Winter Pinterest Challenge: DIY Bench and Entry Nook

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…

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23 Responses to Winter Pinterest Challenge: DIY Bench and Entry Nook
  1. Emily
    March 13, 2012 |

    This bench is a great idea and fits the space perfectly. Great job and nice Pinterest projectS.

  2. ange
    March 14, 2012 |

    Looks great! Love the bench and the baskets and coat hooks and pillows. It is all looking lovely. PsSi hate commenting from my phone, sorry for the run on sentances.

  3. Melanie @ Mailbox Journey
    March 14, 2012 |

    That is super cute!

  4. Just popped over from the Young House Love Pinterest Challenge.

    I love that fabric! It adds a lovely pop of colour to your entry way. A practical AND pretty project. Thanks for sharing :)

  5. Andrea
    March 14, 2012 |

    I love the fabric and that you made your own bench. Perfect piece for that corner.

  6. Sheila @SZInteriors
    March 14, 2012 |

    Hi Crystal!
    Thanks so much for stopping by this morning and leaving a comment! I love the Pinterest Challenges, and definitely get inspired by all the amazing projects. You did an awesome job on your bench! I love it!!! And it looks so great in that spot by your door. Great job :-)

  7. Colleen
    March 14, 2012 |

    Ah, beautiful! I love the whole entry…although the Towhead makes it!! Great job!

  8. Amber @ Wills Casa
    March 14, 2012 |

    Love the bench! Your entry way is really coming together! It looks fantastic! Again thanks for the sweet comments on our dresser! Glad we were both able to knock off at least 1 thing on our to do list!

  9. Tamsyn
    March 15, 2012 |

    Wow, I am so inspired. Your entryway is looking amazing. I especially love the fabric you choose for your bench seat

  10. Netties Expressions
    March 15, 2012 |

    Wow! I love how your bench turned out! You created such a cozy little area with the bench, coat hooks and baskets! Looks great!

  11. Angela
    March 15, 2012 |

    This turned out so cute!! I’m still envious of the fabric!! I’ve had my eye on those baskets!! It all looks so great!!

  12. Megan
    March 17, 2012 |

    What a fun space! I especially love the color of your door!

  13. Cassie {Hi Sugarplum}
    March 18, 2012 |

    This looks amazing! Love the entire entry!!! Thanks for sharing and linking up!

  14. Kari - the Sweetest Memory
    March 18, 2012 |

    So bright and cheery! Love the color of your door!

  15. Virginia
    March 18, 2012 |

    Beautiful! You did a great job on the bench. It looks like it fits the space perfectly!

  16. Jenny @ DIY Newlyweds
    March 24, 2012 |

    I LOVE this bench! So colorful and you make it look easy.

  17. Bev Lowe
    April 10, 2012 |

    But where did you find that star light???

  18. Bev Lowe
    April 10, 2012 |

    OH MY, sorry…I read the rest of your blog and found it!!!

  19. Johanna
    August 14, 2012 |

    This bench is right up my alley! Is it sturdy enough to sit on?

  20. angela
    October 14, 2012 |

    what are the colors on your walls i love that color with the blue door very relaxing and soothing!

  21. Manda Wolf
    August 27, 2013 |

    Looks good, I found your blog from a comment on Young House Love. It cracks me up that your doors are almost the same color and now you have the same light. Are you getting a kicking back for inspiring them? LOL. You did a great job in your entry way though!

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