wood bench
Photo by Angela Ferdig

Check out this gorgeous entryway bench. And guess what? It's an easy DIY project that only cost $109 to make -- using reclaimed wood too! Can you believe it?

bench entry hall
Photo by Angela Ferdig

Tracy over at jumilla stories pointed out this lovely project, and I just had to find out more.

The affordable bench mastermind is Angela Ferdig of the blog kriselkeeper and owner of the Learning Tees shop. Lucky for us, Angela agreed to tell us how she made this pretty bench for a wonderfully low price.

Here's what Angela had to say:

I really needed a bench in our entry way so there was a defined and comfortable place for our 2-year old daughter to put her shoes on and to get ready to head out the door. This bench been wonderful for that.

wooden bench
Photo by Angela Ferdig
I was originally inspired by pictures of Julianne Moore’s West Village Living Room on Remodelista. They featured a Nakashima bench Julianne had along with a “less pricey” version at $850. My even less pricey version came in at $154 including an extra piece of wood I can use for another bench....so technically $109.

I wanted to use reclaimed wood, so I went to Reclaimed Wood Products here in the San Fernando Valley. The wood reclaimer only sells planks as they come so I couldn’t get a piece for just what I needed. Therefore, I got a plank that was 11-foot long for $90, and they split it into a 6-foot and 5-foot section. The bench you see is the 6-foot section. The other piece I will use to create another bench for our outdoor entry area. That one will be made out of concrete with the wood treated for outdoor use.

The plank I used has a lot of character, including a hole and marks where previous nails used to live. I chose not to stain it and leave it in its weathered condition because I feel the bench has "been places," and I find that charming in a way. It did take a good deal of sanding just to get it to this point though.

The hairpin legs I purchased from Hairpinlegs.com. I used the Raw Steel Hairpin Legs in the 12-inch size at $16 a piece.
Bolting the legs in was the easiest part.

Wow, this bench is fantastic, Angela. What an lovely outcome and such a budget-friendly DIY project for indoors or outdoors. Thanks for sharing. I'm totally inspired.

child dog entry way bench
Photo by Angela Ferdi