This was our finished product following the design from Anna that was exactly what we were looking for to fill out entry. We were able to design it to fit our space and our needs for a family of 4 and as you can see it gets used ALL DAY. We both like the stained finish rather than paint and the only regret I have is not using the Kreg on everything.
On a side note we also liked the top piece so much we created off the design to build a storage area for the kids in their playroom. The only thing missing from the picture is the rod that we will be hanging baskets off underneath.
Thanks Anna for the ideas.