My DIY Entry way Shoe Bench/Table


from this to this

For the past 16 years I’ve been stumbling over a mountain of shoes that we kick off at the front door.  Enough was enough.  I went shopping for a simple shoe bench thingy and was shocked at the prices!  I was going to drop down a few hundred bucks for something that wasn’t really what I wanted.  I wanted something very simple. So, I got on  YouTube and Pinterest and found photos of simple designs. I have never built anything out of wood in my life!

So here is how it went down.

I went to Home Depot and had them cut  three pieces of prime  2 x 10  inches x 8 ft Douglas fir. The top piece is 46 inches and the two side pieces at 20 inches.  Cost $7.72.

Then I had them cut two pieces of Douglas Fir stud 2 in x 3 in x 96 in.   I had them cut the pieces at 42 inches.  (TOO SHORT I found out.. but I’ll get to that fix in a minute) Cost $1.96

Then I had them cut 2 Cedar Fence boards ( these are 5 inches wide)  The cuts were 12 inches. Cost $4.70 for two boards.

Total cost for wood: $14.38


I took all of the wood home and began to put them all together. I used a cordless drill and drilled in the screws.  This is what I ended up with.

I screwed the big top piece to the side pieces of the 2 in x1 in  boards then I placed the stud boards in between them.  OK.. I messed up and miscalculated how long the stud boards needed to be. I was off about an inch. So I used one of the cedar boards to fill in the gap. So, if you make this, make your stud board about 43 inches.  And I should have sawed that cedar board I used for the gap shorter, but I didn’t think about it until it was all put together.. Oh well.. it’s my signature!


I took the cedar boards and screwed them into the stud boards.  I had a few cedar boards left over   (I used 3 inch deck screws that we had a big box of in the garage.)


I then mixed up some DIY chalk paint using these simple directions from this Amy  on YouTube. Her directions were EASY.  You mix up paint with Plaster of Paris.


So, I painted the piece with the mixture Amy taught.  Then I let it dry and sanded the heck out of it. I went down to bare wood in some places.  I then took a dark stain and wiped it all over with a rag and just kind of smeared it to make it look old and rustic.



Then I gave it a coat of wax. (Minwax – base finishing wax)  (Amy tells you how to do this)

Then DONE!  The whole darned thing cost me $14.38 Wood, $10.00 quart of paint (on sale and I have a ton left over) $8.00 plaster of Paris (I have enough for a zillion more projects)

Total cost $32.00  

It took me about 45 minutes to put together and an hour to paint, sand, stain and wax.




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