For over 6 months I’ve had the top half of a hutch sitting in my entryway, collecting clutter and dust, welcoming sets of keys, cups of coffee and the occasional knick-knack from the children as this busy family constantly goes in and out of the door. The complete hutch was purchased last summer at a yard sale for a whomping $10. The bottom half acts as additional storage in the kitchen and anxiously awaits some much needed TLC. Here you can see the hutch top, sitting just inside our door with a nice pile of clutter atop it just before the entryway and hallway were redone:
When I decided it was time to redo the entryway/hallway with a board and batten applied to the walls it meant the hutch top needed to move out of the way for incoming paint rollers, drop cloths, strips of plywood and air compressor for the tools. More on that transformation later…
So the hutch moved from the area beside the door to the opposite end of the hallway, smack in the middle of the house. It sat here for a couple of weeks before the idea hit me. My search for an entryway bench had come up empty and here was this perfect piece of furniture begging to be used. My idea was to cut the top in half horizontally and turn the top portion into a bench while the decorative bottom portion would be “re-purposed” for another project. Out the door it went, to the garage where it became familiar with the power tools.
Here’s a close-up of the hutch top:
The doors were removed and a few cuts were made. After some adjustments and some measuring, we had the beginnings of a bench. Sorry, I forgot to snap shots of it during this phase.
The wood finish got covered in glossy black spray paint with a couple coats of clear for protection. A shelf was added about 11″ down from the top to allow for baskets to eventually be added to hold shoes, toys and the like. The last thing the bench needed was a padded seat. A quick visit to the local thrift store fabric shop produces two options for upholstery.
For the cushion portion, we opted to use a piece of particle board cut to the size of the top of the bench and a portion of an old memory foam mattress cut to size.
After cutting the material slightly bigger than the cushion/board combo, I stapled the material all the way around to secure it tightly in place. The completed cushion was placed atop the bench and screws were used to hold it in place.
For roughly $15 and a couple hours of time, we now have an entryway bench that will see a lot of use