Entryway Key Throw Table

6U8A0547You guys requested it, so today Josh is here to share instructions for this beautiful DIY entryway table. We're loving it in the space. It's been fun to restyle it each week with fresh flowers and thrifted finds. If you make one, please send us photos. We love seeing how you guys change up and customize our projects!

Take it away, Josh! 

Key throw table diySupplies:
-seven 2x6s

-two 4x4s
-2.5" Kreg screws
-1x2s (or you can rip your own)
-220 grit sandpaper

-miter Saw

-table saw
-speed square
-tape measure
-sponge brush

This little hallway table is built like a tank, a very pretty tank! With the right paint color for your space, it will make a great utility and decorative piece that will last nearly forever. It's a breeze to build; if you have a couple hours and the right tools, you can have this built in an afternoon! 

HallwaytableStep One: Cut all the pieces that you need. 

  • Cut four 4x4s 31.5" long.
  • If you have a table saw, you can cut some 2x6s into 16.5" lengths, then rip them into 1.5" x 1.5" strips (2x6s are actually 1.5" x 5.5"). Or you can use the 1×2 stripping and cut six 16.5" pieces.
  • Cut nine 2x6s into 4' lengths.

Step Two: (Make two mini ladders). Refer to Figure B in the diagram for the layout. Best thing to do would be to screw in the top piece first, then measure down 9.5" and mark the lines (with speed square), and screw the next piece in.

Step Three: Cut corner notches in four 2x6s. You can use a piece you cut off to trace, or you can measure 3 3/8" boxes on the corners and cut those out.

6U8A4653Step Four: Assemble! The best route for this would be to flip everything upside down, and start from the bottom and work your way up. The table top is easy; just make sure the pieces are upside down, the three boards are lined up, and the ends are flush with one another. Start with one ladder; make sure it's all nice and square and looking good before screwing. I only put one screw in per side per board, and that was enough. I'm telling you, a baby elephant could perch on this thing without worry. 

6U8A4656After you have the top all screwed in, work your way up. I would make sure the pieces fit in the space before screwing. Even if you double measure and take your time, sometimes adjustments have to be made last-minute, and it's better to make them before everything is screwed in. After you have the two shelves assembled, flip the table over. You just made something; doesn't that feel great!? Sand everything nice and smooth, then stain or paint to your liking. 

6U8A05476U8A0557Happy building! -Josh

Credits // Author: Josh Rhodes and Elsie Larson. Photos: Sarah Rhodes and Josh Rhodes.  Photos edited with Clementine of the Folk Collection

  • My Husband made this for our entrance hall, slightly different to this one. How do I upload a photo?

  • We need a table for our entry way when we move and I want to make something for it… This gives me a few ideas on how I could make it, although I really want at least a couple of proper draws too 🙂

  • Pinned this for my husband, thank you!!! I love seeing projects like these 🙂

  • Perfect! FYI: Facing an elephants towards your entryway is considered good luck in many cultures!

  • I really love that table. I might give it a go but I’m not sure I could cut the wood properly, as I don’t have a table saw. I might ask at the local store if they can cut it as there’s not much to do. This looks like a project I can actually complete for a change, thanks for posting, it looks great!

  • Hey guys 🙂 please check out this blog I started last night! Do you have any tips? I’m still trying to figure it all out.


  • It’s amazing!
    Love this table and I’m so tempted to make one myself!
    Thank you for the tutorial

  • Wow the white shelf didnt even look like it was made out of wood! It looks so chic! 🙂


  • Such a beautiful project and the decor looks lovely 🙂


  • Love this! We currently have a dinky little table at our entryway, but it’s not really that useful and I’d love one with shelves. This is perfect!


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  • I’m sorry this isn’t about this post, but can I know what the beautiful blue color is on that door?

  • This is absolutely beautiful! If only I had a place to decorate haha. Might have to bookmark this for the future 😉

    Shannon Rebecca | Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle

  • Ah I see the tags at the top now. Took me awhile to find. Very tiny and inconspicuous… Did you guys ever do a post on what the tags mean? Could you? 🙂

  • great project! question about the lamp, is it just a mint lamp? or did y’all revamp/paint it?

  • I would love to know where those baskets are from since I’ve been looking for some just like them. Can you help a sister out?! 🙂

  • i totally LOVE it. i also want someone (else) to make it for me 🙂


  • Awesome can’t believe he made this. Looks great with the baskets

  • What a great project, it looks stunning! I would love to try something like this, it doesn’t seem too hard and I’d love to paint it in a happy color for myself. Like pink (I live on my own, so I can do that!).

  • This is beautiful, I definitely want something similar 🙂


  • Totally loving the table! Looks like I have another summer project on my list!

    Janine Maral from http://www.janinemaral.com/

  • This is adorable! It is way too hot to build anything this weekend in LA, but maybe sometime in the future.

  • Love this! Whoever designed our home did a really awkward job. Our front door opens directly into our living room-ish area. It’s so awkwardly spaced and there’s no defined entryway. We’ve had such a hard time figuring out what to do with it. We settled on an Ikea show cabinet a while back, but the kids have since successfully broken the shoe storage part of the cabinet and it’s time for something new. This could be perfect!

  • Really loving this table and really impressed with your handi-craft skills!

    x Courtney


  • Hi Julie! This project is tagged with “$$ Budget”, meaning it’s less than $100.00 to create. Anything tagged with one dollar sign is less than $10.00 to create. Hope that helps! 🙂 -Jacki

  • A great little project that doesn’t feel to intimidating AND has the potential to be incredibly functional as well. The only challenge is to keep family members from “dumping” all over it:)

  • This looks amazing! So tempted to try it with my little brother who has just moved out of home!

  • Would it be possible to include the total price for projects like this? (in the future). So we can gage if it’s worth the time and money to do it ourselves, you know what I mean? 🙂

  • Love this! I wish I had access to the right materials/tools, but NYC isn’t entirely conducive to this 🙂 maybe I’ll be able to come back to it one of these days!

    Blonde in this City

  • That is gorgeous! And way too difficult for me. I get lost with IKEA furniture so… 😉
    By the way, that blue lamp is so pretty!

  • gorgeous! love how this turned out



  • Oh, that looks fantastic!!

    I have to ask: what’s in the baskets!?

  • I love it! I am totally into wood-working lately and my cousin has made me a farmhouse table and most recently a headboard, I would love for this to be my next project, thanks for the inspiration!

  • Looks easy enough. We’re planning to buy a house in about a year so we’ll need furniture to fill it. Keep these ideas coming!

  • Hi Brooke!

    Josh was able to complete the project in an afternoon. 🙂 -Jacki

  • Really love this DIY! Can’t wait to (hopefully) use it in our new home if there is room! 🙂

  • I need to forward this post to my Mum! ( No your blog itself !)) This is the most useful piece of furniture in the living room!

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  • I’m excited to try this project with my husband! About how long did this take you? (We are complete newbies at trying to build anything, so I’m trying to get an idea of how many days this might take us…..haha!)

  • It looks really nice! It’s a little “sea style” and I like it. I am a little scared of doing that kind of things by myself, but I will try to find some help, because with you everything looks so easy to make. 😉
    Hugs from France,

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