Saturday, 1 November 2014

A Different Bench Made From an Old Door; A Hall Tree

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I've been thinking about making one of these for a while now, in fact when I made this bench, I was planning on making one like this, but changed my mind half way through it.  
There are a lot of ways I could have gone with this, it can be done many different ways.  I decided to go with a bench seat and a shelf.  I decided to use the iron shelf supports, and to leave the storage bins open for baskets or shoes, or whatever.

The feet are pieces of shaped wood cut off a long length of wood that I previously salvaged.  I don't know what it was, it looks like a banister or something, but it is very thick.

I added the arms made from salvaged wood.

When it was all put together I painted the whole thing with a good primer.

 I added a little decoration to cover the lock hole, and then some more to balance it out.  I then painted it with 2 coats of gray paint.

When it was dry I painted on a coat of Varathane, then I antiqued it with ebony stain.  I finished off the painting by varathaning it again.  I added chipped painted hinges and some old knob and tube insulators that I salvaged from the stone house to be used for hanging keys etc.  I removed the door knob from the back of the door so that it can be placed against a wall, so I had to glue the remaining knob to the back plate.

To finish it off I added a nice cushion with coordinating fabric.

After a little clean up, it's all done.

 I shared at

Beyond The Picket Fence
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  1. very nice makeover love the color and all of the hanging thingy's xx

  2. That is so nice! I love the little window, the shelf and the seating cussion. Heck, the whole thing looks great! I found youre post over at Vintage Inspirational Party, Thanks for sharing:) I allso shared a post about using old doors:) would love to have you by my blog and say hi sometime:)

  3. What a wonderful project. I bet it will look stunning when it is in its proper place. Thanks for linking up to the VIP party

  4. Wow, now that's a transformation....awesome job! Love the color and all the little touches.


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