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It’s hard for me to pass over white marble, especially when it can be involved in a DIY. Ever since moving into our apartment, I have been thinking of what kind of organization system I wanted to put into place in our small entryway. It is kind of like the dog’s space right there with their food bowls, water bowl, and a hook with their leashes. But I also hung a decent sized mirror and decided I wanted to add a small table under it. I’ve never had an area to leave my purse or keys other than the kitchen island or dining table and I really wanted a space dedicated to that. So like I do with most of my wood DIYs, I headed to Home Depot, with no plans, to get all the supplies I needed. Here’s a tip that I don’t always follow: have all the plans and measurements written down before going to the store.
So, for this table I wanted to do it all by myself but I found it much easier to enlist my younger brother to help hold the wood together while I “built” it. Turns out it is very hard to build a table by yourself. So with his help, we came up with this awesome (barely planned) entryway table.
- (3) 2″ x 2″ x 8′ pieces of wood
- (16) #8-2 1/2″ flat head wood screws
- (1) 36″ x 12″ x 1/4″ piece of plywood
- (9) 4″ x 12″ marble tiles
- Power drill
- Wood glue/super glue/hot glue (you decide)
- Paint (I used Benjamin Moore Texas Leather)
- (4) 2″ x 2″ x 12″ wood
- (4) 2″ x 2″ x 24″ wood
- (4) 2″ x 2″ x 32″ wood
- Plywood cut to 36″ x 12″
Click on the button below to view my free plans with everything you need to know for this project! Let’s be real, it’s easier to have a print out of the supplies you need and the steps than to keep referring back to a website, I know. That’s why I made it easy for you. Just click the link and you will be able to view and print the plans. Let me know how you like the plans and maybe I will keep doing them for all my wood projects! I had fun drawing them up.
If you don’t want to get my extremely easy and helpful plans, you can follow along now. This table is very easy to make. The first step is to cut your wood, or have it cut for you at Home Depot (or Lowe’s). Then line up the pieces for the top and bottom rectangles. Don’t forget to sand your wood!
Next you will need to secure the rectangles. You will use two of the 12″ pieces of wood and two of the 32″ pieces of wood for each rectangle. The 32″ pieces will go inside of the 12″ pieces. Then drill in a screw on the edge of the outside of the 12″ pieces to secure them to the 32″ pieces. Make sure to drill on the EDGE so that when you screw together the legs, the screws will not hit each other or split the wood. Also be sure to pre-drill your holes. We forgot about this step and knew we were missing something, needless to say it took my brother and I about 5 minutes of just sitting there trying to remember, LOL.
Here is a picture of the corner pieces that will have two screws drilled into them. So instead of placing the screws in the center, you will need to offset them.
After you have the two rectangles put together, it’s time for the the assembly of the legs. All you have to do is attach the legs in between the two rectangles. The legs are the 24″ pieces of wood.
For color, I first stained the wood with Minwax Classic Gray but didn’t like the way it looked and it was too matchy matchy with my wood floors so I painted over it with Benjamin Moore Texas Leather paint. I also painted the edges of the plywood before putting the tiles on.
For the top, I hot glued the marble tiles to the plywood. I will probably go back and gorilla glue it or something but for now, hot glue works. Then I placed the plywood with tiles on top of the table frame. I didn’t glue the top down or anything since the tiles are pretty heavy and I didn’t see the need. I will probably glue it in the future though. It is sturdy enough for now.
I love do it yourself projects/making things because you have the control to make something exactly how you want. You don’t have to settle for something just because that’s the only way the store made it. If something goes wrong in your DIY, you have to power to fix it. For this table, I had planned on having the table stand with the longer legs vertical. This way made the table way too tall and skinny for under my mirror. I also planned on having the perfect amount of marble tiles to cover the top of it but I didn’t account for the vertical pieces (about an inch) connected to the sides of the horizontal pieces. So after bringing my table frame home and having Willie take a look at it, he showed me it could have the longer legs lay horizontal. It worked! We also decided to put the tiles on a piece of plywood and have a little bit of overhang. Sometimes you just need another set of eyes and another mind of ideas. I love my table now and it’s even more special to me because I built it on my own (with a little help from my brother and Willie lol). Even when I thought my table was not going to work, we made it work. That’s the beauty of building things.