With the winter season in full force I decided it was the perfect time to take on some new indoor projects. First up the awful entryway closet. The closet had these ancient sliding doors that always came off the track and looked like such an eye sore. Behind the doors ended up turning into junk closet where we threw all of our stuff. And yes I said junk closet not drawer. It is amazing how much stuff seems to pile up after being in our house for a few years. It was time for a change and a little organization.
I let my husband take lead on this and it came out amazing! After taking the doors off he started removing some of the trim around the outside that could not be salvaged and replacing with new trim. Next he built the foundation for the bench seat. He made a frame using 2 x 4’s and screwing into the studs. We decided to use bead board to line the walls from the bench up to about 7 ft high where the shelves would start. Before going any further did two coats of white paint around the entire closet.
While the paint was drying it was time to take on the bench seat. We decided to use hardwood flooring pieces that lock into each other. This made it easier to slide into the closet later on. We stained each piece and did two coats of polyurethane. After letting it sit over night it was time to slide the pieces onto the bench frame and nail them down. Next up we installed a piece of trim in the front to hide the frame and pull the look together.
At this point all the work was really starting to come together. While my husband installed the shelf and put the finishing touches together, I went shopping for baskets to organize the closet. I ended up getting a great deal at Michael’s craft store for half off all baskets. I added two baskets underneath the bench seat which are perfect for hiding all our shoes. I added 3 baskets on the shelf which is great for storing things like umbrellas, hats, scarves, etc.
I’m extremely happy with how this project turned out. Our entryway used to feel so small and closed off. Now it is welcoming and so homey!
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