Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Entryway System

For about a year our entryway looked like this. How's that for a homey, "Welcome home!"?

Before entryway "system"
Fortunately I found this really awesome blogger - she's a homemaker who builds her own furniture! My hero! I found her plans for an entryway system and they were super easy! So I got to work.

During shot of the entryway bench
It was a ton of sanding. So the next time you see me, let me know if my arms look toner.

After shot of a more organized entryway system


Nicole said...

Wow. Looks amazing. Fantastic job! You mentioned that you had to modify the dimensions from Ana's plans to fit your space. Would you happen to have the sizes of the materials? I am dying to start building this, but I need something a bit shorter (I was thinking around 36" long). Thank you for sharing - I am exciting about starting my first project!

Angie said...

Hi Nicole! I modified Ana's cut list for a 36" widths.

Cut List for the Bench
2 – 1×12 @ 17 1/4 (sides)
2 – 1×12 @ 13 1/2″ (vertical dividers)
1 – 1×12 @ 34 1/2″ (bottom shelf)
2 - 1×12 @ 36″ (top shelves, doubled up)
1 – 1×4 @ 38 1/2″ (back lip for top)
2 – 1×4 @ 11 1/2 (side lip for top)
2 – 1×4 @ 11 1/2 (side toekick)
1 – 1×4 @ 38 1/2 (front toekick)
plywood for back, 18″x36″

Cut List for Shelf
2 – 1×8 @ 34 1/2″ (bottom shelf and vertical board for hooks)
2 – 1×8 @ 15 3/4″ (sides)
2 – 1×8 @ 7 1/2″ (vertical dividers)
1 – 1×8 @ 36″ (top, bottom piece)
1 – 1×3 @ 37″ (top, top back piece)
1 – 1×6 @ 37″ (top, top front piece)
plywood for back 8″ x 36″

Just keep in mind when you do the vertical dividers, center them yourself, the dimensions on Ana's site will be different since your bench will be narrower.

Good luck! Send a link with photos when you're done! :)

Anonymous said...

Where did you get the boxes that you used?

Angie said...

They are IKEA http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80115484/

Anonymous said...

Quick question: Is there a reason I shouldn't paint the wood before putting it together? I noticed most people making this bench paint afterward, which seems more difficult than painting before final assembly (of course patching the nail holes afterward.) Thanks

Angie said...

Personally, I think if you paint first you add extra steps for yourself in the long run. Yes, it's easier to not have to paint corners, but it's really hard to sand on top of paint when you use the wood filler to fill the screw holes. Post pictures of your project! I would love to see it!