Living in a 1970’s home has been a treat of renovations and upgrades. Most recently we ripped a horrifying amount of stucco from the front entryway hall much to the dismay of my husband. I don’t know what it was about that stucco…it was about 6 inches thick on the ceiling and went all the way down the freaking walls! Once it was down, we found we had quite a tall ceiling. This was a very good thing because the front and back doors are at either end and there is a door to what used to be a garage. All of this to say it was a narrow space so giving us the height allows for more light. When we had finished the front hall, I knew I wanted to do a front entry hall closet makeover which would get rid of doors forever!
Front Entry Hall Closet Makeover
I didn’t get a good shot of the front entry hall closet before but you can see it at the top of the stairs here. It was the old-style slider doors which were constantly off-track and the space was poorly used to say the least.
The first thing I did was to sketch out the plan, this had me measuring a million times…because nobody wants to mess up the cuts. We head to the store and grabbed 2-2x4s, 2 sheets of 5/8 MDF, some paint and trim then we set to make a base. This is just a rectangular base made of 2x4s. We screwed it together, used 2 cross pieces and screwed the entire thing to the walls.
Once the cuts were made for the base and 2 support pieces, we tacked them in place with glue and then nailed along the lines we’d marked on the back side of the mdf. This allowed us to be sure we’d hit the mark each time.
Below you can see the shape of bottom of the bench. We affixed it to the base on the bottom and screwed in support pieces around the perimeter wall underneath the bench top just to be certain of support.
We took the same steps with the upper part. We measured, marked, cut the mdf then glued it and nailed it together. We then affixed to the wall using support pieces which we had screwed in place.
Trimming out each of the boxes took a bit of time but is so worth it to achieve that built-in look. If you don’t have a table saw, Home Depot will do the cuts for you!Once everything was in place, I set to puttying, sanding and finally painting. For the project I used CIL Duo paint which is a primer and paint combo. Mdf sucks up paint/primer so I was pleased to have to do only 1 coat.
Next up we made a bench cushion which is so incredibly easy. We got cut a sheet of plywood to fit the bench top, clued some foam onto it and laid it on top of some outdoor fabric which I’d found on sale. We then pulled the fabric up around the foam, onto the plywood and stapled it into place.
And that’s it, what a HUGE sense of pride we feel as we look at the result of our Front Entry Hall Closet Makeover!! It’s functional AND so pretty. The fact that it didn’t cost much is the icing on the cake!
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