
So I'm replacing my 2nd ever Ana White build done in 2010 with my too-many-to-count new Ana White piece.

diy mudroom console for entry

I added the basket dividers to provide support for the shelf (although not necessary) and to the keep the baskets in their proper spots:

diy mudroom console for entry

The backing is beadboard (because that's what I had on hand), you can barely see it behind the buckets:

beadboard on entry console

The finish is Annie Sloan chalk paint in Old Ochre with clear wax:

diy entry console counterspace

This build was inspired by the Pottery Barn Samantha console:

pottery barn samantha console

The inspiration version is 30" high but I asked Ana to make the plans for a 36" counter height console to get the most bang for our buck in the space we had.

Of course you can diy this console for much less than the retail price and finish it to your liking thanks to Ana's plans here.

Supplies cost:

Lumber $130
(3) baskets $36

Total $243

How to build an entry console:

1. Cut your lumber according to Ana's plans.
I used my Kreg rip cut on the plywood:

Kreg rip cut with circular saw

2. Drill your pocket holes using a Kreg jig:
This tool is invaluable and really worth every penny if you plan to build your own furniture.

kreg pocket hole jig on plywood

3. Follow Ana's plans and construct the carcass.
I used a 1x4 on the back for support and to have enough space to attach the drawer glide back support piece later:

diy entry console building process

4. Build the face frame for the drawers:

drawer face frame
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5. Attach the face frame, consider adding glue and 2" finish nails up through the middle of the face frame into the plywood top then clamp for a tight seam:

drawer face frame onto carcass

5. Attach the side footers, I countersunk screws from the back into the sides:

entry console footer

6. To cut out curve of front footer I used a roll of tape as a guide:

entry console footer cut out

7. I forgot to predrill the pocket holes on the underside of the bottom shelf for attaching the front footer.
No problem!  I used my Kreg portable base and clamp to make the pocket holes on the carcass:

portable pocket hole jig with clamp

8. Attach a 1x2 to the interior of the drawer face frame, flush to the bottom opening.
This is necessary for installing the drawer glides.

entry console drawer support

 9. Build the drawers.
Again make all the pocket holes with your Kreg jig:

pocket holes to build drawer boxes

It comes with a drawer member, cabinet member and cabinet back support piece:

undermount drawer glides

11. Install the drawer member onto the drawer bottom at center and flush to the front edge:

drawer glide onto drawer base

12. Determine the middle of the drawer position, mark the 1x4 at back and install the cabinet back support at the correct height:

installing drawer glides

13. Attach the cabinet member glide support piece to the back support and install at front on the 1x2:

installing drawer glides

14. Now insert drawer box onto the glide:

installing drawer using center mount glides

Your drawer needs to be flush and even across the front.
You can adjust the cabinet member slightly for a perfect fit.

installing drawer using center mount glides

15. Position the drawer face with an even 1/8" all around, mark corners on interior with pencil then remove the entire drawer to attach the face with glue and countersunk screws from the interior:

drawer face onto drawer box

16. Shelves.
I choose one fixed shelf with 2 dividers.
Prepurchase your baskets and determine the height of the shelf.
Height of shelf - 3/4" = height of divider.  The divider width is equal to your shelf width. 

entry console build complete

Position the dividers equidistant, attach from underside (predrill, glue and countersink 2" wood screws) then secure the shelf and finally use finish nails down through the shelf into the dividers for stability.

entry console painted

Lastly add the 1x2 face frame pieces.
The measurement should be height of shelf - 1 1/2" = vertical face frame
Glue and finish nail into position.

 17. Now add the backing material:

entry console painted without backing

It's best to keep the backing off if possible until the very end, it makes painting and finish work much easier.

entry console beadboard backing

Thank you Ana, you always come through for the diy builder.


Disclaimer:  I was provided product and / or compensation from D.Lawless Hardware for this project post.  All thoughts, opinions and creative ideas are my own.


  1. This is a beautiful piece, Jaime! Love it.

  2. I agree it looks just beautiful!! I haven't seen many people use AS chalk paint on new wood pieces like yours. What did you think? Did you prime the wood first?

  3. that is amazing! it is such a perfect entry piece!

  4. Wow Jamie! That is gorgeous!!!

  5. I was surprised to see you went with Annie Sloan! I'm familiar with your many pieces but haven't always read what you used to finish them, but this is the first time I remember seeing reference to ASCP on your blog. I just bought my very first quart yesterday and both waxes and brush, so I'm hoping for amazing things. For a quart that costs that much, it requires me to choose colors very carefully! So I was just curious, was this one coat or two over the raw wood? I presume you skipped the primer? Curious about your feelings using ASCP and latex. I'm a milk paint fan too.

  6. Yea, I am sure you got to step 7 (realizing you had forgot to pre-drill on the bottom) and originally thought "no problem" My thought would have been, "SERIOUSLY"
    ?!! I hate it when I do that!

    This is an amazing piece good job.

  7. Hi Jamie...... Haven't commented in a long time but felt I had to when I followed this post from the knock-off decor site!! This is fabulous!!!! It looks to be straight off the pages of a Pottery Barn or Restoration Hdwe. catalog, just brilliant.
    The tutorial, as usual, is extremely easy to follow and presents the info in an easy to follow, useable format. You're so good at this! I've bookmarked this project and although I might not use it as an entryway piece I do want to make use of it as a media cabinet for our guest room at the beach cottage.
    Thank you so much for sharing this, you and Anna have come up with some awesome plans recently!
    I'll be sure to send photos when I get it built but it may be a while, I'm working on replacing all the cabinet doors in my kitchen right now. Sooo many doors, never thought I had enough cabinets but beginning to think I have too many!! hugs, t

  8. Love it! Now I want to build one too ;)

  9. OK, how have I not seen your blog before? I have been building furniture from plans I drew up myself since probably before Ana was born, but when I discovered Knock-off Wood, which was what her old blog was called, I was excited. (I'm currently building a queen size Farmhouse bed, finished with homemade chalk paint in MS Bedford Gray & clear wax). Anyway, before I get side-tracked by your great projects, I just wanted to say, you are hard-core, girl! Love the shot of you using the Kreg rip cut saw guide IN THE SNOW. I have needed to make a few final cuts to finish up my bed, but I have wimped out because its too cold in my garage! OK. I'm shamed into action. Thanks for the much needed kick in the pants. I'm off to see your stuff!

  10. Hi Jamie! I love this console and would like to make it. However, I measured my space and at 4 foot, one end would be at the end of the wall. (The front door swings in towards the console wall.) Do you think that would look okay or should I tailor the console to a small size? Thanks for yours and everyone else's in advance!.....Ruth

  11. I have picked this out several times! I didn't realize it was one of yours. Love it!

  12. Hi Jamie! Good Work.

    I am thinking about adapting this for a changing table for my son due in November. Quick question on finishing: Did you use edge banding on the exposed plywood as Ana White's plans indicate? If so, is this paintable?

    I have just attached 1x1 trim in the past but this takes longer and with the due date approaching I was thinking banding might be a better option. Thoughts?

  13. Jamie this is absolutely stunning. I love your twist on Ana's original plans this is definitely on my honeydo list.