Entry Storage & Organization DIY Building Plans

Are you always look for extra ways to store things? It seems as though there is always room for improvement in the area of storage in the average home. I like to try to make better use of what I already have too. It can even be as simple as finding new purpose for a spot in our home. When I spied this message center at the thrift store I had no idea that it would lead me to create entry storage.

Thrift Store Cubby Before Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

It was kinda like if you give a mouse a cookie story (much like my patio makeover), except this is the thrifted message center sort of ballooning project. The idea was to show you how to get organized, but then it grew and I’m so happy it did because here is what I did with it…

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See, I told you I ran with it. tee hee hee. Okay, so the whole idea of me doing this was to inspire you to try it too. I made this out of some pine boards, thrifted corbels (same as I used on my mug rack) and message center, and a pair of baskets from the dollar store. Oh, and don’t forget those gorgeous glass door knobs for hooks from my friend.

Rustic Farmhouse Storage | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Want to try one too? Take a closer look at my design…it has the potential to be adjust to just about any space and can be tweaked to your hearts content. Add length, height, change up the accessories to suit your needs.  But, I also understand not everyone wants or is able to DIY. So, if you love the entry storage, just head to my shop where you can purchase it for your home.

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For those of you ready to give this a try, here is what you’ll need:


  • 2 – 1″ x 6″ x 8′ boards cut into lengths shown below
  • 1 – 1″ x 4″ x 8′ board cut into lengths shown below
  • 1 ¼” screws
  • HomeRight Small Spray Shelter
  • spray paint of choice (I used Aged Gray)
  • stain of choice (I used Early American – my favorite seen HERE.)
  • foam brush for stain
  • wood glue
  • hooks, baskets, message center – plus hardware to hang items (optional)
  • 2 – corbels (optional for top shelf)


I built this unit in an afternoon, so I know you can do this! Let’s get our DIY on.

Step 1: Paint the thrifted items to be used (baskets, old picture frames turned chalkboards, etc). Grab your can of spray paint and the HomeRight Small Spray Shelter and give it a fresh coat. The shelter is perfect for the DIYer because it folds up flat and pops up in seconds.

Folded Small Spray Tent | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I have show how much I love this little tent in these past posts, and can’t tell you enough how it has made my work easier. No more setting up boxes and sheets hoping to keep my work area clean. (or getting in trouble for overspray. ahem)

Using HomeRight Small Spray Shelter to Paint Thrifted Items | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

When you are done with your first coat, allow your paint to cure. Then repeat with a second coat if necessary.

Step 2: Cut wood boards using diagram below. This is where you can tweak the design to meet your needs. If you like the shelf on top, cut two additional 6″ boards at 45″ long. Feel free to play with it.

Layout of DIY Entry Storage Building Plans by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Adding Corbels to Entry Storage | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Step 3: Using your Kreg Jig, add two pocket holes to the end of each upright board. And if using corbels, add two pocket holes to both ends of your top 40″ board if adding a shelf.

Kreg JIg for Pocket Hole Joinery | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Step 4: Assemble wood pieces as shown using wood glue and screws. This picture shows pocket holes for the side corbels if you desire. Just add them on the sides and then add two top boards measuring. It helps to have a large flat surface to keep joints flush.

How to Assemble Entry Storage Unit | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Step 5: Stain the wood with your choice of stain. Be sure to do this in a well-ventilated area.

Staining DIY Entry Storage Unit | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Step 6: Add flush mount hardware to the back. There are many different kinds of hardware to use. I chose to use a keyhole setup while my keyhole router bit is on its way…I can’t wait!

Keyhole Hardware for Mounting Shelf | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Step 7: You’re ready to add your storage essentials to your entry storage. Whether it’s coat hooks, baskets, a chalkboard or message center of some sort, it is totally up to you and what your family needs. This unit would also work well in a bathroom for towels, and toiletries. The options are limitless, really.

Farmhouse Entry Storage Building Plans by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Thrifted Entry Organization with DIY Plans by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Repurposed Glass Door Knobs used as Hooks for Entry Storage by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and find that it can lead you to less days of chaos and more days of time to enjoy what matters most. I invite you to pin and share this project to inspire others to give DIY a try too.

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  • Mary - the boondocks blog

    Larissa that is such a cute piece and I see what you mean about being inspired to add more. That’s the way it works, you start out with one piece and before you know it you you’re working on another one. They both look great and are super practical.

    January 31, 2017 at 7:28 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Like an awesome domino run, right? You know how it goes! 😀 Thanks, Mary.

      January 31, 2017 at 8:24 am Reply
  • Cecilia

    Haha, I first thought you’d torn apart the thrift store find…somehow I thought it was much bigger. Too funny. I couldn’t figure out the project until I read further. OHHH….now I get it. The organizer was small and you added to it! Love it! You’re very creative and talented! Makes me want to do something in my entry. Thanks for the inspiration!

    January 31, 2017 at 7:43 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Too funny! Yes, it just needed more, and more, and more! ahahaha…life is fun.

      January 31, 2017 at 8:25 am Reply
  • Brooke Poole

    So so cute…love it!

    January 31, 2017 at 8:42 am Reply
  • Patty Soriano

    Wow, Larissa, even technical drawings! How do you do those…. a software ? I tend to spray paint out in the yard…. hubby gets upset when it gets on the grass, which is gonna grow and be cut off anyway. (rolling eyes) Love this piece you built….wish I had your skills with tools. Hubby can do anything, but I would love to do be able to do it all myself. p.s. got the card…..what a sweetie!!

    January 31, 2017 at 9:07 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes, I use a software to draw those up. It’s fun to do when I have time. I used to do the same and annoyed me more than JC – ha! You just have to try cause you’ll never know. 🙂

      January 31, 2017 at 9:33 am Reply
  • Marie from The Interior Frugalista

    I had to look twice while trying to wrap my brain around how you turned the message center into that! Seriously, I sat with the picture for several seconds thinking it through and decided there’s no way, before I scrolled down. ha ha ha Great tutorial and drawings and I suspect it won’t last long in your shop.

    January 31, 2017 at 9:25 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It kinda mushroomed, didn’t it? Ha! I love that I felt good to do it and also to share. Thanks for the giggle, Marie!

      January 31, 2017 at 9:34 am Reply
  • Joanie

    Larissa – great idea!Can you tell which dollar store you got the baskets from? Dollar Tree?

    January 31, 2017 at 10:10 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! Sure, I got them at Dollar General.

      January 31, 2017 at 9:13 pm Reply
  • Mary Mayo

    I didn’t get it either without scrolling down. The also thought it was bigger! I am planning to soon use some glass knobs for ‘hooks’ too. Lovely as always!

    January 31, 2017 at 9:11 pm Reply
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