My friend David Menendez came to me with a problem. How to create a central repository for keys, dog leashes, and mail in his tiny front entry without gobbling up precious square footage? Easy. Build a two-legged console that saves space by anchoring directly to the wall. To match the lived-in look of his farmhouse, we built one ourselves using inexpensive salvaged stair parts. For the front legs, we chose a pair of green-painted spindles for $50. The top is an 11¼-inch-deep-by-36-inch-long heart-pine tread that we got for just $15. To replicate the look of a riser (salvage yards usually don't stock them) for the apron, we cut a $5 rough-sawn pine board to a standard 7½-inch height.

Exclusive offer for TOH readers: Get 25 percent off a salvaged stair part kit to make this table when you mention TOH at Caravati's Inc.
Ask TOH users about Salvage

Contribute to This Story Below

    Tools List

    • nail puller
      nail puller
    • paint scraper
    • speed square
      speed square
    • bar clamps
      bar clamp
    • jigsaw
    • drill
      drill/driver, with countersink combo bit
    • torpedo level
      torpedo level
    • hammer

    Shopping List

    1. Salvaged spindles

    2. Salvaged stair tread

    3. Rough-sawn pine board, or salvaged riser

    4. 2x4, for blocking

    5. 3 ½-inch deck screws

    6. 1 5/8 screws

    7. 8d finishing nails