The Best addition to our home!

Submitted by alifrancis on Thu, 03/17/2011 - 15:05

This by far has been my favorite build.  Our front room is in the process of being revamped, and this is just the beginning.  With our garage now dedicated to building, our cars have been kicked to the street.  This means we actually use the front door now, so I took full advantage of making a piece of furniture that would allow for all the various items that get dumped on the floor when we walk in.  

I love that everyone has a cubby and shelf for the shoes.  My kids actually hang their backpacks up now when we get home from school and my husband can find his keys, wallet and sunglasses now! 

This was one of the bigger projects I have tackled, but well worth it.  I don't think my husband would have ever allowed me to buy this at PB for over $1000

Estimated Cost
$150
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Type of Wood
I used MDF on the shoe shelf with pine trim and pine boards and playwood on the hutch.
Finish Used
Primed the whole project with Kilz oderless primer and sanded it to get a nice finished. Painted it using the Martha Stewart Francesca Paint in eggshell finish from HD. I started with a brush but was unhappy with the look and did the rest of the project with a foam roller. After two coats of black, I finished it off with two coats of Minwax Polycrylic in the Satin finish. NOTE: I put three coats on the bench top and the shoe shelves just for more durability.
Recommended Skill Level
Beginner

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