2×4 Hall Tree

This free furniture plan is sponsored by Varathane.  All opinions expressed are my own.



Every entryway should have a bench and hooks.

For about $20 in lumber, you can build this rustic hall tree.

It’s sturdy and stylish, with lots of functionality and plenty of hooks.  It’s a welcoming piece, providing a comfortable place to sit to take shoes or boots off, while offering to hold coats, bags and more.

There’s even smaller hooks perfect for keys, sunglasses, wallets and more.

2x4s rarely disappoint – they are inexpensive, beautiful and sturdy.  The perfect stain can further bring out their awesomeness.

Varathane just came out with a new stain color “Carbon Gray” – it is a rich, dark gray, that goes on blotch free and even, while still showing off the natural wood grains.  Gorgeousness in a can!

The free plans for this 2×4 hall tree follow – enjoy and please share if you build!

XO Ana


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Barn Door Cabinet or Pantry

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Happy Monday friends!  

No baby news yet – but no new video this week either.  We are going to take a little maternity leave from videos (as they are quite time consuming to film and edit).

In our last video, we built this barn door cabinet pantry –

I am so in love with it!  In fact, I’m already planning a second barn door cabinet for our own home.  

The reason I love this barn door cabinet so much is half of what you store in it is on display and easily accessible.  

And the other half is hidden, and doesn’t have to be in pretty packaging.

For this pantry cabinet, that means dishes and attractive items or pretty baskets can fill one side, and things like cereal boxes, canned food and appliances can fill the other side.

The barn door slides so easily, both sides are very accessible.

And since the barn door slides instead of swings, the barn door is never in the way.

Oh this cabinet is amazing!  I could go on and on and on about how much I love it! 

The build for this project was suprisingly easy too.  It’s basically just a big bookshelf with a simple planked barn door attached to the front.



The hardware we used was a steal! We used this hardware from Amazon for less than $50.  The hardware is very well made, sturdy, and easy to install – and most importantly, works and slides beautifully.  We were very impressed with it and can’t recommend this barn door hardware enough. NOTE: It is heavy duty and takes up 6″ of space at header, so might not be suitable for smaller projects.

You can purchase it off Amazon here –


For the finish on this cabinet we used the same gray as the kitchen cabinets.  A very close gray is Rustoleum Chalked in Country Gray.

For the barn door, we wanted to keep the wood as clear and natural as possible, but still durable and wipe clean.

Varathane Ultime Polyerethane in Water Based is THE BEST clear you can get – you can’t even tell its there unless you touch the project.

I’m excited to share the free plans with you below.  Please do share if you build, we love seeing your projects!


XO Ana


PS – Make sure you watch the video where we build this cabinet too –



Making a Super Custom Workstation Desk

Making a custom desk out of walnut and plywood. I’m using the wood file cabinets I made previously as the base and building a custom top and shelves for all my audio and video equipment.

Tools and supples used in this project

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