The view upon opening the door... Welcoming, not so much. Functional... nope.
Don't get me wrong, it did have it's moments...
but as you can see the tree and decorations stuck out into the hallway, and with a four year old running around..well you can imagine..
Then the tree came down and we were back to square one...
so I tried a chair. It was an improvement in the function aspect, but definitely not the statement I was looking for.
And then it happened. The door opened, the light shone down (OK not literally, but it felt like it) I had a vision...
First we built the foundation for a bench using two corbels and 1x4's doubled up and screwed into the wall for extra support.
The seat was built using a sheet of 3/4 in. wood and finished off with moulding around the side and front. The dining room chair rail was wrapped around the wall and continued above the bench.
Once everything was in place the entire wall and bench were painted leaving the original chalkboard in the spot where the frame would be hung.
A second piece of 3/4 in thick wood was used to make the tufted seat cushion and placed on top. (Tutorial for the cushion soon)
I am so pleased with how it turned out I want to come and go through my front door more often!
Wood & Corbels - Home Depot
Paint - Home Depot: Behr Ultra White Semi-Gloss
Frame: Ikea (spray painted in Rust-Oleum Metallic Gold)
Total cost: around $100