I've been trying to figure out what to do with our front entryway for a while now. We have been blessed with an actual entryway with a nook on one side and a closet on another, which is great! However, figuring out how to use that small space in the best way has proved to be a little tricky. We had a small bedside table there for a while as a place holder, which was nice and provided a bit of storage, but I felt like maybe a bench would be a better use of that spot. The photo below shows the layout and the table (decorated from last Christmas, haha!).
I have dreams of a built-in bench here with storage underneath, but right now we have a list of projects looming sky-high and it's just not a priority for my handy hubby. So, I had to get creative. Thankfully, my mom and dad stepped in to save the day by offering me this cute little bench!
I love the lines of this little bench, and once we measured it we were amazed to find that it would fit perfectly in that little alcove. However, I felt like we had a lot of wood-tones going on already so I decided to spruce it up a little bit with some spray paint. And voila!
I LOVE how it turned out. Spray paint hasn't always worked well for me in the past, but I've found that a flat finish paint goes on like a dream and is really hard to mess up. I used Rustoleum 2x coverage with built in primer, in flat black.
I also found this pretty little wreath at JoAnne Fabrics, oh how I love it! So far, I think this is a much better use of the space. It provides a place to sit and take off shoes, set down purses, and we've been able to move the bench and use it for extra seating when needed. I have plans for the other side (the closet side) that hopefully I can share soon too....