DIY Entryway Project

Back in November, my husband Andrew asked me what I wanted from him for Christmas.  I had been wanting to create a small entryway area in our  apartment – a place where we could hang our coats and sit down and take off. I was having a hard time finding exactly what I wanted. I fell in love with this gorgeous bench from West Elm, but I wasn’t in love with the price tag.

I showed the image to my ‘handy Andy’ and asked if he could make something similar. The man never seizes to amaze me. He went to work and did not disappoint. Check  out the West Elm version below…

img9bAnd below you can see our rustic and modern entryway. To make the DIY bench, my husband found a giant maple butcher block on Craigslist, cut it to size, stained & sealed it, and then attached these steel legs found on Etsy. Pretty close to the West Elm version, wouldn’t you agree?

I made the shelf above the bench by staining a scrap piece of wood (gotta love leftover wedding project supplies!), hanging it with some modern brackets from Ikea, and styled it with some fun goodies I had laying around the house.

The DIY ‘coat rack’ was a little project I recently whipped up by spray painting some letter hooks from Anthropologie silver and attaching them onto another stained piece of wood with screws before hanging it up below the shelf.




I love how the throw pillows and blanket soften the look and add a little bit of whimsy,  and the industrial style basket provides stylish storage for work out gear and outdoor games. Check out how to get the look down below:

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1. Oblique Bench | 2. Squirrel Toss Pillow | 3. Floral Ikat Pillow Cover | 4. Wire Mesh Storage Basket | 5. Chenille Throw | 6. Broken Stripe Pillow Cover | 7. Marquee Letter Hook | 8. Ekby Jarpen Shelf & Brackets and Ribba Frame | 9. Snake Plant | 10. Essential Book Boxes

Anyone else get their DIY on during some Holiday downtime?

~ PJ ~


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