I am 90% sure that every time I come up with a project idea that my husband cringes as he knows exactly who I am going to enlist to help. Truth be told though he is pretty handy when it comes to building things and has all the tools needed, so why not attempt some projects together? Our most recent project we tackled together was our DIY entryway bench and I am in LOVE with how it turned out.
I had been wanting an entryway bench for our new house from the moment we signed our purchase agreement. The entrance way has plenty of space and a nice little valley view so it just seemed fitting. The original plan though was to purchase one and had we not decided to build our own I probably would have picked one of these wicker ones from Ikea. Well when I signed up to do the Upcycle Challenge with the BC Home and Garden Show earlier this year that changed everything. When we were all done upcycling our waterbed frame into a planter (see reveal here) we had so much of the frame left over, I just couldn’t let it go to waste. I loved the way the headboard was shaped and after some quick Pinterest scouring I fell in love with the idea of an upcycled bench. So with the help of my husband we set out to make our own entryway bench.
We picked up some 2×4’s and 2×6’s at our local Home Depot and paired them with the headboard to create the bench. The frame is built out of the 2×4’s and the seat is built out of 2×6’s. We included a shelf beneath for baskets or packages that are left at the door. Once my husband had built the bench and attached the headboard we gave it a quick sand and then a couple of coats of primer. I then finished the bench in Chiffon Cream chalk paint by Rustoleum.
While it took a little bit more work than purchasing a bench, I am so happy with our end results. I love having a unique piece for our entrance. Aside from our upcycled headboard the total cost of the project came in at less than $100!