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.
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.
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!
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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 🙂
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!
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.
A quick before and after of the space:
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.
I added the basket dividers to provide support for the shelf (although not necessary) and to the keep the baskets in their proper spots:
The backing is beadboard (because that’s what I had on hand), you can barely see it behind the buckets:
The finish is Annie Sloan chalk paint in Old Ochre with clear wax:
This build was inspired by the 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.
(3) baskets $36
How to build an entry console:
1. Cut your lumber according to Ana’s plans.
I used my Kreg rip cut on the plywood:
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.
3. Follow Ana’s plans and construct the carcass.
I used a 1×4 on the back for support and to have enough space to attach the drawer glide back support piece later:
4. Build the face frame for the drawers:
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:
5. Attach the side footers, I countersunk screws from the back into the sides:
6. To cut out curve of front footer I used a roll of tape as a guide:
7. I forgot to predrill the pocket holes on the underside of the bottom shelf for attaching the front footer.
8. Attach a 1×2 to the interior of the drawer face frame, flush to the bottom opening.
This is necessary for installing the drawer glides.
9. Build the drawers.
Again make all the pocket holes with your Kreg jig:
It comes with a drawer member, cabinet member and cabinet back support piece:
11. Install the drawer member onto the drawer bottom at center and flush to the front edge:
12. Determine the middle of the drawer position, mark the 1×4 at back and install the cabinet back support at the correct height:
13. Attach the cabinet member glide support piece to the back support and install at front on the 1×2:
14. Now insert drawer box onto the glide:
Your drawer needs to be flush and even across the front.
You can adjust the cabinet member slightly for a perfect fit.
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:
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.
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.
Lastly add the 1×2 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:
It’s best to keep the backing off if possible until the very end, it makes painting and finish work much easier.
Thank you Ana, you always come through for the diy builder.
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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.