Back in February I shared Phase 1 of our new entryway design. The design was based on The Samantha Entryway Collection from Pottery Barn. After finishing phase 1, which consisted of the construction of the bench and wall paneling, we moved on to finishing the deal with a shelf, coat rack and cushion.
My husband built the shelf out of MDF scraps left over from the bench. We measured and cut the wood to length and then used large clamps to glue and nail the pieces together. We used a jigsaw to cut a curve detail on the side, giving it a more polished look.
We wanted the shelf to be sturdy enough to hold several coats so we screwed it right into the wall and puttied and painted over the screw holes.
I found three Question Mark Hooks on sale from Anthropologie for $7.95 each. I couldn’t find them in a color I liked so I sprayed them with a dark metallic spray paint to match the hardware on our front door. Once the shelf was secured to the wall, we screwed in the hooks.
We’ve had an old coat rack that has been gathering dust in the basement for the last two years and thought we could breathe some new life into it.
I painted it the same color as the shelf and bench and bought four new hooks from the Home Depot. To tie all the entryway pieces together, I sprayed the hooks the same metallic color as the hooks on the shelf.
I am not a sewer so I created the bench cushion as an upholstery piece. I cut a piece of plywood the same size as the top of the bench. From there, I used my favorite headboard upholstering technique and wrapped it in foam and fabric and stapled into place on the back of the plywood.
Money saving tricks: Buy the mattress foam pads from Target which are a fraction of the price of getting foam at the fabric store. Purchase an inexpensive table cloth for the bench fabric, it wipes up easy and is much cheaper than the fabric store. I found this one at Target for under $20.