Back to the front entry where we have been hard at work transforming a useless closet into a built-in bench with storage. If you are just tuning in you can catch up HERE with how we demo-ed the old closet.
When we left off we realized that the closet was not original to the house and the bean inside the closet was part of a load baring wall. So in the interest of not having the house fall over, we decided to make the bench a bit smaller and add cubby storage to the other side of the stud.
When the Mr. first bought this house, he was watching his parents dogs, plus his own while they were away on vacation. A huge snow storm hit and our area was totally buried in like 2 feet of snow. He went outside to dig the dogs a place to make dog business and one of the oaf-like pups hit the sliding door lock, locking him outside in a horrible storm in a t-shirt and shorts. He ended up getting back in the house by cutting into this closet from the garage.
Back to the closet project. We lined the inside of the closet with a thin plywood on each side and bead board along the back using wood adhesive and a brad nailer.
The we measured the height of our bench at 20″ and framed in the bench supports. We chose the height based on a combo of sitting comfort and the tallest boots I own 😉
Pine board serves as the top of the bench. We nailed a 4″ wide length of MDF along the seat section to reenforce were we will hang coats and backpacks.
We then framed and added the shelves, one for each of us about 12″ apart. The extra large cubby on the bottom can be used for tall boots or bags. We picked some baskets we liked from Canadian Tire that matched the modern farmhouse feel we liked and made sure they fit in both directions as shown below.
I want everyone to keep small items like hats and gloves in their OWN cubby. No more searching for a missing glove 3 minutes before you need to be in the school drop off lane! So I revved up the Silhouette Curio machine and cut some vinyl initials for each basket.
The last major pain of a step was to scrape and remove all of the wood adhesive from the walls. The Mr. used a scraper tool and it did the trick rather quickly. Just be careful that you don’t hack up the drywall underneath!
First we painted the closet and shelves with a white semi-gloss trim paint. This took 3 coats total to make everything look perfect and cover the dog butt-print on the bench seat. Notice she brought her bone in the image below.
Then the Mr. mudded and smoothed the walls and sanded. He did this process twice to make sure everything was perfectly smooth for paint. When it was ready to go, we touched up the walls with our wall colour “Contemporary White”, which I think is a Behr colour.
Below you can also see some of the finishes we picked. Oil rubbed bronze hooks from Castle Building Centre and a navy throw pillow from Walmart. The Oil rubbed bronze hardware matches the front door (and other areas of the house) and the front hall light which is also a dark bronze.
Next up, the reveal!!
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