Monday, August 22, 2016

Entryway Ideas On Limited Budget

While visiting in Illinois earlier this month, middle daughter (Jaysa) and I stopped by a Crate and Barrel store and spied this bench. 
We had just started working on Jaysa's built-in-bench project again and wanted to keep this bench in mind to inspire us for that project, as well as a future project of my own.  

For a long time, I've been dreaming of adding a bench and wall trim to our own entryway. Except my dream is larger, whiter, and has to be a whole lot cheaper than the over $2000 price tag this Crate and Barrel bench carried.

To give you an idea of what I'm obsessed dreaming about, here's two pictures I've been carrying for a while. These entryways are far grander than what I'm planning to do someday, but they do make me drool.
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Not sure where I got these pictures, but they look like they're from a professional or magazine source. If you know the source, please let me know and I'll give them the credit they deserve.
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When we got home from our trip, one of the first things I did was to buy this package of pine bead boards to help me figure out how to create a taller and whiter version of the Crate and Barrel bench.
These boards are tongue and groove bead board. The package says it will cover almost 9.8 square feet. Our local Home Depot carries quite a selection of sizes in varying heights. The boards in this package are 31 and 3/4 inch long.
Each tongue locks into the groove of the next board. Here's a close up of the left (tongue) side.
Here's a close up of the right (grooved) side. The boards fit together by locking and it just takes a small nail to hold them in place.
We used a similar package doing Jaysa's bench in my last post, but it wasn't bead board like this one. It also had a white finish and wasn't wood, but a wood product.

I can't wait to show you Jaysa's finished built-in bench, but she's just now putting on the last coats of paint. I'm trying to be patient as I know paint has to dry well between coats. That, and the fact that she has a lot to do in her busy life than paint. 

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  1. Can not wait to see your finished project!!

  2. This looks like a super fun project in the works! Looking forward to seeing the finished result!


  3. What a great idea. That bench is too cute but I wouldn't spend $2000 on it.

  4. The Crate and Barrel bench is a beautiful inspiration as are the photos you've saved for your project. I agree, the $$$ is steep and I'm sure you can build it for less. I will watch for your project, please share it!

  5. I love the bench that Crate and Barrel has, but I would never spend that much money on one. you could buy an unpainted large toy chest and put the bead board behind it with hooks and paint it white.

    Love your inspirational pages, but so expensive.

    Looking forward to seeing your daughters bench.

    Have a great week.


  6. The crate and barrel bench is darling, but I bet yours will be just as fabulous! Love the inspiration photos.

  7. Ca t wait to see your daughter's finished product . The Crate and Barrel is a great inspiration piece but I am sure yours will be perfect for your space. Pam @ Everyday Livng

  8. Beautiful bench but the high price tag is off putting. Looking forward to seeing what you achieve with your daughter.

  9. Isn't it nice you can DIY when you find something you love but the price is too high? I bet yours will be even better. Looking forward to seeing both the finished pieces!

  10. Nice bench but it is quite expensive.
    Looking forward to seeing your daughters finished project.

  11. love your inspirational photos, no idea where they could be from. Good luck.

  12. Nice to meetcha and so glad you dropped in to visit my front porch! I like your blog too and will follow! Glad you enjoyed the post about the pretty alley. We have so many here, and I think we have been down them all now. Each one has it's own personality and I love to make pictures of them all. I love that foyer picture you have up there. That bench is a neat project!

  13. I love these hallway benches, so versatile and welcoming in an entryway.
    Can't wait to see what you have created, I bet it's simply gorgeous.

  14. Great inspiration pics! I can't wait to see what you came up with.

  15. Rivercrest Cottage,
    Your Crate and Barrel inspiration is gorgeous!
    I know with your creativity, your Entry Hall design will be stunning!
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend ahead, dear friend!

  16. Loving these ideas! Thanks for the inspiration ♥

  17. I love these benches, too and would LOVE to have one beside my front door...pottery barn has them, too...well, a lot of places have them..saw one at Pier 1 the other day...anxious to see yours when you finish it...

  18. It looks great, and I can't wait to see the finished project!