{Updated} Entry Way Bench + Shelf

Morning! We are in the dead of winter here and this grayness is taking its toll on me. Like big-time. It was cold, rainy and just plain blah here this weekend. I guess there’s no excuse for getting inside house projects done, right?! I know it will be March before we know it but January is one long (and gray!) month in Portland…

One of the many challenging parts about moving into a new place is trying to find a home for each furniture piece. Items that fit perfectly in our old bungalow have either settled in here nicely, or really don’t fit anywhere in our new space. I smell another garage sale this summer…

Anyway, one of the pieces I’m incredibly thankful we can continue to use in our new home is the entry way bench and shelf that my sweet in-laws had made for us a few years ago. This piece is crazy practical and works hard for us. It houses our hats, gloves, shoes and other random items such as scarfs, purses, and keys. Whatever I don’t want to lose, I place on the bench.

This is what it looked like in our last home…

entryway-console

As you can see, it was black. As of last week, it’s now the same color of our island (Farrow & Ball’s Down Pipe) thanks to some leftover paint and an afternoon spent painting. Since the bench is going in the same large room as our island, we thought it would be nice if both of these pieces were the same color.

Here’s the space before we brought in the bench/shelf (the kitchen is on the left). It needs something in the corner, don’t ya think?

entry way bench

And here’s the space with the updated entry way piece (sorry for the poor photos in advance)…

entry way bench

entry way bench

entry way bench

Again, the photos are poor – it was so dark in the room due to our lovely weather:(. I’m still unpacking boxes and trying to find my baskets for the upper shelves, so obviously the piece has yet to be fully styled. But at least it’s painted and in place. A small success!

15 thoughts on “{Updated} Entry Way Bench + Shelf

  1. Stacey Said:

    How special!! I love that you have something that a family member made!! And it looks just perfect in that space. It was meant to be!

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  2. Joy | Frock Files Said:

    Oh, I envy you for having a proper entryway! We live in a condo, so our entry space is really tight. If we should ever have a house with a big enough area, I’d love to have something like your setup. The piece is looking classy in that new shade of grey!

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  3. Jenn Said:

    That fits perfectly — looks like it was made for the space :)

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  4. Jillian Said:

    Gosh I love everything.

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  5. stephanie burnham Said:

    Kir- Where are you guys living? Your house looks amazing!!! I live in a shoe box in NYC :)

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    1. kirsten Said:

      Steph! Great to hear from you! We live in SW Portland….crazy close to your parents actually:). You should swing by when you are in town next!!! Would love to give you a tour of the renovations and of course, just see you!

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  6. Holly C. Said:

    I think it’s a great fit in that little corner!

    Oh & let us know when that summer garage sale is going to be ;)

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    1. kirsten Said:

      Hi Holly! Of course – will keep you posted about the sale!

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  7. Sara Said:

    HI
    Love your blog. I have a shelf and bench that are almost exactly like this that my dad just built for me. I’m wondering what type of paint did you use for this?? Did you put any type of protective coat on it? And….what did you use/how did you hang the shelf? My dad gave a suggestion, but I’m wondering what you did to hang it? Any info would be great! Thanks!!!

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  8. Stephanie Said:

    Loving all the updates on your new home! Question, what is the wall color in the entry of your old house (the first pic)?

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    1. kirsten Said:

      It is copley gray by Benjamin Moore!

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  9. allyn Said:

    What color are your walls in your new home? What made you decide on white?

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    1. kirsten Said:

      They are white dove by Benjamin Moore. I wanted something clean and crisp, so white it was! The color we chose is also a warm white, so it makes the space feel cozy.

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