Entryway reveal

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.

After the wood glue dried, we gave it a quick sanding and painted it the same color as the bench.

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.

Coat Rack
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.

Bench Cushion 
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.

Final Product
So with all of the pieces complete and put together, here is our new entryway.  We couldn’t be happier with the final product!


Creating an Entryway Phase 1

The front door to our 1950 Cape Cod opens up directly into our main living room.  I love the open feel this creates on our first floor, but it leaves little space for storage and organization.  When we first moved in I had a mirror and console table from Crate and Barrel Outlet in the front entry space. While I loved the look of the console, it provided little space for storage.  We needed a more practical entrance that created a welcoming feel. When my husband came across this picture in a Pottery Barn magazine, we felt it was perfect inspiration for making our space more functional.

The bench and shelf alone cost $500 from The Samantha Entryway Collection at Pottery Barn, and that didn’t include the wood paneling detail which was our favorite part.  We cooked up our own plan, and headed to Home Depot where for about $100 in materials, we started on phase one of our entry way project.

We purchased pine wood planks and quarter round for paneling and MDF for the bench.  We planned on painting both the paneling and bench the same color as our fireplace.  We chose MDF for our bench because it is cheaper than wood and very easy to paint.

We customized measurements to our space the started by painting the wall to provide a background for the paneling.

From there Scott framed out the paneling using the pine planks and quarter round.  I sanded it all off to give it a nice smooth finish.

As you can see from the picture, Scott built the custom bench out of MDF, mimicked after the Pottery Barn piece. He cut some small detailing on the side rails to give it a more polished, and less homemade look.  From there we painted everything to match our existing trim, fireplace and custom shelves.  We used Behr from Home Depot in “Country Dairy.”

To finish off the bench I picked up three “Milk Crate” storage baskets from Target at $18.99 a piece to fit into the cubby holes.  And we ended up with this!

So Phase 1 is complete.  Now on to building the shelf, adding hardware, and covering the bench with an upholstered top.  I also love the coordinating coat rack in the Pottery Barn picture and have an old one in the basement I think I can whip into shape!  So while I start on Phase 2 and get a final product in the works, check out this great mudroom storage from the blog Honey We’re Home.