It’s that time again! Sherri & Katie (along with Cassie and Erin) heralded all us fellow pinteresters (or is it pinners?) to stop pinning and start doing! During the fall challenge, I had a hard time deciding what I wanted to do but this time around I knew exactly what to tackle.
I shared our mini-entry makeover last week where we painted the foyer a soft shade of Sherwin Williams Natural Choice and then painted the back of the door a pretty Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue.
I loved the unexpected color from the door but felt like the space still needed more color. I also realized when we hosted a sleepover for my daughter’s birthday, we really didn’t have anywhere for guests to place their purse, coat, etc. when entering the front door.
We have a coat closet to the left of the dresser you see above but it is stuffed like a Thanksgiving turkey with our coats and winter gear. To the right of the dresser is a little recessed nook. I thought this would be a great spot to create a little drop zone for guests and for the kids when they come home from school in the afternoon. I can only hope that their coats, bookbags and shoes end up in this area instead of as a trail between the front door and the kitchen. *Cue dream sequence music*
I’ve been pinning away entry ideas on my Pinterest Entry Board but I knew because it is a small recess that the door opens to, I needed something rather shallow. I had pinned this image (original source: The Mother Huddle Blog) some time ago and decided it would be perfect for this challenge and for this nook.
As an added bonus, I could use some of the Richloom invigorate confetti fabric I used to make these pillows. I mean, I do still have 8 1/2 yards of the stuff, which is not enough for two sets of curtains, but plenty for a little ol’ bench. Anyone need some extra pillows?
So, off to Lowes I went for a piece of plywood, screws and 4 spindle legs. I already had the fabric, batting, foam and staple gun.
This wasn’t a hard project but I wouldn’t say it was without incident. The first incident being that I bought 21″ legs to start with which made it look more like a table than a bench – DOH! So back to Lowes I went for 15″ legs…except they only had 2. So I had to go to another Lowes to find 2 more.
The legs I bought were pine and I wanted them a dark, rich color so I stained them using Rustoleum dark walnut stain.
Once the legs were dry, I screwed them into the board using a long hex-nut screw which I screwed through the board and into the legs. I had to unscrew the legs in order to do the next part.
Next, similar to how I made Christy’s headboard, I cut a piece of foam to the size of the board and used spray adhesive to adhere it to the board. Then, I placed the batting and the fabric over the foam. Turning the board and foam/batting/fabric upside down (fabric on the floor), I began stapling the batting and fabric into the board.
Once the fabric was stapled around the board, I reattached the legs and Voila! A bench! *Jumping up and down* OMG, I made a bench!! I made a bench!!
It fits perfectly into the little nook behind the door and doesn’t obstruct the door at all. I also added a coat hook and some baskets (both from Target) to finish off the little drop zone. I love that the bench adds both color and function to this little space. In case you forgot what the entry looked like just a few short week ago, here is the before again.
I still would like to add a plant and some color to the top of the dresser but she’s come a long way baby! (Psst… you can read about how I ditched the brass light and converted the moravian star table lamp into a hardwired fixture here.)
And that folks, is my Winter Pinterest project. So does this mean I can officially add ‘Furniture Maker’ to my resume?
Also Linking to: Cassie @Hi Sugarplum and Erin @The Great Indoors and…